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  Video game encourages kids to ‘GET-UP’


Narrator:          This is Science Today. There's been a lot of research about the correlation between childhood obesity and sedentary-style video games. Now, researchers at the University of California, Davis, are teaming up with a professional game designer to develop a new video game that will encourage kids to log miles walked and calories burned in the real world. Cynthia Carter Ching of the School of Education is an expert in learning with technology.

Carter Ching:    We are partnering currently with an urban Sacramento middle school in their after-school program and we have about 30 kids in that pilot phase of the project. And currently they are wearing what are called Fitbit activity monitors and it has a display readout that says how active you are overall.

Narrator:          Carter Ching says that data from the activity monitors will become part of the game as points or achievements that kids can use to unlock or find things.

Carter Ching:     What we're hoping that our project does is actually give kids a sense of how the kinds of choices that they make in their everyday lives impact their health indicators.

Narrator:          For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.