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Exergames taking fitness to a new level

Narrator:          This is Science Today. There's a whole class of games out now called fitness games that are designed to get people moving, like Wii Fit and XBOX Kinect. But there's a new class of games called exergames.

Carter Ching:    They're actually little handheld games, you can get them as apps for your phone or it'll be like a little pedometer and you play the game as you're walking. So, it's an augmented reality sort of thing.

Narrator:          Cynthia Carter Ching, a professor of learning and mind sciences at the University of California, Davis, School of Education, says they're working on a prototype exergame with a gaming company as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project, which is called #GETUP, or Gaming to Educate Teens about Understanding Personal Health.

Carter Ching:     Ideally, what hope, it will allow them to see the kinds of choices that they make on a regular basis, not when they're gaming, but in the rest of their lives.

Narrator:            After the prototype is released and tested, the next step will be to analyze the data and add more schools to the project. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.