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New video game could unlock better fitness levels in kids

Narrator:             This is Science Today. A handheld video game that encourages kids to become more aware of their personal health by requiring them to enter personal data like steps walked, calories burned and diet logs, is under development by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of California, Davis. Cynthia Carter Ching is an expert in learning with technology at the UC Davis School of Education.

Carter Ching:       The game narrative that we're working with currently is that you're exploring the surface of an uncharted planet and so when you enter the game world there will be potentially new food sources or other kinds of things that will help you in your exploration that you could unlock based on the activity that you've logged. You could progress to the next level more quickly and so hopefully, it'll be a world that is compelling that kids will want to explore, but they'll be able to do it more quickly, more efficiently and with more exciting things going on, the more activity data they're logging.

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