Media Morsels

by Joy Keller on May 01, 2007

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! That’s the attitude Mayo Clinic researchers took when they measured how much energy kids expended playing video games. The findings were published in the December issue of Pediatrics (2006; 118 [6], 1831–35).

The study is the first to scientifically measure the energy spent playing video games. Subjects included 15 normal-weight children and 10 who were mildly obese. Both groups were tested while sitting and watching television; playing a “traditional” video game; playing two types of video games that required activity; and watching television while walking on a treadmill.

Researchers found that kids expended the same amount of energy while sitting and watching television as they did while playing traditional video games. When participants played the first activity- focused video game, which used a camera to virtually “place” them in a game of catch, their energy expenditure tripled. The result was the same for both lean and mildly obese children. Walking on a treadmill while watching television also tripled expenditure in the lean group, and resulted in a nearly fivefold increase in the mildly obese group. Both groups burned the most calories while playing a dance video game, but expenditure was considerably higher for the obese group—just over six times more than sitting still.

The Cooper Institute has received accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting board for the National Organization for Competency Assurance. The NCCA uses a peer review process to

  • establish accreditation standards;
  • evaluate compliance with the standards;
  • recognize organizations and programs that demonstrate compliance; and
  • serve as a resource on quality certification.

According to the NCCA’s website, the following certifying organizations are accredited: the American Council on Exercise, the National Council on Strength & Fitness, the National Federation of Professional Trainers and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

IDEA member Beth Shaw, president and founder of YogaFit® Training Systems, has been recognized by the Humane Society of the Desert for her contributions to Orphan Pet Oasis and named an honorary member of the organization’s Million Dollar Club. Among Shaw’s donations were multiple loads of fleece blankets for the animals. Shaw supports various charitable organizations for animals, including Noah’s Bark, Pugs ’n’ Pals and Forte Animal Rescue.

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Joy Keller

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Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master. Joy joined IDEA Health & Fitness Association in 2002, and brought with her a wealth of information about how to fine-tune communication channels, after having spent her formative career years specializing in business-to-business journalism. Before she even graduated with honors from the respected University of Georgia journalism school, Joy was offered a job at one of the most successful trade publishing companies in the southeast, Shore Varrone, Inc. She made her mark in the automotive aftermarket industry as a creative thinker and journalist with an intuitive knack for researching and understanding niche audiences. Joy has worked on several titles, including Auto Trim & Restyling News, Truck Accessory News, Digital Output Magazine, Retail & Construction News, Miata magazine, Ford Racing, and many more. Her passion, however, lies with health and fitness. She was the associate editor of ACE Certified News while working at the American Council on Exercise, and transitioned that publication from a newsletter to a magazine. She has enjoyed 17 years at IDEA, where she has launched several publications, including the award-winning Inner IDEA Body-Mind Spirit Review, IDEA Pilates Today and IDEA Fit Business Success. Joy is a content creator and media 2.0 advocate who takes pride in discovering the unique information needs of qualified audiences, and she is dedicated to serving those needs while following the highest available standards.