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Any parent can tell you it's not easy to tear a child from video games to get some exercise. But now, a California school is experimenting with a new approach that allows kids to do both at once.
A brand new gym was built just for the kids at the California school, featuring the latest core exercise equipment and some high tech twists. Kids at the school are having fun and working up a healthy sweat in the process.
Riding a stationary bike becomes a competition when hooked up to video games, and so does dancing.
Joshua Conde, one of the students says, "The Dance Dance Revolution really gives you a good workout because you have to move fast, go from one side to another; it's a good workout."
Another student, Riley Ishozaki says, "When they're riding on the bicycles they're not concentrating on exercising, they're concentrating on how they're playing the video games."
The Physical Eduction Teacher agrees saying, "The kids are motivated; we're not standing over them saying work hard run, do something, where normally it's difficult to motivate kids this age. In here they're motivated on their own."
In addition, children get an individualized workout plan with goals that they follow throughout the year. School administrators and parents decided to build the gym after some unexpected finances came from the state.
The Principal says, "If we can keep that momentum going for three years, not only see improvement of their health but in the classroom; on their test scores. The things that we're doing will hopefully carry on for the rest of their life."
The kids aren't thinking about childhood obesity, diabetes, or disease prevention. To the the children what matters is the cool factor.
Student, Alex Henry says, "I never thought we'd do anything like this."