MORGANTOWN, VA – Interactive video games could help improve the fitness level of children. Preliminary results of first 12 weeks of an at-home clinical study indicate significant improvement in arterial function and fitness levels among the 7-12-year-old participants of a program that uses interactive video games.

Two University of West Virginia University (WVU) professors studied Dance Dance Revolution(DDR) and Choosy Kids Club, an after-school health program for children that is part of the West Virginia Motor Development Center in WVU’s School of Physical Education.

After the trial period, participating children were more willing to participate in other physical activities, had higher self esteem and better coordination. Additionally, many parents and siblings got involved in DDR with their participating child.