Friday, May 25, 2007
Medical Reports: HEALTHCAST: Video games
Spending hours in front of the TV playing video games is not healthy for your kids, right? Some inventors are out to change that. 7's Christine Cruz shows us how you might be able to give your kid's idle pastime a healthy new twist.
WSVN -- An hour in front of the TV may not sound healthy -- but how about an hour of dancing?
George Graham: "It may be a partial solution to the obesity epidemic we're facing today."
It's just one of new video games that, doctors agree, can actually be healthy.
Smart Brain is designed to help kids overcome Attention Deficit Disorder. The child wears a special hat with sensors that only work when the person playing focuses on the task at hand.
Janelle Mathur: "I slow down if I don't concentrate. I speed up if I do."
The goal is to change the brain waves that create ADHD.
Another video game has been created to help kids learn to cope with cancer.
Jeanne Harvey: "You know we always have to be creative with teenagers because a lot of times their reaction to all of this is to just shut down."
The game is called remission and kids who played learned about their disease and were more likely to follow directions when taking their medication.
David Kassow says it gave him a new perspective on fighting cancer.
David Kassow: "You don't really get a chance to fight cancer, but you're doing it virtually."
Christine Cruz: "And he's in remission; a happy ending for him, and for the other kids gaming their way to good health."
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