210890 Exergaming, the newest intervention in a medical fitness center

Monday, November 9, 2009: 9:10 AM

Ernie Medina, DrPH , Beaver Medical Group, XRtainment, Preventive Care Specialist, Redlands, CA
Robin Mellecker, BSc , Institute of Human Perfomance, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
An important component in a pediatric obesity program is physical activity, both as an assessment of fitness and for overall exercise. Children who tend to be referred to such programs tend to dislike PE, exercise, and traditional forms of physical activity. Exergaming (interactive video games) is a new tool that can get these hard-to-motivate kids moving. Some programs, such as the Family Fit Zone program, have been incorporating exergaming for the last two years. The Family Fit Zone program is a 7-week family program for kids ages 6 to 14 who are referred by their pediatrician for weight management. Most are above the 85th-percentile on the BMI curve. Patients who have a state-run Medi-Cal program called Inland Empire Health Plan and are at or above the 85th-percentile are fully covered by this insurance plan. This session will cover the curriculum, discuss how exergaming is used in the program, and discuss some of the challenges in using this form of physical intervention. Preliminary results will be presented on a study just completed on this program.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how exergaming is used in a pediatric obesity program. 2. Describe some of the challenges in incorporating exergaming into a program and possible solutions

Keywords: Technology, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: ...I have helped grow this field from the very beginning, over 10 years ago. I was one of the first to utilize exergaming in a medical setting, and have helped co-found a facility that uses these games in a medical fitness center. Also very involved in the industry of games for health, having spoken at a dozen health and tech conferences in the last year and a half. Also have worked with the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and their Pioneer Portfolio which includes their games for health initiative. In the field, I have earned the nickname, "Exergaming Evangelist".
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
MedPlay Technologies LLC physical activity Stock Ownership and co-founder
Exergame Fitness Advisory Board Advisory Committee/Board
Beaver Medical Group Preventive Care Specialist Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.