As a parent the topic of video games can be problematic! let’s face it all those hours in front of the box it can be a source of tension.
Well this week The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently published a paper that argued health-focused video games, including those for mobile platforms, now deserve “serious attention.”
Dr. Leighton Read of Alloy Ventures and Seriosity, Inc. and Dr. Stephen M. Shortell from the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley chronicled the popularity of video games and the promise that the popular form of media holds for teaching the public to make healthier choices.
Some examples currently include:
- Zamzee – online rewards system for kids based on physical activity
- Mindless eating challenge – peer support via mobile phone
Read JAMA to find out more