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Recently, researchers have been interested in the use of game play, mechanics and psychology
for health-related engagement and behavior change. While initial studies have shown some
increases in health knowledge and/or behavior through gaming, there remains concern that the
vehicle for change is associated with a perceived sedentary behavior (6).
More recently, commercially available gaming devices are able to directly promote physical
activity through a new set of "kinetic controllers" added to the gaming experience. UHG
plans to evaluate the most recent of these kinetic controller technologies in the context of
a second iteration of JOIN (described above) to be implemented among a pilot group of
overweight and/or obese children whose BMI percentile is above the 85th.
This study will evaluate the effect of a commercial controller-free Exercise Gaming and
Entertainment Experience (EGEE) on physical activity levels in the context of a weight
management program in approximately 70 children ages 6 to12. The study will compare the
differences in physical activity levels over 16 weeks in two groups of children.
Ages:6 - 12
Inclusion Criteria: - Children ages 6 - 12 with Parent or Gaurdian. - Child must be enroll in JOIN Program, - Child must have a BMI in the 85th percentile Exclusion Criteria: - English Speaking Participants only
Sponsor: UnitedHealth Group
Phase: Phase 4
Trial ID: NCT01757925
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