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Evaluation of a Commercial Gaming Impact in a Childhood Obesity Intervention

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Trial Conditions
  • Childhood Obesity
What is the purpose of this trial?

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.

Date & Status


Who can Participate?


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

Gender: Both
Trial Interventions
  • weight managment program
  • Active Gaming
Other Information

Sponsor: UnitedHealth Group
Phase: Phase 4
Trial ID: NCT01757925
Volunteers:  Accepting Healthy Volunteers

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