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Gao integrates exergaming in a Minneapolis public school

Dr. Zan GaoDr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently established an exergaming lab in the fitness room of Anne Sullivan Elementary School. Gao received support for exergaming (activities involving exercise-based video games) from the administrators of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, and the principal and teachers at Anne Sullivan Elementary School.

The exergaming lab has eight Wii exercise stations and one Xbox Kinect exercise station. In addition, exergaming activities such as Dance Dance Revolution have been incorporated into the physical education classes in the gym. According to Gao, this program has been well received by the teachers and students in the school.

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