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Dr. Zan GaoDr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently published the article, "Video Game-Based Exercise, Latino Children's Phsyical and Academic Achievement," as the lead author in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The research was designed to examine the impact of Dance Dance Revolution [DDR]-based exercise on Latino children's physical fitness and academic achievement. Gao and colleagues found that the DDR-based exercise intervention improved children's cardiorespiratory endurance and math scores over time. This study was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Its national program, Salud America, serves as a research network in efforts to prevent obesity among Latino children.

Dr. Zan GaoDr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, served as the keynote speaker for a research symposium on February 22 at the 2013 American College of Preventive Medicine meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

The title of talk was, "Reducing Childhood Obesity among Latino Children." This event was co-sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Gao presented his research on exergaming along to an audience of primary care physicians, pediatricians, and medical school professors.

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.

Dr. Zan GaoDr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently published two pieces related to youth and physical activity in the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance Journal of Research. He is the second author on both publications.

Dr. Zan GaoDr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently received the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Helen M. Heitmann Curriculum and Instruction Young Scholar Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding professional for his/her exceptional contributions to research in the field of curriculum and instruction. He will deliver a 20-minute research talk at the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Curriculum & Instruction Academy Forum in Charlotte, N.C., in April.

Dr. Zan GaoDr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently published an article as the lead author in the Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness on exergaming, which are activities involving exercise-based video games.

Dr. Chaoqun Huang, assistant professor at Wayland Baptist University (Texas) and former advisee of Gao, is the second author on the article. The other co-authors are previous visiting scholars from Shanghai, China.

gao-zan-2012.jpgZan Gao, Ph.D., assistant professor of kinesiology, delivered a presentation to faculty, staff, and graduate students in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health (EpiCH) at the University of Minnesota on October 26th. Gao explored the impacts of different externally funded exergaming programs on children's psychosocial attributes, physical activity participation, fitness performance and academic achievement.

Exergaming is a term used for video games that are also a form of exercise. Popular exergames include Dance Dance Revolution and Wii Fit.

Dr. Zan GaoDr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently published an article as the lead author in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. This journal has an impact factor of 4.73. He also published an article, as the second and corresponding author, with his previous advisee in Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness. Citations for these articles are below.

gao-zan-2012.jpgDr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in behavioral aspects of physical activity, recently published two research articles as the lead author in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health and the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. These two journals have impact factors of 1.85 and 0.66, respectively. The full citations of these articles are below:

Gao, Z. (2012). Motivated but not active: The dilemmas of incorporating interactive dance into gym class. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9, 794-800.

Gao, Z., Podlog, L., & Harrison, L. (2012). College students' goal orientations, situational motivation and effort/persistence in physical activity. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 31(3), 246-260.

gao-zan-2012.jpgDr. Zan Gao, assistant professor of kinesiology, was recently appointed Section Editor for Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science. The journal, published by Taylor & Francis, Inc., is a valuable resource for users of quality measurement information in the fields of physical education and exercise science.

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