In the recent iGames at Deer Park’s May Moore Primary School, students sprang into fitness mode through the use of active video games during their physical education classes. Fitness professionals brought the iGame4 Fitness Program into the school to promote physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle by integrating larger-than-life interactive and educational video games into school curricula.
In small groups, students rotated through 15 fitness stations, each of which featured 100-foot screens, projectors and video game consoles. The program’s three games – “Just Dance,” “National Geographic” and “Kinect Party” – helped students improve their endurance, flexibility, balance and overall health while building teamwork skills. Each class at the school spent an entire period in the gym, enjoying approximately 42 minutes worth of healthy play, with each student spending 10-12 minutes per game.
“It combines something the kids want to do – play video games, and something they need to do – get exercise,” said iGame4 manager Andrew McBride, who was on hand to assist the students in getting the most out of each game.