Video Game-Based Exercise, Latino Children's Physical Health, and Academic Achievement

Exergames shown to improve Latino childrens' cardiorespiratory endurance, as well as their math scores.

Exergaming—such as Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), which involves aerobic dancing to instructions following a fast–moving dance video—can increase physical activity levels in children.

These researchers compared the impact of the DDR intervention on the health and academic achievement of urban Latino children with other Latino children who had no structured exercise in school.

The students who were part of the DDR group had faster one-mile run times and better math scores nine months after starting the program, compared to those in the control group. There was, however, no effect on children’s body mass index over time.