DH approves of Wii Fit Plus27th October 2009
The Department of Health is to allow logos from its Change4Life programme to be used on a new Nintendo game.
The Wii Fit Plus game is the first of its kind to receive the backing of the DH. It is a new version of the original Wii Fit game and allows players to exercise particular areas of their bodies by hula-hooping or doing aerobics.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "Active video games, where kids need to jump up and down or dance about as part of the game, are a great way to get kids moving more."
"Little bits of activity like this throughout the day can easily add up to the 60 active minutes kids need."
The gaming industry has been criticised in the past by politicians for promoting inactivity.
An advertisement was run by the Change4Life campaign earlier in the year which showed a child playing a computer game with the message: 'Risk an earlier death, just do nothing.'
The Change4Life logo will be displayed by the manufacturer on television, on the internet and in shops.
Dr Ian Campbell, of the charity Weight Concern, said: "We have to be realistic, people will continue to use games consoles but by teaming up the Wii with Change4Life the message is clear, that a healthy lifestyle involves increased activity as well as dietary control."
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Title: DH approves of Wii Fit Plus
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13020
Date Added: 27th Oct 2009