The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced last week that they are funding research to answer an interesting question: can video games be positive for the health and well being of adults and kids?
According to AOL News, some of the research being funded includes:
- a Cornell University study on "how a mobile phone game rewarding healthy eating and exercise will influence children's behavior"
- a University of Florida study to look at "how playing Playstation 2's "Crazy Taxi" affects perception in the elderly"
- a University of South Carolina study "to investigate the potential for using video games such as Wii and EyeToy to help people recover their motor skills after experiencing a stroke"
While video games do get a bad rap in the health care world, I'm of the opinion we have to admit there are here to stay and find a way to include them in a healthy life style. If these studies help us advice people to do that better, how can we argue otherwise? What do you think? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.