The rise in child obesity is a hot topic in the US, where statistics show the problem is rapidly growing. The culprits? Unhealthy food combined with time spent watching TV or video games. But before we go for an all-out electronics ban for the under 18 set, here are two pieces of kit to try to get them up and moving.
The Wobble Deck Balance Board ($39.99) is like the Simon Says of exercise toys. Kids perch atop it, following instructions called out by a voice for three types of games: memory match, speed play and free style. Selected as Best Toy by Better Homes and Gardens and the recipient of the Oppenheim Toy Award.
Geopalz ($19.99) are character-themed pedometers for kids that teach them about calories, how exercise affects the body, and offers incentives for logging more steps. New characters come out every 3 months, and kids and their parents can receive weekly emails with the child's progress. Kids can earn physical prizes by logging miles.
Families can also consider incorporating console-based exercise games into their family time. Check out our previous post on the top ten fitness games for PS3 Move, Xbox Kinect and Wii for some ideas.
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