Getting Kids Off the Couch Just One Part of Obesity Battle

The days of sitting in front of the television with an Atari controller or driving Mario around on his cart are largely over but even the more interactive video games do not do enough to keep this generation of children healthy.

Although the names of the games and gaming systems have changed over the years, too many kids in the US spend too much time in front of the television with a game controller in hand. Even the more interactive video game systems like the Wii do not do enough to keep this generation of children healthy.

At the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, Blaise Nemeth, MD, of the University of Wisconsin, discusses advances in video games and other steps parents can take to help keep their children active and healthy.