Active healthy kids Canada's position on active video games for children and youth

Chaput, Jean Philippe and LeBlanc, Allana G. and McFarlane, Allison and Colley, Rachel C. and Thivel, David and Biddle, Stuart J. H. ORCID: and Maddison, Ralph and Leatherdale, Scott T. and Tremblay, Mark S. (2013) Active healthy kids Canada's position on active video games for children and youth. Paediatrics and Child Health, 18 (10). pp. 529-532. ISSN 1205-7088


The effect of active video games (AVGs) on acute energy expenditure has previously been reported; however, the influence of AVGs on other health-related lifestyle indicators remains unclear. To address this knowledge gap, Active Healthy Kids Canada (AHKC) convened an international group of researchers to conduct a systematic review to understand whether AVGs should be promoted to increase physical activity and improve health indicators in children and youth (zero to 17 years of age). The present article outlines the process and outcomes of the development of the AHKC's position on active video games for children and youth. In light of the available evidence, AHKC does not recommend AVGs as a strategy to help children be more physically active. However, AVGs may exchange some sedentary time for light-to moderate-intensity physical activity, and there may be specific situations in which AVGs provide benefit (eg, motor skill development in special populations and rehabilitation). ©2013 Pulsus Group Inc. All rights reserved.

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Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 02:43
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2018 02:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: Active video games; Children; Exergaming; Physical activity; Position statement; Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery;
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420603 Health promotion
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion
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