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Title: Serious Games for Diet and Physical Activity Change Among Children

item Baranowski, Thomas
item Thompson, Deborah - Debbe
item Baranowski, Janice

Submitted to: International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/20/2007
Publication Date: 6/20/2007
Citation: Baranowski, T., Thompson, D., Baranowski, J., Buday, R., Brug, H. 2007. Serious games for diet and physical activity change among children [abstract]. Sixth Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, June 20-23, 2007, Oslo, Norway. p. 58.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Our purpose was to present the development of an interactive multimedia (video) game, Escape from Diab, emphasizing the incorporation of theoretical principles to promote behavior change. New channels are needed to reach children in ways that capture their attention and commitment. Many children play electronic games for many hours each week. Games provide a channel that is engaging and maintains that interest. A challenge is how to promote health related diet and physical activity change, without being heavy handed on didactic messages. This session will report: theories useful for designing behavior change procedures in games; theories useful for designing behavior change storylines; how formative research enhanced game development; the programmers perspective on behavior change game development; how alpha testing enhanced game development; and the strengths and weaknesses of games for diet and physical activity change among children from the perspective of one of the leaders of tailored messaging. Games provide an engrossing medium that has a far and wide reach with children. We must learn how to use games to promote behavior change.