American Heart Association and Nintendo Team Up

Recognizing the Wii as an enjoyable way to stay moderately fit, the American Heart Association (AHA) and Nintendo have paired for a “multifaceted” strategic relationship.

Nintendo will benefit from the AHA logo appearing on packaging for the Wii system and specific products like Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort. A united call to action will urge consumers to “Get Informed,” “Get Empowered” and Get Active,” while the jointly-produced ActivePlayNow website will inform people on the benefits of being physically active and offer helpful tips such as “Choose a parking spot farther away than usual, and take some extra steps.”

Nintendo and the AHA also plan to produce a “multidisciplinary” summit later this year that will “take a closer look at the synergies and potential benefits of active-play video games and physically active lifestyles.” Participants will include AHA Exercise Physiologist Dr. Timothy Church and Entertainment Software Association (ESA) President Michael Gallagher.

Gallagher stated. “At a time when most Americans could benefit from more regular physical exercise, these high-profile efforts to promote healthy entertainment help to make active-play video games even more appealing to consumers of all kinds.”

Nintendo products will also be showcased at AHA Start! Heart Walk events around the U.S.

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    nightwng2000 says:

    "…enjoyable way to stay moderately fit…"

    Because not everyone needs or wants a "no pain, no gain" type workout.

    A lot of people don’t realize what they’re giving up just by choosing to drive their car a couple of blocks at lunch time.  True, they gain time, but they also give up that 20 minutes or so each way of just walking.

    The same is true of these interactive systems.  Any calories and fat burned, even just a little, helps a great deal.  And, over time, can be benificial.  One doesn’t have to do it til they pass out.  30 minutes to an hour each day does wonders.  Then you add on walking to/from lunch.  And even parking blocks away from work to get in the walk time before and after work.

    Lots of little activity throughout the day adds up.  But people only really look at the single event and think that it doesn’t matter.


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