Video Games That Keep Kids Fit

Never mind kickball or soccer. Some schools are now getting kids to break a sweat with exergaming fitness centers

Marc F. Henning for TIME

Road warriors: Racing on video-game bikes wins fans at Kirksey Middle School in Rogers, Ark.

Gym teachers and video games have never been a happy mix. While one side struggles to pull kids off the couch, the other holds them fast. But Kim Mason, a phys-ed director in Rogers, Ark., with 28 years of experience selling kids on the virtues of sweat, did something unlikely last year: she persuaded her public-school district to invest $35,000 in brand-new video-game equipment.

That would be more surprising if students in Rogers were the only ones plugging into interactive workouts, but they're not. Some 2,000 schools in at least 35 states have begun to set up exergaming fitness centers with...

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