Grand Opening of Canada's First Exergaming Research Centre

An innovative research project is hoping to discover whether the new generation of ‘exergames’ can really impact on youth fitness, and perhaps help with the growing incidence of obesity among Canadian youth. Exergames are a new trend in video games that combine an element of exercise with traditional gaming.

The research centre, located in southwest Calgary, is a collaboration between the Foundations for the Future Academy, the University of Calgary, and Mount Royal University. It is funded by the Community Initiatives Program through the Alberta Lottery Fund.

The school plans to integrate active gaming into the school day using programs such as i-Dance (a wireless, multi-player dance system), Wii Fit, XRboards, and Lightspace technology.