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Walk ‘n Play – OK

ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2010) —  It’s  difficult for public health officials to get people to make a conscious effort to control their weight.
This is why Chinmay Manohar in the Department Endocrinology, Nutrition and Diabetes of the Mayo Clinic designed a device to help motivate people to be more active. A study published by Manohar’s department showed that under a controlled diet, leaner people tend to spend two and a half more hours per day standing than did heavier people. The results indicated that leaner people were more active in their day-to-day activities even when they weren’t exercising. According to Manohar, “If that is the case, why don’t we encourage people to get out of their chairs?”
The user inputs their height and weight into the program and throughout the day, their score can be monitored. The program will tell the user if they are winning or losing against the computer. There is no pressure and the game does not ask you to do any specific exercise. But turning physical activity into a game makes people more competitive and more likely to get active. The program was tested for the ability to detect changes in movement as little as half a mile per hour.
The iPhone® and the iPod Touch® use motion sensors called accelerometers that detect motion. Walk n’Play that can be downloaded for free through iTunes, and as more smart phones adopt the motion sensor technology, the likelihood of the program becoming compatible between platforms will not be difficult, says Manohar.
Over 10,000 people have already downloaded the Walk n’Play, but Manohar knows it will take more than a basic activity monitor to keep people’s interest.  “You have to put an element of fun into the whole thing to encourage people to be more active,” Manohar said, “we put people into a gaming mind-set and people unknowingly do exercise and have fun doing it.”
The group further modified the program to integrate basic social networking. Fitness and weight-loss in general is easier to do with a buddy. The newer features will allow a person to play against their friends or even compete with people or top performers from other countries or time zones. Users can even post their performance as their Twitter status.
According to Manohar, most people know they need more exercise to maintain a healthy weight, but getting up the motivation for a workout plan can be daunting. Using programs like the Walk n’Play can encourage people to make incremental changes in their daily activities that can add up to better health, like promoting people to take the stairs more often to get in that extra little bit of exercise for the day

ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2010) —  It’s  difficult for public health officials to get people to make a conscious effort to control their weight.
This is why Chinmay Manohar in the Department Endocrinology, Nutrition and Diabetes of the Mayo Clinic designed a device to help motivate people to be more active. A study published by Manohar’s department showed that under a controlled diet, leaner people tend to spend two and a half more hours per day standing than did heavier people. The results indicated that leaner people were more active in their day-to-day activities even when they weren’t exercising. According to Manohar, “If that is the case, why don’t we encourage people to get out of their chairs?”
Walk n’Play: Designed for EverybodyThe user inputs their height and weight into the program and throughout the day, their score can be monitored. The program will tell the user if they are winning or losing against the computer. There is no pressure and the game does not ask you to do any specific exercise. But turning physical activity into a game makes people more competitive and more likely to get active. The program was tested for the ability to detect changes in movement as little as half a mile per hour. The iPhone® and the iPod Touch® use motion sensors called accelerometers that detect motion. Over 10,000 people have already downloaded the Walk n’Play, but Manohar knows it will take more than a basic activity monitor to keep people’s interest.  “You have to put an element of fun into the whole thing to encourage people to be more active,” Manohar said, “we put people into a gaming mind-set and people unknowingly do exercise and have fun doing it.”The group further modified the program to integrate basic social networking. Fitness and weight-loss in general is easier to do with a buddy. The newer features will allow a person to play against their friends or even compete with people or top performers from other countries or time zones. Users can even post their performance as their Twitter status.According to Manohar, most people know they need more exercise to maintain a healthy weight, but getting up the motivation for a workout plan can be daunting. Using programs like the Walk n’Play can encourage people to make incremental changes in their daily activities that can add up to better health, like promoting people to take the stairs more often to get in that extra little bit of exercise for the day

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