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Many of today’s parents were yesterday’s video game kids. Gaming has come a long way since the days of Pong and Packman, so rather than ban these games as sedentary time-wasters, why not look for active video games with motion sensors so you can all play and get physical together?

Video games don’t have to be the enemy of fitness, so consider saying “yes” to the gift request of something new for your family’s gaming system. But also say “yes” to limiting screen time to no more than 2 hours a day.

  • Preschoolers, age 2-4, will love Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover! The game focuses on positive messages about healthy eating and physical fitness. Not only does the Wii version gets kids up and moving, it allows parents to tag in and play using a second remote.
  • Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster gets preschoolers actively engaged in an interactive adventure designed for two. Along the way they’ll get positive life lessons about friendship, generosity and responsibility.
  • The Kinect sensor gives kids 7-8 years old access to six Big League Sports. The mini-games and skills-builders give up to four players some serious physical challenges.
  • Gymnast Shawn Johnson pushes kids with a gymnastics interest to follow in her footsteps and rise from amateur athlete to Olympic champ in Shawn Johnson Gymnastics. And parents can tumble along.
  • Use a special floor mat to track movements in Active Life: Magical Carnival, where fantasy themes keep young kids active physically and mentally.
  • In Let’s Cheer, Xbox 360 users learn and practice real cheers – engaging their whole body – and progress to harder and harder moves. Parents can join in or just cheer from the sidelines.
  • Teens can turn on PlayStation 3 and tune into Everybody Dance where individuals or groups of players of almost any age create choreographed dances, sing along and perform. There’s also a workout mode which tracks calories as you dance.

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