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American Heart Association endorses video games

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Video games have come a long way since they first arrived in the late 70s and early 80s, but there's always been the warning it's bad for you.  But now, groups including the American Heart Association say active video games can actually be an important ingredient for good health.

"Active play video games have what we call a gateway effect. They get people up, off the couch. Playing active play video games, which can increase your energy expenditure two to five fold. We now find those are the same people that are getting involved in more active pursuits in more recreational activities like golf, bowling, etc," said American Heart Association Dr. Barry Franklin.

Move more - sit less.  that's the motto.  The American Heart Association is encouraging these games because physical activity reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease - which is the number one killer.

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