An online game might be the secret weapon for winning the war against childhood obesity. Researchers at Mason have designed and tested a nutrition education program called “Color My Pyramid” to teach students how to evaluate their dietary intake and activity level. The program incorporates the Department of Agriculture’s MyPyramid.gov for Kids Blast-Off Game, an interactive computer game that allows kids to win by fueling their rocket with nutritious foods and a healthy level of physical activity. The Color My Pyramid program comprises six classes taught over a period of three months. Researcher analysis showed that the program significantly improved children’s eating habits, increased physical activity levels, lowered blood pressure and decreased weight and body mass index percentiles. In this presentation, Dr. Jean Burley Moore, professor and assistant dean of nursing research development in Mason’s College of Health and Human Services, shares the results of this innovative program.

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