On Television

Shellie Pfohl, Exec. Dir. of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, plays against a student at the USF Active Gaming Lab
Active Gaming
Video games aren’t just about mindless button pushing anymore, as systems like the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox Kinect are encouraging players to get up off the couch and get moving. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to USF’s Active Gaming lab as the Executive Director of President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition visits researchers who are looking at how these games can help fight childhood obesity.

On the Radio

Shellie Pfohl, Exec. Dir. of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, with students & faculty of Belle Witter Elementary
Active Gaming

Experts at USF are looking at how video games and "active gaming" can be used in schools to battle childhood obesity, and their work recently caught the attention of the nation’s top physical fitness director. University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM has the story.

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Video extras

Asst. Professor Lisa Hansen, the Co-director of the USF Active Gaming Research Lab, talks about the purpose of the lab—both for the children and the researchers. She also talks about the kinds of games in the lab, including the Gamercize “stepper” device.

Dr. Colleen Kennedy, Dean of the USF College of Education, talks about the kind of interdisciplinary research the lab is involved in, as well as what the students thinks of the lab.


Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, says the Active Gaming Research Lab ‘enhances’ regular physical education.

For more information

USF XRKade Research Laboratory

The President's Challenge



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