Freshmen and sophomores at St. Joseph’s Academy were introduced to a research project being conducted by Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC). The TIGER Kids study is aimed at increasing physical activity in youngsters ages 10-16 and reducing sedentary behavior to improve overall health.
During their physical education classes on November 14, the 9th and 10th graders enjoyed a dance video game that tracks and grades movements. The game, Kinect Just Dance, is played on the XBOX 360, one of the systems used by Pennington in exercise studies involving young people.
Interested students from across Baton Rouge can sign up to participate in the two-year research study, which consists of an orientation session at PBRC, activity-tracking tools to use at home and two clinic visits over the course of the program.
More information is available at http://www.pbrc.edu/TIGERKids or by calling (225) 763-3000. Participants may earn up to $100 for completion of the study.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine
Date posted: November 14, 2016