It turns out that gaming can actually be good for your heart. Well, so long as it involves using a Nintendo Wii Fit balance board.
Nintendo and the American Heart Association have teamed up for a new health and sports initiative launching just in time for summer.
According to the AHA, almost 70% of Americans don't get the recommended level of physical exercise each week. With the "active play" initiative, the AHA is recommending at least 60 to 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week, depending on age.
Some new editions of Nintendo Wii products will be shipping in AHA-branded boxes, starting very soon. That includes the Wii, Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort. CNET also speculates they'll tie in the recently-announced Wii Vitality Sensor, which monitors heart rates and gives feedback to reduce stress.
The AHA seems to have recognized that gaming is a popular activity in the U.S., so it seems like a smart way to try to encourage exercise - although I don't know how much this will benefit Nintendo sales.