Monthly Archives: June 2011

Sitting is Killing You

This is a great infographic about the negative effects of sitting. It was created by Medical Billing & Coding and is definitely worth a look.

A few of the interesting items on the graphic are:

  • we spend more time sitting than sleeping
  • sitting 6+ hours a day makes you 40% more likely to die within 15 years than someone who sites less than 3
  • obese people sit 2.5 more hours per day than thin people
  • calorie burning drops to 1 per minute when you are sitting
  • each extra hour of watching tv = 11% higher death risk
  • sitting in a reclined position puts less strain on your back

Sitting Is Killing You

Via: Medical Billing And Coding

Treating Cerebral Palsy with Wii Video Games

The Wii as physical therapy for cerebral palsy

The University of West Indies, School of Physical Therapy, recently conducted a study on the use of the Wii as a adjunct to physical therapy treatment for children with cerebral palsy. The study was a small one, only involving six children, but the results they found were very positive.

The Wii was chosen largely because of it’s affordability compared to other gaming consoles, making it a much more likely candidate to be purchased by the families of children requiring treatment. Compared to standard physical therapy treatment costs the Wii is very affordable.

One of the primary reasons cited for the success of using video games as therapy is because of the much greater likelyhood that the children will actually take part in the therapy. The video games, while being physically challenging, are also engaging and make the children what to do their therapy.

It is believed that the neurological connections in the brain are strengthened by the new activities offered by the ‘virtual reality’ game play and that the plasticity of the brain allows it to do some ‘re-wiring’ as a result of the mental and physical stimulation.

Although this study involved children with cerebral palsy, the researchers are excited to explore the possibilities of using the Wii with people with cardiovascular impairments as well.

You can read more about the study in the Jamaica Observer here: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Wii–care_8980080