December 2004 Dance-Dance-Revolution
(DDR) Franklin Elementary has been chosen as a pilot site
in the PEIA Pathways to Wellness Program to participate in the new
craze Dance-Dance-Revolution video game. DDR combines video game
technology with fitness, requiring players to jump around to score
points rather than just moving a joystick or pushing a button.
DDR has developed an almost cult following of fans, many of whom
have lost a significant amount of weight playing the game. With
obesity being at epidemic proportions in America West Virginia
being number three in the country and with video games being
accused as being one of the culprits, this game combines physical
activity and technology to help children become more active.
The game came to the US from Japan in 2001 in video arcades and
is now available in a home version. The premise of the DDR is simple:
players stand on a 1-foot-square dance pad with arrows on the square
facing up, down, left and right. The player faces a video screen
that has arrows scrolling up to the beat of a chosen song. As the
arrow reaches the top of the screen, the player steps in the corresponding
arrow on the pad..
The DDR game will be introduced in PE classes at FES to allow students
a new format for becoming physically active. The game will also
be used at monthly reward times and special events at the school.