With cardiovascular disease the number one cause of death in the United States, the American Heart Association has made history by teaming up with Nintendo of America in an effort to combat the disease.
According to the AHA (American Heart Association), one in three adults is obese and nearly 70 percent of all Americans do not get enough regular physical activity.
The AHA logo will appear as a stamp-of-approval on Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort along with the Wii itself.
“Nintendo has demonstrated clear leadership in active-play video games with the popularity of the Wii system,” said Clyde Yancy, M.D., president of the American Heart Association, “and I’m confident that together we can encourage Americans to become more physically active.”
A website representing this partnership called Active Play Now states that Nintendo and the AHA will also co-host a “multidisciplinary Innovation Summit of representatives from areas such as science, health care, research, physical activity, fitness and video gaming. The goal will be to bring together thought leaders, each with a unique perspective, to take a closer look at the synergies and benefits of active-play video games.”