Video Game Tackles Childhood Obesity

"Because obesity that begins in childhood is associated with more severe adult obesity, the effective prevention and treatment of childhood obesity is a critical strategy to control the rise in medical costs," said Dr. William H. Dietz, director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the CDC.

In addition to being free on the Web, "The Incredible Adventures of the Amazing Food Detective" is being distributed to 5,000 schools with the help of Scholastic, the global children's publishing and education company.

Those schools are also receiving supplementary educational materials for teachers as well as take-home materials for families to explore together. Kaiser Permanente has made all those supplemental materials available for free as a download at

Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)
Best for ages 9-10
From Kaiser Permanente,, available free.

Jinny Gudmundsen is the kid-tech columnist for the Gannett News Service and USA, and is also the editor of Computing With Kids Ezine.

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