Advocate slideshow: Video game grant to help end childhood obesity

The Cooper Institute is looking for schools in Preston Hollow and Far North Dallas to take part in a six week study to determine if the video game, The Quest to Lava Mountain, will improve children’s food choices.

Schools must be eligible for the free and reduced lunch program where 15-20 fourth grade students can test out the video game for 90 minutes a week. Members of the institute will check the children’s BMI’s  in the beginning and track to see if their food choices and intake improves.

The institute, in partnership with The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, will use the 3-D video games where children learn about healthy food options by losing and gaining power through their food choices.

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Children can also learn new skills like gathering and cooking healthy food and creating recipes.

A $100,000 Healthy Futures grant was awarded to the institute for the study from Tom Thumb through The Safeway Foundation.

Schools interested should email Nancy Beasley, associate director of youth initiatives and product development, at

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