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KONAMI music game "DanceDanceRevolution" (DDR) has been used in the physical education and health-related curriculums at elementary, junior high and high schools in the U.S. state of West Virginia since January 2006, as a tool for combating the problem of childhood obesity.
DDR encourages children to engage in fitness and fun by dancing to choreographed steps through beginner-friendly and interactive gameplay. Playing the game has provided children with an alternative means to exercise, which is a key factor in improving and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
Additionally, studies have shown DDR, when used over long periods, also improves overall health and can reduce the risk of diabetes.