Dr. John: Bicycle-powered TV could help kids get more exercise

12:26 PM, Nov 16, 2011   |    comments
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It's called the 1-2-3 GO TV and consists of a bike trainer that attaches to any TV set in your house. The child's own bike is attached to this trainer, and when they pedal the bike, a transmitter sends a signal to a separate box that allows the TV channel to be displayed. Once they stop pedaling, the screen goes blank.

With our increasing concern over the childhood obesity epidemic, plus recent studies showing that too much sitting during the day can cut years off of someone's life, having a device like this can help keep kids healthy.

Recommendations currently call for 60 or more minutes a day of exercise for children. With cuts in PE and an increasing amount of time spent on computers, video games or watching television, kids tend to not get enough exercise. Over time that could mean more weight gain and problems with issues like diabetes and heart disease.

Marrying something they like to do - watch TV - with something you want them to do - exercise more - might be one way to help keep them healthy. Of course, you could also have them turn off the TV and head outside for some good old fashion fun, which doesn't cost a cent.

For more information, visit: http://www.123gotv.com. The set-up can be ordered for adults, too.

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