Games Fight Obesity and Turning it Down. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.
A game that encourages kids to learn healthy eating habits, another that challenges gamers to stack food without breaking a virtual scale, and an app that pairs physical activity with food choices – like 2600 sit-ups to offset an afternoon candy bar - are among those recognized today in the culmination of the $60,000 Apps for Healthy Kids challenge. Ben Reis was one of the winners.
REIS: We won the corporate recognition for Food Hero which is a game that allows people to improve their nutrition skills and motivate them to do exercise. So Food Hero is actually based on the premise where you adopt a troll, either a male or female troll, and you have to feed this troll every day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and a snack. And if you feed the troll well enough, that troll is strong enough to perform the sports challenges for that day.
Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it'll soon become law. The Senate unanimously passed a bill late Wednesday to require television stations and cable companies to limit the volume of commercials and keep them at the level of the programs they interrupt. The House has passed similar legislation. Before it can become law, minor differences between the two versions have to be worked out when Congress returns to Washington after the Nov. 2 election. Ever since television caught on in the 1950s, the Federal Communication Commission has been getting complaints about blaring commercials.
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That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.