Wednesday, June 20, 2007

NBC features Senior XRGamers!

6-20-07: NBC picked up on the SBSun's article about seniors and exergaming ( and wanted to do a segment for the health section in "Today in LA" on KNBC so they made the journey out to our neck of the woods. Thanks to Erin Haugh and Paula De Silva for helping to spread the word among their senior network. Linda and a group of seniors from the senior center at the Redlands Rec Center was there, as well as a group from the Joslin Senior Center. Also, a number of my senior patients from Beaver Medical Group were there as well. We really appreciate all of these folks showing up for this shoot. Many were interviewed and we'll see them on the news next week!

The event turned out very well, and it was neat to introduce exergaming to this population who I believe can really benefit from this because exergaming is a social thing, gives them obvious physical benefits, AND it also helps to stimulate the brain--something that is needed if you want to limit your risk of getting Alzheimers, dementia, etc.

Check out the pictures of this first-ever event! As for the taping, I'll post it here as soon as I know when it will air (sometime next week, between 6:20 and 6:40 AM during the health section).

Corey gives a tour to the seniors before the NBC crew arrives.

Paula DeSilva, of the SB Dept of Public Health, speaks with the producers of NBC, Yvonne and Andrew.

Getting a B-roll tight shot of the Wii controller, being held by XRtZ employee Vicky's grandfather.

Nicholas Costas attacks the Makoto for the videographer!

Isometrically strengthening those muscles (and brain) on the Powergird Exerstations.

Cruising on the Gamebikes playing a variety of PS2 games. Who said seniors can't drive?

One of our biggest cheerleaders, Zone members Linda Melzer (owner of Minute Man Press in Colton), hopefully will get her 5 seconds of fame on the AM news!

Having never played tennis before, this lady started to pick up the game pretty quickly.

Mrs. Costas shows good form on the Trazer while scoring goals.

The newbie Wii player recruited another person for doubles tennis!

Protecting herself from the ninjas on the Eye Toy Play 2.

Charter member Aleta (on left) and her 2 friends enjoy some healthy snacks after getting their workout on the exergames.

Hey, who let this senior in and how did he get a shake? Ok, he wasn't there with the senior group, but he is a senior and he came all the way from MI...not to be in the NBC shoot, but because he's our (and Dr. Knowlton's) dad! He's here for the month to rehab from his stroke (we work him out at the Zone and Drayson Center) and was one of our first senior xrgamers, using the Eye Toy at home.

Stay tuned for more info when we find out when it will air!

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