Facilities

The Lab

The Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory is located within Williamson Hall on The University of Minnesota-East Bank Campus. Within this state of the art 1100 square foot laboratory is specialized equipment used to conduct empirical research within the area of physical activity epidemiology and intervention. Specifically, the laboratory is equipped to examine how implementation of novel technology, such as activity video games, virtual reality and smartphone applications, can aid in the improvement of physical activity participation and physical/psychosocial health outcomes among a diverse array of individuals within the general and clinical population.

The Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory in Williamson Hall
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The Exergaming Lab at Anne Sullivan Elementary School

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Gao established an exergaming lab in the fitness room at Anne Sullivan Elementary School (Minneapolis Pubic Schools) in January, 2013. The exergaming lab has eight Wii exercise stations and one Xbox Kinect exercise station. In addition, exergaming activities such as Dance Dance Revolution have been incorporated into the physical education classes in the gym.

The Exergaming Lab at Loring Elementary School

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Gao established an exergaming lab in the lunch room of Loring Elementary Schoolat Minneapolis Pubic Schools in September, 2014. The exergaming lab has three Wii gaming stations and three Xbox Kinect gaming stations.

The Exergaming Lab at Cooper Central Elementary School

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Gao established an exergaming lab in the brain gym room of Cooper Central Elementary School in Lubbock, Texas, in September, 2011 with his colleagues at Texas Tech University. Specifically, there are six Wii exercise stations and six Xbox Kinect exercise stations in the gym. The school offers a 75-minute weekly physical education class. With the school administrators’ support, a 75-minute weekly exergaming program has been set up. The program is integrated into the schools’ overall curriculum as an educational tool titled “Brain Gym Program”. The school also hired a full-time teacher to implement the program 2-3 per week with federal money support for Title I schools.

The Exergaming Lab at Cooper North Elementary School

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In 2010, this school initiated an exergaming program with six game stations including DDR and Wii Sports/Fit. A full-time teacher is hired to run the program twice a week. In January of 2011, Gao and colleagues offered six additional exergaming stations to this school. The exergaming program is well-received by both children and teachers thus far.


Research projects in ​ Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory