According to a survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 97 percent of American youths play video games. South Carolina currently ranks as the fifth fattest state in the country. The two stats are unrelated but that may soon change. There’s currently a growing trend among video-game makers to use games to get people off the couch. The movement, called “exergaming,” is exemplified by Nintendo’s new Wii Fit. While the technology is in its infancy, the concept has major potential for getting an innovation-crazed generation motivated, or merely tricking them, into getting fit. Imagine actually taking a three-step drop in Madden 2012. —Myles Hutto

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