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Konami Hosting Childhood Obesity Summit, DDR Tournament In West Virginia

Video game publisher Konami will be hosting its first ever Childhood Obesity Summit alongside a Dance Dance Revolution tournament in West Virginia later this month, with support from the state and federal government.
Video game publisher Konami will be hosting its first ever Childhood Obesity Summit alongside a Dance Dance Revolution tournament in West Virginia later this month. The summit, taking place at the Embassy Suites in Charleston July 27 and 28, will include representatives from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and other state-level speakers, as well as Dr. Michael Dansinger from NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Konami is joined by the West Virginia University Extension Service and West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency in hosting the summit, which will also include the second annual tournament gathering school-age Dance Dance Revolution players from across the state to compete for scholarships and other prizes. "The popularity of Dance Dance Revolution in West Virginia is reshaping our youths' mindset regarding what constitutes physical activity," West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said in a statement. "I am proud of the positive impact Dance Dance Revolution is having on family time with children and adults across the state." Konami's Dance Dance Revolution has been used in West Virginia physical education programs since 2006. A 2007 study by West Virginia University found the program led to measurable improvements in arterial function in overweight children. "This is the third tournament we've brought to a public school system in the U.S. and Dance Dance Revolution is being integrated into P.E. programs across the country as a result of our work," Konami President Shinji Hirano said in a statement. "We plan to continue our push to help encourage today's youth to lead more active and healthier lifestyles in a way that works best for them."

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