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August 6, 2008

How schools in Iredell County got kids jumping.

Recipe Name:

Dance Pads Get Kids Jumping


Target audience

  • Middle school students

Partners involved

  • Iredell County Health Department
  • Iredell-Statesville Schools
  • Mooresville Graded School District
  • Teen Health

Resources needed for the project

  • Eat Smart, Move More NC Community Grant funding
  • TVs
  • PE classes or other groups participating in physical activity
  • Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) dance mats
  • PlayStation2s
  • DDR games


The project

Studies in other school districts have shown that DDR dance mats increase students' physical activity using current and state-of-the art gaming technology. The Eat Smart Move More (ESMM) Committee worked with middle schools and one non-profit agency serving teens to introduce DDR into the curriculum.

Basic steps to implementing the project

  1. The ESMM Committee investigated new methods of increasing physical activity that could be incorporated into school gym classes. They interviewed youth to get ideas.
  2. The ESMM Committee secured a grant to purchase DDR pads - 2 per school, DDR games, Playstation2s and a TV.
  3. The ESMM Committee purchased and distributed the equipment.
  4. The schools incorporated the DDR games into their PE classes.

The Timeframe

  • The project took about four months to complete, not including interviewing youth for ideas.


Outcomes of the project

As a result of the project, the youth involved have increased their activity by participating in DDR games. To increase class participation, teachers have purchased plastic pads for students to use before rotating onto the metal pads that come with the game. Others have used electric tape and poster paper to re-create the pads. One school has created a technology gym with DDR and sports bikes that connect to Playstations. Parents and students have donated more Playstation2s. Because of the original $4,000 funded for this project, additional money totaling over $4,000 has been donated to increase use and expansion of the concept into 6 additional schools. Students are enjoying moving more!

More Information:

Name, Title: Shirin Scotten, Health Education Program Coordinator
Agency: Iredell County Health Department
Address: 318 Turnersburg Highway
City, State, Zip: Statesville, NC 28625
Phone: (704) 761-2487
Fax: (704) 832-2396

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