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36 Examples of Gamification of Health

From Healthy Eating Digital Games to Vitality Video Games

— September 10, 2014 — Tech
The gamification of health is a phenomenon that isn't too surprising given the manner in which every area of our lives seem to be getting gamified these days. Adding a gaming element to healthy activities serves as a staunch motivator, while enabling people to have fun while pursuing healthy activities and habits. Healthy habits are often associated with an absence of fun, and gamification helps alter that perception.

Every element of a healthy lifestyle -- be it diet, sleep, exercise, safe sex and mental well-being -- can be gamified. There are different ways in which this can be achieved. Apps, computer-based and Internet-based health activities have been common for a while, but there are also lots of physical gadgets that partake in the gamification of health, helping people infuse fun and healthy competition into their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.
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Crowdsourced Cancer Research Games
Crowdsourced Cancer Research Games
Playing Reverse the Odds Helps Analyze Real Scientific Data
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Intelligent Game Console Workouts
Intelligent Game Console Workouts
The Wii Fit U Features Advanced Monitors to Keep You On-Track
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Vision Training Video Games
Vision Training Video Games
Baseball Players Improve Their Sight by Playing a Digital Program
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Multi-Directional Treadmills
Multi-Directional Treadmills
The InfinAdeck Lets the User Move in Whatever Direction They Want
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Stress Reducing Gamer Gadgets
Stress Reducing Gamer Gadgets
This Kickstarter Gadget Detects Stress with Game Apps
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Balanced Activity Toys
Balanced Activity Toys
Samsung's Smart Toys Balance Technology with Physical Activities
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Exercise-Oriented Gaming Systems
Exercise-Oriented Gaming Systems
Goji Play Aims to Make Cardio More Engaging
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Monstrous Diabetic Games
Monstrous Diabetic Games
Monster Manor Encourages Diabetic Kids To Record Blood Glucose Levels
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Medication-Managing Apps
Medication-Managing Apps
Mango Health Turns Taking Pills into a Rewarding Game
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Menopause Quiz Apps
Menopause Quiz Apps
This Menopause Quiz App Promotes Public Education of Women's Health
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Fitness Video Game Harnesses
Fitness Video Game Harnesses
GameCube by Intellect Motion Encourages More Player Movements
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Gesture-Controlled Medical Robots
Gesture-Controlled Medical Robots
John Hopkins University Creates the 'da Vinici' to Aid Patients
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Charitable Fitness Pedometers
Charitable Fitness Pedometers
Striiv Combines Health with Giving
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Motivational Well-Being Games
Motivational Well-Being Games
Mindbloom Life Game Helps You Improve Your Quality of Life
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Child-Friendly Fitness Trackers
Child-Friendly Fitness Trackers
The Leapband by Leapfrog Aims To Fight Childhood Obesity
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Fitness-Encouraging Games
Fitness-Encouraging Games
The Zombie Game Gets People Healthy While Lowering Insurance Costs
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Depressing Adventure Games
Depressing Adventure Games
The Depression Quest Game Explores Important Mental Health Issues
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Disabled Fitness Games
Disabled Fitness Games
These Smart Should Pads Offers the Physically Impaired Gamified Exercise
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Childhood Autism Simulators
Childhood Autism Simulators
'Auti-Sim' Shows Users the World Through the Eyes of Hypersensitivity
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Gaming for Mental Health
Gaming for Mental Health
The SPARX 3D Fantasy Game Helps Players Cope with Depression
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Active Challenge Apps
Active Challenge Apps
Hotseat Encourages Workers to Stop Sitting and Interact With Each Other
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Vitality Video Games
Vitality Video Games
The Nintendo Wii Gets American Health Association Accolade
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Active Gaming Wristbands
Active Gaming Wristbands
The PowaBand Encourages Kids to Earn Points from Real-Life Exercise
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Gamified Pollution Apps
Gamified Pollution Apps
Helene Ly's Air Quality Game Helps You Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
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Wii Arm Toners
Wii Arm Toners
The Wii Pushup Bars are for Wii Fit Junkies
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Smoothie Sampling Games
Smoothie Sampling Games
Naked Juice 'Grab Some Good Stuff' Campaign Offers Arcade-Like Fun
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Gamer Fitness Programs
Gamer Fitness Programs
Alison Sweeney Heads Up EA Active '30 Day Challenge'
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On-The-Go Fitness Gaming
On-The-Go Fitness Gaming
Handheld 'Personal Trainer: Walking' for Nintendo DS
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Gamified Medication Apps
Gamified Medication Apps
Prescription Rewards App Encourages Patients to Keep On Top of Their Meds
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Gut-Busting Consoles
Gut-Busting Consoles
The Wii Rowing Machine Will Sculpt Abs in No Time
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Amusing Gaming Toothbrushes
Amusing Gaming Toothbrushes
The 'Grush' Kids' Toothbrush Turns Brushing into a Video Game
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Aerobic Gaming
Aerobic Gaming
The Arctic Gym Goes Beyond a Traditional Console
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Wii Anatomy Lessons
Wii Anatomy Lessons
Angela Moramarco's 'AnatoWii' Website Gives You an Excuse to Game
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Fitness Gaming Evolutions
Fitness Gaming Evolutions
The Kinect ‘Your Shape: Fitness Evolved' Keeps You in Shape
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Dumbbells for Gamers
Dumbbells for Gamers
Riiflex Releases Snap-On Weights for Wiimotes
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Smart TV Cycling Apps
Smart TV Cycling Apps
The Samsung Interactive Bike Game Keeps Exercisers Motivated
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