Nintendo Wii makes students healthii
February 3, 2010 by Jacob Zinn
The Kwantlen Student Association loves Wii.
Last week, students signed up for the KSA-run Nintendo Wii tournament at Kwantlen’s Richmond campus.
The Wiimote-toting tourney, which is scheduled to run through April, will feature selections from the Wii Sports video game, from boxing to bowling.
“Everyone takes turns and they go up against each other and they win prizes,” said Heather Poirier, a KSA volunteer at the Wii Heart Wii booth.
The dates for each competition are tentative. Boxing will likely be in early February, tennis in early March, golf in late March and bowling in April.
Registration for the tournament has ended, but Eddie Lee of the Student Health Improvement Program hopes the games will encourage students to become more physically active and join fitness classes.
Ivy Mendoza, another volunteer, said, “He’s really advocating for intramural sports.”
The school is only offering basketball this semester for intramurals and registration has ended, but other types of recreation such as pilates and yoga are alternative options.
Though Lee isn’t sure if other universities have added the Nintendo Wii to their fitness programs, he hopes to engage students and improve student life. He hopes that making exercise convenient for students will increase participation.
The yoga and pilates classes have steadily increased in attendance since last semester, but spots are still available and drop-ins are welcome. Kickboxing filled up quickly and is unable to accept any more applicants.