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AHA grants heart approval of Nintendo Wii

May 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Nintendo is donating $1.5 million to the American Heart Association, and they in turn are giving the company's game console Wii its iconic heart branding.

The endorsement comes amid growing concern about obesity among kids who spend too much time with television and video games.

The American Heart Association says it is giving the Wii its approval because it will encourage sedentary Americans to take the first step toward fitness.

The Wii comes with a controller that encourages people to physically move as they play.

"We can keep beating the drum on traditional exercise and make small changes to the obesity epidemic, or we can try something that is really provocative and new," said AHA President Clyde Yancy.