Note: In 2013, Health Games Research completed its work. This web site is now an archive and will not be updated. Please visit the web site of the Center for Digital Games Research at UC Santa Barbara to find current information about health games and the broader field of digital games, and to use the Health Games Research online searchable database.


Health Games Research has awarded grants to 21 universities, medical centers, and other non-profit organizations in 2008 and 2009. The grants support research on processes and effects of playing games that increase players’ physical activity and/or help them improve their healthy behaviors or self-care. This research is developing theoretically grounded, evidence-based principles for the design and implementation of effective health games, while addressing the unique needs of specific populations of game players.


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