eXtension’s Avatar Fitness Club in Second Life attracted 21,570 visits since opening on September 1. The club offers a social environment for changing habits and maintaining weight loss by virtually modeling a routine of regular exercise. The club is free to join, and visitors come from the USA and many countries around the world.
Research at University of Kansas, funded by the National Institutes of Health, indicates that a weight loss management program using a Second Life avatar can be as effective or even more so than attendance at a physical world clinic. See the research at http://www.jneb.org/article/S1499-4046(12)00667-7/abstract
Would you like to reach a global audience with your programming in Health and Wellness? In response to visitor requests, the Avatar Fitness Club will soon offer live workshops on nutrition and related topics. Will you consider teaching a class as a single event, or monthly, or even more? Training for our new group of virtual educators begins October 15.
For more information, contact LuAnn Phillips, eXtension Virtual 3D coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.