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Optimizing Work With Play: A Gamification Primer

Sintek, Natalie J. M.A.; Pronk, Nicolaas P. Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: May/June 2013 - Volume 17 - Issue 3 - p 35–39
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e31828cb82b
COLUMNS: Worksite Health Promotion

Optimizing Work With Play—A Gamification Primer

Natalie J. Sintek, M.A., is a communication consultant for Aon Hewitt and a certified expert in gamification design. She holds a master’s degree in New Communication Technologies from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California. Her experiences in the field of health communications include work for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service at Northamptonshire Primary Care Trust and consulting work for large multinational companies in the United States. Ms. Sintek is a regular presenter at national and international communications events on topics ranging from gamification to motivational speaking.

Nicolaas P. Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, is vice president for Health Management and health science officer at HealthPartners in Minneapolis where he also is a senior research investigator at the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research. Dr. Pronk is an adjunct professor of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard University School of Public Health, where he teaches and conducts research in worker health protection and promotion. He is a past president of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion, an ACSM Affiliate Society, the editor of ACSM’s Worksite Health Handbook, second edition, and an associate editor for the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflicts of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

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