Getting the Kids to Eat Better with Eatwell Bingo

Posted on Oct 2 2014 - 6:09am by Johnny B

Parents encounter a LOT of problems when it comes to getting their kids to eat healthy. Recently, Johnny Broccolii’s discussed some ways to help get your kids to eat their 5-a-day, and they’re sure-fire ways to ease the stress of making sure your kids get enough vitamins and minerals in their meals. Often, it takes a LOT of convincing to even get them to finish their plates, but a fun bingo game might be able to help them understand why it’s important to eat more veg.

Bingo might not be quite as popular in other parts of the globe, but the UK sure has taken a renewed interest in the game. The market for online bingo in the UK is now worth $557 million a year, prompting even British supermarket chain Iceland Foods to launch Iceland Bingo in 2012. With the growing interest in bingo, the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has come up with a version of the game that helps teach young people the importance of eating the right food, and just how much of each type of food they need to eat. The game, dubbed Eatwell Bingo, has become a hit, capitalizing on the newly revamped Eatwell Plate – an update to the “Food Pyramid” that many of us grew up with.

The eatwell plate (UK NHS)

The eatwell plate (UK NHS)

All of the things needed to play the game can be found on the FSA’s website, including premade bingo cards, call cards, and information on each of the food items. It’s easy to play the game too, and it’s perfect for families, as all you’ll really need to do is gather the kids, give them one card each, and draw from the call cards provided. Each time a certain food is picked out, the players need to mark them off of their cards, and the bingo caller will then talk about the food item, how much of it should be consumed in a day, what nutrients it has, and what dishes it can be found in. The first to complete a pattern wins the game!

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