Growing up, many of us were introduced to the food pyramid.  It was an icon created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – one that would remain in our collective consciousness for decades to come, even after it was retired in 2005. While there are still some hotly contested healthy eating guides, one has seemed to rise above the rest by providing information in simple and concise ways: the Eatwell Plate

Unlike the Food Pyramid, the Eatwell Plate takes into consideration not just our dietary requirements, but our natural cravings as well. However, the Eatwell Plate is fairly new, and in order to get the word out that this new model had been created, the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has created a game called Eatwell Bingo.

Why they decided to go with bingo as a model is closely related to their culture, where the bingo industry is worth upwards of $557 million. As a testament to the power of the bingo industry, Free Bingo Hunter a website designed specifically to catalogue the myriad of bingo sites made available to the UK, has reported that sites have even gone so far as to give away brand new Peugeot  208s to lucky players. With such a large interest in bingo, it comes as no surprise that the FSA would choose this platform to help spread awareness of the Eatwell Plate.

Luckily, you and your family can learn the Eatwell Plate using Eatwell Bingo too. The FSA has made all relevant materials available online, including Eatwell Bingo picture cards, the actual Eatwell Plate, instructions, and caller cards with fun facts and information about the food in the plate. If you’re unable to find the time to print and cut the cards out yourself, you can also purchase a set from the Comic Company.

Playing Eatwell Bingo is a great way to learn more about proper dieting, as it’s not just fun, it’s also simple enough for just about anyone to understand. Play it with your kids, with your friends, or even just at a lunch party. With worldwide obesity rates at an all-time high, now is the time for ingenious games that help teach the public about what it means to eat healthy!

August 21, 2015 by Tina Miller

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