Master the Eatwell Plate with Eatwell Bingo
Many of us share a love-hate relationship with food, enjoying its wonderful flavors, yet completely aware of what too much intake can do to us. If the sheer number of specialized diets like the Paleo Diet tell us anything, it’s that more people are pushing to learn more about eating right, and about eating nothing but the most necessary food. Enjoyment is often pushed to the side in favor of nutrition, but the UK’s Food Standards Agency has sought to prove that you can still eat your regular food, as long as you eat in proper proportions.
Promoting the Eatwell Plate, an improvement on the now-defunct Food Pyramid, the UK’s FSA is coming up with some incredibly unique ways of getting their message across. According to the Eatwell Plate, you can have pretty much anything – yes, even sugary drinks like soda – so long as you proportion well. “Eating healthily is about eating the right amount of food for your energy needs. In England, most adults are either overweight or obese,” says the FSA. “This means many of us are eating more than we need, and should eat and drink fewer calories in order to lose weight.”
Because the Eatwell Plate applies to nearly everyone (except children under the age of 2), the FSA has wasted no time in trying to propagate it, even utilizing one of the most popular pastimes in the UK: bingo. The UK’s bingo industry is worth a whopping $557 million annually, prompting even British supermarket chain Iceland Foods to create Iceland Bingo in 2012. The FSA uses a game called Eatwell Bingo, which aims to encourage players to get the balance of their diets right.
All resources for playing Eatwell Bingo – call cards, bingo cards, and information sheets – can be found on their website. The aim of the game is to inform players so that they will be “able to recognise types and proportions of foods that strike a healthy balance, encouraging an interest in healthy food choices”. Playing the game is just like playing regular bingo, except instead of numbers, you draw food items, and then are treated to nutritional information about these items, hitting two birds with one stone.
If you’d like to download the Eatwell Bingo kit, click click here.