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SC-10: Healthy Choice Bingo

(This is a health snack review activity)

Time:

20-40 minutes

Grade:

All

Summary:

Children will play a game of BINGO to review how to make healthy choices.

Did You Know?

Many children (and adults) have a negative attitude about healthy eating because they think it is all about rules, restrictions, and never being able to eat the foods you like.game of BINGO to review how to make healthy choices.

Materials:

  • Healthy Choice Food Bingo Cards(provided)
  • Food packaging and labels
  • Beans to use as markers

Activity:

  1. Review the food groups and healthy snack information from previous lessons (HE-1, SC-3, SC-4, SC-8). There may also be a poster or bulletin board you can refer to for review.
  2. Explain that you are going to play a type of Bingo game that has to do with the food groups.
  3. Pass out the Food Bingo Cards and beans for markers.
  4. Hold up food pictures or food packages one at a time and have the children use the beans to mark on their bingo card which categories the foods belong to (see Key Talking Points below).
  5. Explain to children that some foods can belong to more than one group. Examples: A frosted doughnut can be a sugared grain and a fatty grain. Milk can be healthy dairy and a healthy drink.
  6. The first time you play, talk through each card, asking:
    • "What food group does this belong to?"
    • "Does it have added sugar or fat?" If children stumble on this, one way to help is to read the first three ingredients on the label. Ask them if they remember what it means if any of the first ingredients are fat or sugar.
    • "Does that make this a 'sometimes food' or an everyday food?"
  7. Play continues until someone blocks out an entire row on his or her card.

Key Talking Points:

  1. Knowing the food groups helps you find out if you are eating a balanced diet.
  2. Foods that are normally healthy can be made unhealthy by adding fat (deep frying, adding butter) and sugar. Foods like this taste good and are fun to share with friends and family, but they should only be eaten sometimes, not every day.
  3. Many high fat and high sugar foods claim to be good for you or packed full of fruit.
  4. Chewy granola bars, sweetened drinks, sweetened cereals, most breakfast pastries and bars, deep-fried foods, fruit snacks and any food that has sugar or fat listed as one of the first three ingredients on the nutrition label belong in the fats and sweets group.

At the end of this activity, children will be able to:

  1. Recognize that foods from any food group can have enough added fat or sugar to put them in the fats and sweets group.
  2. Identify foods as sometimes or everyday foods.
  3. Identify misleading packaging.

Go Further:

  1. Send home Family Tip Sheet TS-8: Keep It Healthy. This sheet talks about foods with added fat, such as fried foods and creaming sauces, and how to avoid consuming too many calories from fat. Recipes for low fat alternatives are included on the back.
  2. Send home Family Tip Sheet TS-9: Snack Attack. Healthy snacks are an important part of a child's diet. This sheet explains how to choose healthful snacks that include foods from different food groups, with recipes on the back.
  3. Send home Family Tip Sheet TS-15: Fast Food Choices. This tip sheet gives some examples of fast food nutrition information, and some suggestions for how to make more healthful choices when fast food is your only option for a meal or snack.

Source:

Boston Medical Center, Nutrition and Fitness for Life Program, 2005