The Healthy Pick

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In order to help Rosedale's youth understand why it's so important to make healthy food choices, we've created a series of in-class games that get kids thinking about healthy food. We got the chance to work with teacher Peter Wetzel and 3rd graders at Frank Rushton Elementary School to test our game prototypes as well as mentor these bright and curious students. Kids are well aware of what healthy foods are, but they aren't necessarily sure why these foods are beneficial or how these foods can affect their bodies long term. The games we created seek to empower kids to make the healthy pick, whether it's at school or at home.
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Mckenzie Marston, Sam Mak, Jessica Rojas, Jessie Ren
mmarston@kcai.edu

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November 26, 2012
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The Healthy Pick is a series of in-class games that teach kids about healthy foods and their effects on the body in a fun and engaging way.
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The Healthy Pick system is packaged in a brown bag to allude to a sack lunch and grocery bag.
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To continually inspire the development of creative and innovative games, an online space will allow educators to share and discuss their experience.
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Student engaging with the My Healthy Body game.
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Students playing My Healthy Food bingo.
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Childhood obesity is a national epidemic, one that has touched Rosedale, Kansas where the childhood obesity rate is 51% compared to 29% statewide. There are programs in place that encourage kids to be active and eat healthy, but the kids aren't necessarily understanding why healthy foods will benefit them in the long run.

 
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A series of in-class games that teach kids about healthy foods and their effects on the body in a fun and engaging way. By explaining to kids why healthy foods are good for them, it empowers them to make healthy choices as well as be more creative when meal planning.