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MyPlate Food Bingo

Image courtesy of:
Smart Picks Inc. and Kathleen Stefancin MS, RD
Producer:Smart Picks Inc. and Kathleen Stefancin MS, RD
Date Produced:January 2012
  • Game
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • High School (13-18 yrs)
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • Older Adults (51+)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Pregnant/ Lactating Women
  • Child Care Providers
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Health at Every Size
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Vegetarian Diets
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
Description:"MyPlate Food BINGO" is a fun, easy way to teach 9 year olds and up how important it is to eat healthy and grow up feeling energized and feeling great. Based on the USDA's revamped MyPlate food categories - vegetables, fruit, whole grains, protein and dairy - this gustatorial game's 95 different foods will get everyone involved considering different options, portion sizes and combinations. As an added bonus, you'll get 30 tips each on healthy eating, snack ideas, and ways to increase your exercise. Also perfect for people who choose a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, or for those with lactose or other food sensitivities or allergies, "MyPlate Food BINGO" also includes extensive information on meat and dairy alternatives.
Ordering Info:Order on line at www.smartpicks.com Fax Purchase Orders to 216-226-5413 or email to smartpicks@gmail.com
Web Site:www.smartpicks.com


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Bingo Cards feature the MyPlate graphic at the top with food group amounts for a 2,000 calorie diet.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Suggested age range for the resource is stated as ages 9-adult, which seems appropriate. The Instructions Sheet and Information Sheet included with the game provide accompanying and supporting information.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.

Purpose is clearly stated in the Instruction Sheet and is appropriate.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

Instruction Sheet states the following appropriate objectives:

Player will learn, or learn about:

  1. the MyPlate symbol and Food Patterns
  2. the five major food groups
  3. the categorization of 95 foods within the five major food groups
  4. foods that can be categorized in more than one food group
  5. 17 non-dairy and 3 dairy foods
  6. 19 physical exercises
  7. recommended portion sizes for 75 foods
  8. the calcium content in milligrams (mg) for 17 non-dairy foods and 3 dairy foods
  9. 20 whole grains
  10. 30 tips for healthy eating
  11. 30 healthy tips on snack and meal ideas
  12. how to build healthy plates from 95 foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  13. identifying 95 foods from facts about those foods
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Material includes a variety of stimulating and interesting learning experiences, questions, projects, or suggestions for further action that will involve the reader.

There are several ways this game could be used to teach players about MyPlate.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Material includes three or four of the above.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activities/discussion questions included.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
C. General Comments
D. Overall Summary
MyPlate Food Bingo is a colorful and engaging game that can be used in a variety of settings and with various player groups.

Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended

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