This is a guest writer contribution.
Health is wealth. It doesn’t matter how rich you may be, without your health you won’t really be able to fully enjoy life.
Health is wealth. It just rolls off the tongue, right? The problem is, it’s easy enough to say, but hard to actually commit to, especially when we’re talking about proper diet. And I know all about that since I spend a couple of hours every Sunday doing meal prep to make sure I have healthy things to eat during the week.
No two ways about it, sticking to a healthy diet can get a bit hard. There can be too many temptations. A burger here, some ice cream there, and suddenly you find yourself off the wagon. Let’s not even get started on all those “diet” pills; more often than not (and by that we mean pretty much always) those turn out to be total scams.
Fortunately, there are ways to make staying healthy a fun exercise. Over in the UK, for example, the government has taken steps to make sticking to a proper diet fun by combining their Eatwell healthy eating initiative with bingo.
That might sound kind of weird, but apparently combining exercise with bingo is an actual thing. Fitness and PE instructors all over the world are actually incorporating fitness bingo to their lessons, and reputable UK-based provider called Gala Bingo has even published a series of easy to do tone up exercises. And you know I am all about toning up!
To promote Eatwell, what the UK’s Food Standards Agency did was publish a series of printable bingo cards that aim to both entertain and educate players. Each card has five food categories in place of the traditional number columns: Fruits & Vegetables, Grains & Starches, Dairy, Protein, and Food & Drinks High in Fat/Sugar.
Instead of numbers, the bingo caller calls out different food categories and food facts. There’s also a printable Eatwell Plate that acts as a visual aid for a balanced meal.
It’s a great idea for those who are having trouble keeping their commitment to healthy living. With a little research, you can even make your own custom printable cards. Of course, you can’t play bingo on your own, so gather up some friends and have some healthy fun.
I love this idea because it makes food education fun and it’s great for families with children or even visual people like me who need to actually see the proper foods to eat. You can find more information on how to print your own bingo cards and instructions on how to play here.