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Stevie® Gold Award for Best New Product of the Year .
Information for Smart Picks games, books, and materials is based on the 2011 USDA Choose MyPlate Guidelines, 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, The China Study and current research on diet and lifestyle.   Our games and books explore plant- based foods.
MyPlate Food Bingo combines family game night and lesson in healthy eating habits. The game helps children learn information about healthy eating habits way while also encouraging family time, cooperative play and social interaction. Though the game may mention foods that kids may not recognize, such as kashi, seitan, and amaranth, there is an information sheet that explains what more obscure foods are. The sheet also provides enough nutritional information and additional resources to assist any teacher, home schooling or parent to craft a healthy eating curriculum. The practical, tasty, and accessible healthy eating tips on each card ("try frozen grapes instead of popsicles" and "eat popcorn instead of candy or chips", for example) add to the game's health and educational value.
Parent’s Choice  2012
The Mom's Choice Awards® has named MyPlate Food Bingo among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an international awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services. Parents, educators, librarians and retailers look for the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality materials for children and families. The evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.


2012 Mom’s Choice Awards
The scope of MyPlate Food Bingo (ages 9 to adults) is appropriate. The purpose is clearly stated in the Instruction and Information sheets. The Materials are well-organized and major points are presented. The information is accurate and recommendations are current with content of MyPlate and 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Materials include a variety of stimulating and interesting learning experiences, questions, projects, or suggestions for further action that will involve the reader. Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activates/discussion questions included. Current and complete credits, references and resource listed. All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified. Overall summary: My Plate Food Bingo is a colorful and engaging games that can be used in a variety of settings and with a variety of groups. “ Rating: Highly Recommended!
2012 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
So much packed into this little package. MyPlate Food Bingo is great for teachers to incorporate into a classroom activity and great for at home too. There are so many variables and differentials in this little power packed game. By playing this with your children, grandchildren, classroom, you will be teaching the next generation how to live healthier lifestyles than we have been living the past few decades. By doing so, their health outlook will be much better. This game is well made, beautifully designed and easy to set up and begin using. Each piece of the game holds value in the learning cycle as well as in playing the game itself.
2012 Family Review Center “Best of 2012”
The Gold Award is designated for those who have brought to the marketplace products with value, purpose, class and longevity. These are products that go beyond what is expected of them and rise above with clarity and stability, adding a wow factor to the experience. An overall great learning tool, that promotes healthy standards in an easy to understand and easy to implement manner. Let’s work together in supporting a healthier, brighter future for our youth. This is a great first step in that direction.
2012 Family Review “Gold Award”
MyPlate Food Bingo comes with a stunning array of information and bonus features, enabling kids to easily absorb knowledge on nutrition, healthy eating, and active living while playing the classic game of Bingo. And judging from the onslaught of statistics in the news and media about children and obesity it couldn’t have come at a better time. Based on the USDA’s My Plate food categories, the game is designed and organized in a way that makes it easy to identify and differentiate food groups. There’s also an information sheet leaded with invaluable information. My Plate Food Bingo seamlessly blends fun and learning. What a great way to play!
2012 Tillywig Brain Child
Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products are very carefully chosen, using extensive criteria she has developed over many years, from among hundreds she has reviewed at toy fairs, in catalogs, and through many other sources. The criteria she uses includes: safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, lasting play value, cultural and ethnic diversity, good transition from home to school, educational value, learning skills, creativity, improvement in the understanding of the community and the world, good value for price, and, naturally, fun.
2012 Dr Toy Award
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