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Foodingame Certification Program

Foodingame is a sticker certification program to be adopted by restaurants to introduce a gamified nutritional menu.

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Foodingame is a certification program for restaurants where people gain health badges/points in their leaderboards as they order food. It is important for restaurants to not only maintain food grade standards but also adopt nutritional habits to conserve health of the society. By keeping all the nutritional benefits in food, it becomes evident for the customers (people) to go for good food with a variety of choices. 

Example Campaign : http://changelabsolutions.org/publications/SSB-playbook

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Photo of Ahmed

HA ! Very interesting ! I would love to get feedback on my eating habits by just using my credit card !

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Wow!
That would be interesting.

Credit cards and points for good eating habits. How do we execute that ? Any on-the-top ideas?

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Maybe if we create charts and goals based on research "how much vitamins, protein, .....ect we should eat each day" get rewords when you achieve certain points , or maybe just create an app that take your buying habits from your credit card and give you a daily report

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Yes. Instead of credit cards how about phone numbers? Everyone has a phone.... but may not have a credit card! Take a look at the main image. What do you think about that? Link : https://openideo.com/challenge/healthy-lives/ideas/foodingame-certification-app-for-restaurants-etc this is the idea phase.

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Super interesting, I have hard time imagining how the application can take buying behavior from phone number , can you tall me more what you have in mind ?

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Hmm..
Ahmed, I am myself trying to imagine a lot of personae. This takes time and works out very well if people have their mobile phones telling them about how to eat and what are the side effects of eating something. etc. Unfortunately, some food products like coke has benefits too. Should we ban it ? I am not sure.
We do not have complete evidence or correct knowledge to gauge what is right for us. It may sound contradicting because we love taste and don't know what happens afterwards. Eating too much sugar causes diabetes or is it because of the lifestyle? I am no nutritionist.

There needs to be a personal messaging service system that calculates the food-nutrition points and makes it available to users. Too many prereqs. Need to think further in the lines.

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You are coming with interesting ideas, Im not sure if its better if the app ban something or let people choose what they want to ban themselves. using credit card to collect health information can be effective because it gives users relative and personal information, not just general information about what healthy or not. an interesting question; how we can use the information from the credit card to create reports that inspire change of behavior ?

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I like this Priyanka! Is this something for the idea phase? I think this can be great for kids, empowering them with choice, education, and making it fun.

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Bettina,

Even I think this is for the idea phase. But I will build on this research idea in the next phase. Let me talk to a few restaurants and see if they can adopt this. Chipotle is already doing that. :)
In my research phase, I would simply focus on what this actual is going to look like taking real examples. Help me in finding restaurants to adopt this idea the next time you are out at any restaurant. Let's see what they say! :)

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Ok! I am up for that I think. What exactly would you like me to ask them?
I have been to Chipotle and I have not seen a leader board, or specifics on nutrition on their boards.

(How is your other project going? I am very curious to hear more!)

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Bettina,

1. You can simply check if the food you ordered is nutritious or not.
2. You ask the restaurant manager about the nutrition facts menu and look for any stickers, stamps, certification etc.
3. Find out the restaurant director or founder and we will need to propose them with the idea - Foodingame. Whether they will be interested in putting our sticker on their menu.

Now, the sticker is a leaderboard game online (most restaurants have WiFi and people have smartphones including in India) They gain points when they check in and when they gain 100 points, they get a free meal at the same restaurant. Likewise, other restaurants change their menu habits and subscribe for our sticker and the cycle repeats. (Ask me more questions, Bettina)

Well, http://www.socialgetwork.org is going good and I found a team (we are 3 committed people) We are working out of http://www.innowest.org - an incubator in Sunnyvale. I am making updates and researching more on http://www.careergame.org - a research vlog.
It is so nice of you to remember me and I remember you as well. Thanks for pitching in. :)

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Ok - I will ask questions (will have to think of some and get back to you) - and of course I remember you!
Awesome about socialgetwork!

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Could there be any other gratifications for eating healtyh. Cola for example is centered very often. Benefitson the other hand widely used!

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Priyanka,
Some restaurants have "heart healthy" options noted on their menus - usually it means low salt, low fat - lean meats, fish etc. I have seen this in private restaurants.

I just found this incredible resource - Menustat - on the NYC Dept of Health Website.
"MenuStat is a free nutritional database of thousands of foods served by the nation’s largest chain restaurants. It aggregates nutrition information posted on restaurant websites since 2012."
One can do their own analysis of most of the national chain restaurants with it. http://menustat.org/about/

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Its tricky :)
We need to consult nutritionist

Photo of Hannah

Easy execution but very effective way to encourage eating healthy and nutritious food! Thanks for your sharing!

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Thanks Hannah!
Lets see how the idea phase works and I can put on some research work there.

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Thanks Hannah!
Lets see where this goes. Next time you visit a restaurant, ask them if they wish to have something like this! It is to be driven by the public :)

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Hello Priyanka,

interesting idea. How do I know what "wrong food" is? Are there any personal differences included as for example personal body data? Or is this gratification program just based on thoughts, stories and decisions accessible for everyone)
- Stephan

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It is simply nutrition for the human body - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_nutrition and not junk (which is not a comfort food for the human body) Ex: Somebody juiced herself with carrots and cured cancer. Can we have carrot juice in restaurants, instead of coke? People are addicted to coke because of the taste. Do we actually live to eat or eat to live?

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What a wonderful twist to the genre of wellness gamification Priyanka! Are there any existing Foodingame Certification Programs out there, or is this a thought starter that's in the works? Excited to hear more about it:)

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Shane,

I do see a few certification programs like USDA, Organic etc. But in developing countries it is just the Yelp or Traveladvisor review certificate that says "it tastes good or yummy". I don't see anything like a healthy choice restaurant with a sticker label ( this could be the next yelp) I like the http://veggiegrill.com and take a look at their nutritional facts menu - http://veggiegrill.com/docs/VG_Calorie_Summary.pdf

What if this menu was certified with a sticker ?