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Super Foods! recipe game contest for kids

Using the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI scores), that Dr. Joel Fuhrman developed to score foods for nutritional quality as the game scoring system, hold a contest where kids can create their own yummiest recipes with the highest nutritional rating, in several different categories. Winning recipes are scored on nutritional quality primarily, but with bonus points for yumminess, as judged by a panel of kids from all over the world.

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The game contest can be promoted all over the world via the web, newspapers, and tv and radio media, to reach the widest audience, and kids are encouraged to team up together to create more diverse and fun recipes. The recipes with the highest scores in nutritional content get prepared by professional chefs in a few selected areas of the world, and the entries are taste tested by kids randomly selected from all the kids who register for the game (who win a free trip to the most local taste testing location), to judge for the bonus points for yumminess.

Categories could be:





Traveling foods (that last a long time and don't need refrigeration)

This would also be an incentive for the folks who developed the ANDI scores to expand their food listings to include more diverse foods, including wild foods and local specialties from all over the planet.

And the grand winning recipes would be published in a fun, art-filled, playful book that would be sold as a fundraiser for the project, while the recipes themselves would be free to anyone on the web, and published in newspapers and shown on tv shows.

This idea taps into the creativity of kids and kid's love of game playing and contests, while giving them an opportunity to learn about healthy foods from all over the world. Kids are more likely to experiment with new foods if there is a fun challenge involved and if other kids are doing it as well, and parents are likely to want to support their kids in winning, so it's a win-win for everyone!

Age of kids. The solutions to changing kids’ eating behaviors will vary depending on their age. What works for a toddler won’t necessarily fly for a teenager, although we suspect some concepts might be appropriate for all ages—even adults! Which age bracket does your concept address (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Elementary (Kids) 5-10
  • Middle school (Tweens) 11-13
  • High school (Teens) 14 -18
  • Young adults 18-21

Hurdles to success. Helping kids make smarter food choices comes with a variety of hurdles that have to be addressed in order for a design solution to be successful, which of these do you think that your Concept overcomes (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Peer Pressure
  • Lack of Knowledge

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I think you're onto something -- we need to make this a challenge activity/game-thing, where kids get to learn how to make the healthiest foods, but ones they like.

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You could have a personal page where you ranked the yumminess of things you've tried, so that you can maybe print out your own recipe book, tailored to your own taste! Your scores wouldn't be made public, or at least wouldn't count in either versions of the game/contest, since it would make it too easy to mess with the system.

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Aha, sorry if I misunderstood the frequency.

You could also add yumminess in to the mix-and-match function, so that next to the nutritional quality, you could see a yumminess score based on what people have liked before.

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Sure, you could do a companion non-reality game as well. I was thinking that the website would have a function where you could mix and match ingredients to see what their nutritional quality (score) was, and you certainly could make that more gamelike, with some kind of amusing extras, and maybe a bit of a storyline and characters doing interesting things.

And this is more than a one-off, in my mind. It's a regular thing, where maybe each month or two there was a contest for a different category, and then at the end of the year a new recipe book would be published with the winning recipes. So, there's no reason this couldn't continue indefinitely. :-)

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Interesting concept! Do you think it could be turned into a game like Farmville (or my own concept here: Fresh Food Empire), instead of a one-off competition? That would maybe make it even more attractive for kids to participate.