Tackling Childhood Obesity: Modern v Old Fashioned

Childhood Obesity is literally a big problem but fortunately Kaiser Permanente have found a solution.... a video game!
"Kaiser Permanente recently launched a video game that teaches kids to eat healthier foods, be more active and manage how much time they spend in front of the computer and television.
Developed by the producer of the "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Monsters, Inc." and "Rugrats" video games, "The Incredible Adventures of the Amazing Food Detective" is the first game of its kind available for free on the Web in both English and Spanish." read the full article

Old Fashioned:
A great old street game 'Anything Under the Sun' (a variant of games like 'Shop Windows', 'I sent my Son John', etc) is known under many names such as 'John Bull', 'Odds & Ends' or simply by the category name used to play it, “Boys Names”, “Countries”….
To play: One player stands on the far side of the street – this player is the caller. All other players remain where they were. The caller picks a category and shouts out his challenge,”A boys’ name starting with ‘M’?”
If a player wants to guess they must run to the caller then back to their place then back to the caller once more and shout out their guess. “Is it Montegue?” If more than one player runs then only the one arriving first can guess. If they are correct then places are changed and they become the new caller. Otherwise the game continues.
A great game for reducing obesity and (if you select the category Countries) increasing your knowledge of geography.
If only some bright spark would make a computer version of it.

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Strange Games is indebted to Ducky for this superb chanted intro to the game:
Boys, Girls
Fruits or Flowers
Ice Cream, Cake or Candy
Anything under the sun, except dirty rotten bubble gum

1 comment:

lemoncat,, said...

i'm sure we used to play something similar to this..

how about sticks.. three wooden clothes pegs leaning against the bottom of a wall two either side and one resting on top.. the teams, however many kids are up for it. two teams are set and the first team take it in turns to lob a tennis ball and smash the sticks far and wide, once this is acheaved everybody legs it and hides. the other team have to search them out whilst at the same time try to guard against the sticks being replaced neatly against the wall again.. if they are this means a win and the other team don't get a turn at hiding and attacking.. and so on.lol..
..ok maybe not as glamorous as a face jumping contest at the fool & bladder but we used to have great fun as kids..
pity it's all gone now.