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Part of the SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions Toolkit.*

Bingocize® is an evidence-based health promotion program that strategically combines the game of bingo, health education, and/or exercise. Trained facilitators may select between separate 10-week workshops that focus on exercise-only, exercise and falls prevention, or exercise and nutrition. The exercise and nutrition workshop is focused on the SNAP-Ed framework. Each workshop includes a facilitator’s script for each session, participants’ materials, and “take home” cards for participants to complete exercises and tasks at home to reinforce the weekly health education information. Participants play Bingocize® twice per week, with each 45–60-minute session consisting of exercises (range of motion, balance, muscle strengthening, and endurance exercises) and/or health education questions. Workshops can be delivered using a traditional in-person bingo game, along with printed curriculum facilitator and participants’ materials. However, facilitators and participants are recommended to use a stand-alone online version, Bingocize® Online, to play Bingocize® in-person or remotely. This adds a fun, interactive technology component to the original game.
View a short video of the program in action.

Bingocize® targets adults and older adults in community, faith-based, health care, and USDA program (not National School Lunch Program) settings. The program was designed for community-dwelling older adults of all ethnicities and socioeconomic strata. To date, the program has been used in congregate meal sites, community senior centers, adult daycares, certified nursing homes, libraries, assisted living/independent living facilities, memory care facilities, and hospitals/trauma centers. The number of participants varies based on the type of facility. At the community senior centers and assisted living/independent living facilities, the average number of participants ranged from 8-20 people per group, while certified nursing homes often attract over 20.

Developer
Western Kentucky University Center for Applied Science in Health & Aging
Year
2023
Funding Source
https://www.wku.edu/bingocize/research/
Free Material
No
Cost ($)
$400.00
SNAP-Ed Toolkit Classification
Research-tested
Evidence
  • Evaluated
  • Pilot Tested
  • Validated
Evaluation Information

Bingocize® conducted community-based evaluations and included rural and lower-income older adults (>60 years old), most suffering from multiple chronic health conditions. The overall objectives for these investigations were to determine the effect of Bingocize® on functional performance, gait, health activation, cognition, and health knowledge (falls prevention/osteoarthritis). These investigations highlighted significant improvements in older adults’ upper and lower body strength, knowledge of falls prevention/osteoarthritis, gait, health activation, and specific aspects of cognition. 

Multiple research studies, as well as actual implementation in older adult facilities, confirmed program facilitators and participants accepted the Bingocize® program. For example, participant adherence during studies was 93%, and retention was above 90%.

Certified facilitators are required to track session attendance and administer pre and post-test assessments to the participants. Attendance and completed pre/post assessment forms must be scanned and emailed to bingocizedata@wku.edu. All forms and outcome measure instructions are available on the online training website. Certified facilitators also complete an evaluation of the online training. Program completers must attend 80% or 16 of the 20 sessions.

Evaluation Framework Indicators
ST3
SNAP-Ed Connection Comments

Below are typical Bingocize program components and costs, but program costs may be tailored based on available budgets Email  Kristeen@bingocize.com for more details. 

  • A 2-year license fee is $400.00 per organization, for the first county being licensed, and then $300 per county for each additional county. Licensing includes access to all delivery modes of Bingocize® (traditional and online) and allows the licensed organization to use the program in an unlimited number of facilities (as long as the facilities are normally serviced/operated in by the licensed organization) within one county. If the organization plans to use the program in more than one county, an additional license is required for each additional county.  For example, an organization purchasing a license for 3 counties would pay $1000 for the licensing fee. Review the license agreement. .

Training cost for Cost for initial 2-year license term: Online training is $150.00 per person. Training includes online access to targeted educational and marketing materials for participants, as well as a manual for facilitators. Bingocize® in a Box is $350 (plus shipping and handling). The durable and reusable box contains equipment for up to 20 participants, but the box does NOT include a bingo game set.  The box Includes resistance bands, therapy balls, an official Bingocize® t-shirt for one facilitator, a facilitator's quick-start quide, and  themed (exercise, falls prevention, or nutrition) curriculum reinforcements for one 10-week workshop (20 sessions). You may choose which pack to include in your intial box, but can reorder additional curriculum reinforcements. Purchase of at least 1 box is required with a license. Curriculum reinforcements are awarded to game winners. Typical curriculum reinforcements include small personal items e.g., lotion, shampoo, etc. (prizes are not provided), however, we offer optional curriculum reinforcement packages that can be used as prizes during Bingocize® play.

*SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States is a compilation of interventions. The toolkit was developed by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, The Association of SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT), and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the USDA. It is designed and updated to help state SNAP-Ed administrative and implementing agencies identify evidence-based obesity prevention programs and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies and interventions to include in their SNAP-Ed plans.

Review date
Reviewer Initials
RT