July 7, 2014
It's not everyday that one can claim an award for serious gaming. However, one of the foundational research projects supported by the OHSU Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness can do just that. The Let's Get Healthy! epigenetics game "Nurture Your Nature" won a 2014 International Serious Play Award. The competition honors exceptional examples of corporate, military and educational games, as well as games for good.
The "Nurture Your Nature" game is designed to introduce middle school students to the concept of epigenetics and promote understanding of how their current behaviors, specifically dietary intake, can impact their health and the health of future generations. The Moore Institute chose this as one of its three initial funding projects based on its alignment with the Moore's commitment to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease across the lifespan in current and future generations. The game is available online.