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SNAP into life

Posted on: 23 August, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 3, July 2010 - September 2010
Related to Environmental health Social and emotional wellbeing Nutrition Adolescents Infants and young children Protective and risk factors Physical activity Alcohol use Tobacco use Road safety

Tippetts A, Kimberley Division of General Practice, Broome, WA (2010)
SNAP into life
Broome: Kimberley Division of General Practice

SNAP into Life is an interactive and culturally appropriate game for players 7 years old and up. The game has been developed and trialled in Kimberley schools with Kimberley children and their families, with the input from the Kimberley Aboriginal community and local health and education professionals. The game is based on the popular game Snakes and Ladders, and aims to develop awareness of lifestyle health risk factors such as Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical activity (SNAP). The game also covers basic health education topics including ‘our bodies’, mental health, environmental health and road safety.

During the game, healthy lifestyle choices are rewarded by players moving forward in the game. Players will also face crises when the long term consequences of unhealthy lifestyle choices become obvious. For instance, the player will need to go to hospital or even to prison. By seeing the consequences of actions in a game situation, it is hoped that the players will absorb the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, and make the right choices as they grow up.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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