CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Department of Community Health, Brown University – Providence, Rhode island
“All You Can Eat is both an enjoyable and educational game that may be used to interactively teach how to plan a balanced diet…
…by selecting a wide variety of healthy choices from the five food groups, how to be physically active, and how to achieve optimal health for children of all age groups, adults as well as seniors, in both English and Spanish. All You can Eat isan extraordinary nutrition teaching tool!”
Kathleen Cullinen, PhD, RD, LDN
Clinical Assistant Professor, Brown University
Barrington, Rhode Island
“I am writing to tell you how much I appreciate your marvelous board game. What a great idea – to teach nutrition in schools through playing this fun game.
I’ve watched excited children play “All You Can Eat” at various school functions and fairs. They seem to enjoy playing and learning about a healthy lifestyle in a lightly competitive way. During my clinical practice I used the game to instruct adults living in group homes about healthy eating habits, weight control and diabetes control. Playing your game encourages skill development in planning meals that include healthy choices from the different food groups. I was easily able to modify your game cards and score sheets to limit or adfood choices containing starch and/or fat for diabetic players. I find it especially helpful that “All You Can Eat” reinforces messages to include physical
activity in a healthy lifestyle. Thank you for inventing this amazing teaching tool for instruction of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle!”
Linda Alves M.A., R.D., L.D.N.
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL
EDUCATION AND HEALTH
Chair – T. J. Del Santo
It is my sincere pleasure to forward this testimonial on behalf of Louise Bandieri and her All You Can Eat nutrition game.
I first met Louise when she came to our school to introduce the All You Can Eat game to me. In talking to Louise, I was impressed with her passion and commitment to developing this new and engaging way to educate students about healthy eating practices.
We piloted the All You Can Eat board game in our tenth grade health classes, using this innovative educational tool in conjunction with out existing nutrition unit. Teachers and students alike found the game to be engaging, fun and effective in developing our students’ knowledge and practical skills with regard to nutrients, food groups, creating menu plans, and other nutrition topics. We found the game easy to incorporate into our curriculum, as the game is grade appropriate, appeals to a wide range of students, and its content and activities are aligned to health education content standards.
Based on our experience, we heartily endorse the All You Can Eat nutrition game!
T.J. Del Santo
Physical Education and Health
Mount Hope High School
EAST BAY EDUCATIONAL COLLABORATIVE
Louise Bandieri has been teaching health and nutrition to the students at the Rhode Island Transition Academy since September 2008 to this present day. For the past three years Mrs. Bandieri has worked…
…with our students who have various degrees of developmental disabilities. The students in our program are those with Autism, Aspergers, Down’s Syndrome and Emotional Disorders. The Transition Academy at Roger Williams University is designed for students 18-21 yeaers of age who have an Individual Education Plan and would benefit from a curriculum based on vocational and functional life skills and need more time to complete their transition goals.
Mrs. Bandieri has been very creative when challenging the students on the material she has presented. Her enthusiasm is transferred to the students who are eagerly awaiting her arrival each week. She presents her information through discussion and the use of grade appropriate curriculum and a board game that she created. It is very evident that Mrs. Bandieri has the experience and the knowledge that it takes to work with students of all ages and educational levels.
Mrs. Bandieri’s health and nutrition program is a very important part of ourcurriculum. The need for nutrition education is very important for all young adults at this stage of their life. The health and nutrition information that Mrs. Bandieri presents to our students shows how nutrition and health affects their daily lives.
I would highly recommend Mrs. Bandieri to have the opportunity as an educator to help teach educators how to implement an interactive nutrition based curriculum that is certain to be a success.
Rhode Island Transition Academy at Roger Williams University
RHODE ISLAND TRANSITION ACADEMY
Louise Bandieri is perhaps one of the finest professionals I have ever had the pleasure of working with in my almost 38 year career. Her motivation, her compassion and her concern…
…or the students of the RI Transition Academy is exceptional. Mrs. Bandieri developed a health program, All You Can Eat, which benefited the students and the staff by its ingenuity and ease of play. The nutritional objectives set forth in the RITA Health curriculum were met with Mrs. Bandieri’s program. The students enthusiastically looked forward to Mrs. Bandieri and what she had planned for them each week.
The premise of the program, All You Can Eat, is to encourage students to recognize what should be in their daily nutritional planning. This topic was a must for the transition students who hopefully would be living on their own or with other people who had similar disabilities. Her game and the discussions that evolved made a tremendous impact on the young adults. By the end of the year, the students were able to categorize and define the components of the nation’s recognized “My Pyramid” that delineated the specific food groups and the amount per day necessary to remain healthy. Thanks to Mrs. Bandieri, the students mastered the goal described in their Individual Educational Plans.
In addition to the above, Mrs. Bandieri’s demeanor and encouragement was always part of the lesson. She rewarded positive outcomes and helped with those who needed additional assistance to understand and grasp the intended objectives.
The Rhode Island Transition Academy would like to thank Mrs. Bandieri for her unrelenting volunteering and caring nature.
Linda A. Lannie
Associate Director of the RI Transition Academy
The children in my health classes immediately took to the game, “All You Can Eat.” It made learning about healthy food choices and the importance of physical activity…
…fun and interesting. Class time flew by as they built their healthy, balanced menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This game is a sure winner for both teaching nutrition in school, and for families to play at home.
Mildred H. Aitken Elementary School
Inspirational Speaker/Tea Specialist
San Diego, CA
Lean Teen Self-Esteem is just wrapping up for the summer of 2009. We will start another full session Sept 14th thru Nov 18th.
I would just like to say that we really did enjoy playing your game, ALL YOU CAN EAT. My group was mostly older teens that were being groomed to be mentors in the Lean Teen program and to see a bunch of seventeen year olds having a blast with the game was most enjoyable – heck, I played it with them and I enjoyed it, too! We loved learning the Spanish words for the foods so that was a nice feature of the game. We will play it again with the new group in the autumn.
I thank you sincerely for your contribution to Lean Teen Self-Esteem.
You may use this photo if you would like to. I have recommended the game to others and I know one person, Susie, should be contacting you about purchasing the game for the Recreation Center she manages.
I will stay in touch. Continued Success.
From my heart to yours,
Dharlene Marie Fahl
Author/Poet/Inspirational Speaker/Tea Specialist/Obesity Advocate
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER
“At last I’ve found a painless way to teach my students about nutrition. ALL YOU CAN EAT is as enjoyable as it is educational. Not only does it teach about food groups…
…and a balanced diet, but it introduces new and less familiar foods in a positive way. Thank you for this valuable game.”
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NURSE
“I used the nutrition game ALL YOU CAN EAT in my Health classes and the children really enjoyed playing it at all grade levels. Each week they would ask if they could play it.
It was great see learning taking place at the same time that they were having fun.”
Lisa McLintock, RN
East Providence, Rhode Island
“The nutrition/weight loss group at East Providence Senior Center has been in existence since November 1998. We are continually striving for new ideas…
…to assist our seniors to eat well and improve their health. For the past year we have been using your game, ALL YOU CAN EAT, at least once each ten-week session. Our seniors love it and consistently ask for it.
Not only do they learn healthy food choices, the ALL YOU CAN EAT game introduces them to foods they are unfamiliar with, and they learn Spanish! The friendly competition the game inspires is a refreshing change from the traditional lecture format. Learning is stimulated in a fun and easy manner.
We have been very pleased to use the ALL YOU CAN EAT game and plan to continue to do so for all of our classes. Thank you for your invention!
Maureen D. Bouris N. Ed., RN
DOCTOR OF ACUPUNCTURE
Providence, Rhode Island
I love playing “All You Can Eat”. I didn’t get to play games as a kid, but so far this is my favorite game. I have developed strategies and have the opportunity…
…to concentrate and use my short term memory. I even think the game helps me to curb my appetite! Thanks so much Louise for developing “All You Can Eat”.
Shirlee Ann Fazzino, M.A.
Doctor of Acupuncture
GRADE 2-3 LOOPING TEACHER
George R. Martin School
“All you Can Eat” is a fun and easy way to teach small groups of children about nutrition. The color coded cards, along with the menu helped my third graders sort…
…and categorize foods into groups that are found on the food pyramid. The children were able to plan a well balanced meal with very little effort. In addition to the nutritional value of this game, my students also learned about foods that were previously unfamiliar to them. They couldn’t believe there is actually an ugli fruit! Some of my students were also excited to see the Spanish words for these foods, since they are studying Spanish.
George R. Martin School