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The Game of Health

game board

The Game of Health was developed to provide public libraries with a fun interactive game to introduce patrons to trusted health information resources. Health care is a team effort, and the best way to get the best care possible is to be an active member of your health care team. Patrons will go through five steps of the game to learn ways to prepare, engage, and research health-related information.

The five steps of the Game of Health are:

  1. Learning About Your Health -  Learn tips on ways to prepare for your doctor's appointment
  2. Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor Visit - Learn ways to engage with your health care provider during your visit 
  3. Your Family History -  Knowing your family history and sharing that information with your provider can help you and your family be aware of possible health risks so you can take steps to reduce them
  4. Know Your Medication - Knowing the name of your medication, when, how, and why you take medication plays a big part in medication safety
  5. Taking Action 

At the end of the game, patrons will count their points and determine if they are a Healthy Sidekick or a Healthy Hero. Following the game, patrons will participate in a discussion and demonstration session to reflect on what they learned and learn how to use the three consumer health resources to take an active role in their health care.

Ordering The Game of Health

Short on time? Want to own a "program-in-a-box?" The Game of Health can be requested and shipped free from a participating National Network of Libraries of Medicine regional office. A standard Game of Health includes:

  • 1 Game Board (download the board)
  • 6 game pieces
  • 2 dice
  • 1 set of Health Trivia cards
  • Points (50 and 100)
  • Teacher Instructions
  • Health Trivia Answer Key
  • Game of Health PowerPoint
  • All of Us and NLM Brochures

Any United States library that is an organizational member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is eligible to apply. Due to the limited supply of federally-sponsored Game of Health Kits, public libraries supporting outreach to populations that meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research criteria receive priority status.

To request the Game of Health from your participating NNLM Regional Medical Library, complete the online application form.

Funding and Evaluation

The Game of Health is made available with funds from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the NIH All of Us Research Program (https://www.joinallofus.org/nlm ).

By submitting an application, you agree to promote NLM resources and raise awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program (https://www.joinallofus.org/nlm ) by sharing brochures and information included in the shipment.

You will have to complete a short survey (https://redcap.iths.org/surveys/?s=P8JA4RPC9K ) about the Game of Health by April 30, 2020.