The review and advice site Common Sense Media (CSM), a respected leader on kids and media issues, has picked ZisBoomBah.com as the top Healthy Lifestyle and Fitness website for kids ages 7–12 in their Back to School Guide 2012. Common Sense Media launched the learning ratings initiative earlier this year to surface for parents the best games, websites and apps for learning. Their goal is to help parents sort out which digital media products are truly educational from those that simply claim to be. Learn more about CSM’s learning ratings initiative.
The non-partisan, not-for-profit organization is “dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.” Common Sense Media shares ZisBoomBah’s believe that staying healthy and fit is the foundation for a happy, long life. That’s why the CSM leadership team chose ZisBoomBah as the only website in the Healthy Lifestyle and Fitness category to “help kids get started early as they get inspired to move their body in new ways and celebrate a rainbow of vegetables.” The other two picks both are XBox 360 Kinect games.
“Healthy meal planning made fun and practical for kids.”
~Common Sense Media about ZisBoomBah
“Kids can learn about nutritional values as they find the right mix of foods to make balanced meals. Tips and printouts encourage healthy habits,” CSM sums up ZisBoomBah. Their “Bright Idea” for parents is to “Encourage kids to use ZisBoomBah to figure out whether what they’re eating is balanced. Have them enter in real food choices they make — both from healthy and less healthy meals. Help them understand the feedback they get. It’s great food for thought!”
Under “What Parents Need to Know,” CSM writes about ZisBoomBah that “this colorful, kid-friendly nutrition education site helps kids create healthy, balanced meals. In the site’s main game, called “Pick Chow!” kids drag foods to a plate to create a meal, which is then rated on nutrition values like protein, fat, sugar, salt, and more. Once the meal is complete, kids can send it to their parent’s account, and the parent will receive a companion shopping list, recipes and coupons to help create that child’s meal.”
CSM really gets what ZisBoomBah is all about: “Kids can learn about nutritional values as they find the right mix of foods to make balanced meals… Celebrate balanced nutrition and creative cuisine combos in the service of practical cooking.”
“Is It any Good?”
Then CSM asks the big, looming critical question any site being reviewed may dread: IS IT ANY GOOD? We — and you, our loyal readers — know the answer to that question, naturally. Still, we were elated to read CSM’s verdict: “There’s a reason why First Lady Michelle Obama gave a thumbs up to ZisBoomBah. It’s fun, engaging, and teaches kids to make their own healthy meals from a wide variety of foods.” Our heartfelt THANK YOU to the CSM team for these very kind words. We are truly humbled.
What’s more, CSM encourages families to “talk about how the media and advertising can affect their food choices. Read Common Sense Media’s Junk Food Ad Tips, and discuss how healthy living sites like ZisBoomBah are a better source for discovering good food choices than commercial ads.” Wonderful advice!