IMDEA Food Institute, within the framework of EIT Food‘s #AnnualFoodAgenda project, has developed the #IMDEAFoodGamers platform, a new way of discovering the science of nutrition through gamification. This new space will allow participants to discover the importance of caring for the intestinal microbiota and the value of precision nutrition for our health, through two interactive games developed in collaboration with researchers from the centre.
Laura Judith Marcos, PhD and researcher in the Computational Biology group at IMDEA Food who has been very involved in all of the #AFA outreaching activities has developed together with the communication team, this video game available in English and Spanish. The game dynamic consists of learning how to build the best bacteria neighborhood to guarantee the health of our gut microbiota.
In a first step the players receive the necessary instructions to start the game through an initial explanatory video as well as different screens with detailed information to facilitate the understanding of knowledge and to be able to advance to the next level.
Once the top level is reached, the player scores on a virtual wall of fame with the rest of the online players
This video game was also presented by Laura Judith Marcos and dynamized in the most important outreaching activities in the last quarter of 2020, such as Madrid Science Week (4th November) and European Researchers’ Night (27th November).
IMDEA Food develops its scientific activity around Precision Nutrition, a health strategy aimed at preventing and treating chronic diseases of high prevalence in our society such as cancer, obesity, ageing and cardiovascular diseases.
In the coming years, Precision Nutrition will play a major role as a preventive tool in public health, a responsibility of any society to ensure its well-being and in the long term to alleviate the health care burden of chronic nutrition-related diseases.
Our life expectancy and its quality result from a complex equation that combines genetic and environmental factors, among which nutrition is an essential and modifiable component with great impact on genetic regulation and microbiota.
Thus, food interacts with our genes and their programming, and this interaction also influences the way our body responds to food and the development or prevention of certain diseases.
As a member of the EIT Food consortium, IMDEA Food has been coordinating the communication project #AnnualFoodAgenda since 2019. This project aims to connect with consumers, especially the younger generations, through various informative activities to encourage critical thinking about the food we eat today and to inspire people to follow a healthy diet that contributes to better health and conscious eating that contributes to the sustainability of the planet.
Both games are available through www.imdeafoodgamers.com platform with a free access from any pc, mobile or tablet device.
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