Games, from a sociological perspective, teach skills like rule following, communication with others and give a sense of accomplishment. The "Game On! Diet" fulfills the expectations of game play except all participants have the potential to become winners in the end.
Essentially, the "Game On! Diet" sets up rules for winning points. The points system is based on eating proper meals, communicating with teammates and competitors, some sort of physical exercise and others. Getting ready to begin her third time playing the game, Shana Horrigan is looking for interested locals to take on the challenge with her.
"I just felt so much more balanced and alert," Horrigan said about completing the game for the first time.
Horrigan said the first two games she played were with people she'd never met. Using the Internet and texting, Horrigan met her goals and reported her point totals while becoming a more healthy individual.
The game is based on the best-selling book of the same title. Through fun, Horrigan said, everyone playing meets goals that they set themselves. Participants need to adhere to a strict honor system, but she says being honest is just as important as the goals you reach.
"That, in the end, is the point of it all," Horrigan said.
Anyone interested in participating in the "Game On! Diet" or setting up their own competition can call Horrigan at 304-637-6209 or visit the discussion board of The Inter-Mountain's Facebook page.