What combines Bingo, exercise, health education and a whole lot of fun? Bingocize®! Started at Western Kentucky University, BINGOcize® is an evidence-based health promotion program that integrates exercise and health education for individuals with disabilities in a fun game of Bingo.
Bingocize® is now an international program serving over 500 facilities in 47 states. This socially engaging, group-based program consists of 45–60-minute sessions, bi-weekly, over six to ten weeks.
Expanding Everyone’s Reach
The Human Development Institute‘s (HDI) Kentucky Inclusive Health Collaborative (KIHC), established a strong partnership with Dr. Jason Crandall, the creator of Bingocize®, and his team at Western Kentucky University. In an effort to increase the access for people with disabilities, HDI-KIHC is connecting with programs throughout Kentucky to provide training and support for the program. Through Universal Design strategies, HDI-KIHC has helped the Bingocize® program be more inclusive and accessible to everyone.
Examples of adaptations include:
- Providing large-print materials
- Using microphones and speakers
- Demonstrating alternative exercises
- Increasing diverse representation in exercise videos
- Simplifying health education questions through plain language
- Supplementing health messages with images
- Allowing multiple means of participation
As a result of these changes, HDI-KIHC has broadened accessibility and healthy practices to a demographic which is twice as likely to experience health complications.
Health Outcomes from Bingocize
- Improved lower/upper body strength, gait, balance, and range of motion
- Improved aspects of cognition (executive function)
- Increased social engagement
- Improved knowledge of COVID-19 prevention and other important health topics
- Improved patient activation
How to Bring Bingocize into Your Program
Online leader training consists of self-paced modules. Comprehension quizzes are completed along the way to ensure content retention. Through this collaboration, training is provided FREE to those who would like to facilitate Bingocize® at their location or online. Along with training, we also provide free program materials, facilitator t-shirts, participant prizes, as well as technical assistance and programmatic support through January 2025.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
This project is part of a partnership with Western Kentucky University and funded by the Kentucky Department of Public Health contracts #2200002873 and 2200004539. The project aims to implement the Bingocize® Online program to improve physical function in older adults and adults with disabilities.