Ruminate continues to round 2 of Shape of Health

Th US Department of Health and Human Services has set up a challenge, called: Shape of Health - An Obesity Prevention Game. The goal is to create an interactive video game with focus on obesity prevention or weight control for women or girls.

On to round 2!

We’re excited that our research and proposal has been reviewed and selected to continue to the second round! We will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to deliver the in-person presentation.

Phase 2 of the competition builds upon the work of Phase 1 and is focused on prototyping the game, and providing an in-person presentation to a panel of judges. The participants should demonstrate both the evidence base for the intervention and its viability.

The in-person presentation must include a description of how the following components are incorporated into the game:

  • Relates to women or girls;

  • Targets a determinant of obesity; and

  • Engages the player

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is seeking new ways to get health messages out to women and girls. According to the CDC, two out of every three women in the United States are overweight or obese1. This extra weight can lead to many diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and many cancers. Obesity results from a combination of causes and contributing factors, including individual factors such as behavior and genetics. Some examples of behaviors that affect weight include diet, physical activity, inactivity, and stress. Improving behaviors in these areas can help women and girls maintain a healthy weight.

Check out the full description of the competition on

So… What’s Ruminate?

Part innovation lab. Part think tank. Ruminate is a nonprofit using design thinking and behavioral science to co-create projects, products, and programs with communities of food leaders—all to support the spread of equitable, ethically, and environmentally sustainable food. We combine the science of quantitative data and measurable impact with the qualitative wisdom of the food community to break down tough problems and find effective solutions to today’s food systems issues.