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Plastic Fork Diaries - Maryland Public Broadcasting

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Here's a "teens and nutrition" site with a quirky interface that will attract teens and annoy grownups. Old folks: deal with it! There are good information nuggets buried in the ...more
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Here's a "teens and nutrition" site with a quirky interface that will attract teens and annoy grownups. Old folks: deal with it! There are good information nuggets buried in the story and plot, and users will ultimately learn a lot about building good eating habits. The site structure encourages browsing and persistence, so let the kids loose on this one and see what they come back knowing.

tag(s): nutrition (154)

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Fat and Happy? - Scientific American Frontiers

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Here's an episode from the Scientific American Frontiers site that offers a look at how American young people eat and what their eating habits do to their bodies and futures. ...more
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Here's an episode from the Scientific American Frontiers site that offers a look at how American young people eat and what their eating habits do to their bodies and futures. Users can view selected program clips, compute body mass (BMI), and learn lots of ways to improve their diets by changing what they eat. The BMI calculator opens in a pop-up window, so you need to turn off your pop-up blocker just for this site. See the Tools menu in Internet Explorer to do this.

tag(s): nutrition (154), obesity (19)

In the Classroom

Include this site as part of a research unit on healthy eating or make a simple web scavenger hunt for your students to learn the basic of how bodies metabolize food and create fat.
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Cooking Science - Exploratorium

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4 to 12
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The Exploratorium does it again with this new look at the science behind cooking. There are lots of areas to explore, from what makes pickles pickle to the crystal structures ...more
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The Exploratorium does it again with this new look at the science behind cooking. There are lots of areas to explore, from what makes pickles pickle to the crystal structures of the sugar in your candy. Narrated Flash animations tell many of the stories.

tag(s): cooking (34)

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Veteran teachers know that food is a great way to keep students interested in a subject. This site does it with style.
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Infection - Detection - Protection - The American Museum of Natural History

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4 to 10
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The Smithsonian's American Museum of Natural History offers this site dealing with microbes, infections, and ways to avoid the harmful germs while working with the beneficial ones....more
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The Smithsonian's American Museum of Natural History offers this site dealing with microbes, infections, and ways to avoid the harmful germs while working with the beneficial ones. Middle and high schoolers can learn a lot be reading through this one. A number of the activities could integrate nicely with health, biology, or science curricula. This website requires Adobe Shockwave. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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This is a great resource for a science or health class. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share the interactives with your students.
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Walk in My Shoes - University of Illinois Extension

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The University of Illinois Extension developed this site to help young people understand the problems and issues that confront the elderly. The site uses a collection of hands-on activities...more
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The University of Illinois Extension developed this site to help young people understand the problems and issues that confront the elderly. The site uses a collection of hands-on activities to demonstrate the issues and challenges that older people confront in living their daily lives. Health classes will find these an interesting way to examine life style differences, and the site could also be used to help students work more closely with older people in their community.

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Five A Day Nutrition - National Cancer Institute

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4 to 12
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The National Cancer Institute now offers this venerable site as an encouragement to make fruits and vegetables a central part of the American diet. Though not designed specifically...more
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The National Cancer Institute now offers this venerable site as an encouragement to make fruits and vegetables a central part of the American diet. Though not designed specifically for students, the site includes complete resources - recipes, promotional ideas, local contact information, etc. - and could be useful for health and nutrition classes.

tag(s): nutrition (154)

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All About West Nile Virus - CDC

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9 to 12
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While West Nile isn't likely to be a specific curriculum element anytime soon, the Centers for Disease Control's page about West Nile offers good content showing how public health officials...more
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While West Nile isn't likely to be a specific curriculum element anytime soon, the Centers for Disease Control's page about West Nile offers good content showing how public health officials monitor and respond to the emergence of new infectious diseases. Try this one in a current events discussion, asking the question, "How big a problem might this actually be?"

tag(s): diseases (66)

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Open Heart - Columbus Institute of Science

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This site provides hands-on activities and interactive features to help students understand how the heart works, what can happen when it fails, and what can be done to rescue it. ...more
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This site provides hands-on activities and interactive features to help students understand how the heart works, what can happen when it fails, and what can be done to rescue it. Choose the "assemble the heart" activity to understand the anatomy and structure of this vital organ. Experience the delicate procedure of open heart surgery procedures with the "Virtual Bypass Surgery" link. Don't worry; the site is informational but not gory. Additional topics include diseases of the heart, diagnostic tools, medical careers, and what can be done to keep the heart healthy. Includes a glossary. From the Columbus Medical Association Foundation.

tag(s): heart (43)

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Parenting Corner Q &A: HIV and AIDS - American Academy of Pediatrics

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The American Academy of Pediatrics offers answers for parents about HIV/AIDS. Intended for adults, this site may also provide basic information for high school students. ...more
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The American Academy of Pediatrics offers answers for parents about HIV/AIDS. Intended for adults, this site may also provide basic information for high school students.

tag(s): hiv/aids (18), sexuality (14)

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Offer this site as one of many sources for student research during your HIV/AIDS unit in health class. Challenge students to shift perspective and think about how they would tell a younger sibling or their own (future) child about HIV/AIDS.

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Bilingual Health Information

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The information on this site was originally developed for limited literacy Spanish and English speaking patients. It offers basic health, nutrition, and lifestyles information in a...more
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The information on this site was originally developed for limited literacy Spanish and English speaking patients. It offers basic health, nutrition, and lifestyles information in a context which may be suitable for either students or parents in certain specific settings. Lots of illustrations and minimal use of text help make these resources easy to use.

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Web of Addictions Rolodex

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This is a collection of agencies and resources for those who need additional help or information regarding addictions and substance abuse. Some of the agencies listed also include specific...more
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This is a collection of agencies and resources for those who need additional help or information regarding addictions and substance abuse. Some of the agencies listed also include specific web resources. Lots of toll-free numbers here for folks who need help.

tag(s): addition (251), drugs and alcohol (19)

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Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make anti-drug photo posters using Captioner, reviewed here.

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Self-scoring Alcohol Checkup

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This site offers a self-scoring quiz about behaviors and alcohol consumption designed to help users determine whether they might have a problem with alcohol use or addiction. The site...more
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This site offers a self-scoring quiz about behaviors and alcohol consumption designed to help users determine whether they might have a problem with alcohol use or addiction. The site scores questions and returns an answer on a new web page.

tag(s): drugs and alcohol (19)

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Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make multimedia anti-drug presentations using Prezi, reviewed here.

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Signs of Inhalant Abuse

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A "what to look for" page from addictions.com, an interesting site for a variety of substance abuse issues. ...more
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A "what to look for" page from addictions.com, an interesting site for a variety of substance abuse issues.

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Eating Disorders Collection

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This page from the Canadian Learning Network offers a collection of resources dealing with eating disorders in young people. The listings include both clinical background information...more
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This page from the Canadian Learning Network offers a collection of resources dealing with eating disorders in young people. The listings include both clinical background information and strategies for helping students who are experiencing one or more of these disorders.

tag(s): eating disorders (7)

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All About Eating Disorders

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This content is part of the larger Mental Health Net site. It offers detailed explanations of the origins, management, and treatment of eating disorders. The content is written at the...more
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This content is part of the larger Mental Health Net site. It offers detailed explanations of the origins, management, and treatment of eating disorders. The content is written at the professional level and is decidedly not for student use. This information could be useful for school guidance counselors, nurses, or teachers who suspect an eating disorder in one of their students. Note: the page opens up with an ad, but you can click to "skip this ad."

tag(s): eating disorders (7)

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Teenage Suicide

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This theme page presents information designed to help teachers recognize the behavior patterns that can indicate students who are having trouble coping and suggests strategies to offer...more
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This theme page presents information designed to help teachers recognize the behavior patterns that can indicate students who are having trouble coping and suggests strategies to offer assistance as appropriate. While professional assistance is imperative for these situations, this site can offer valuable assistance to those who may be seeing these behaviors for the first time.

tag(s): psychology (64)

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All About Suicide

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This site from Mental Health Net offers basic information on suicide in adults and young people, along with a long list of resources for help and guidance. Mental Health Net ...more
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This site from Mental Health Net offers basic information on suicide in adults and young people, along with a long list of resources for help and guidance. Mental Health Net also maintains an on-line listing of treatment centers.

tag(s): psychology (64)

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The most useful resource on this site would be the list of resources that offer help to someone suffering from suicidal thoughts. Share the resources with students during a health class on the interactive whiteboard or projector. While a student suffering from these thoughts won't jump up and thank you, having the information can only benefit them.

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Suicide Warning Signs - Mayo Clinic

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This article from the Mayo Clinic seeks to dispel a number of common misconceptions about the nature of suicidal persons, especially young people. It also provides specific strategies...more
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This article from the Mayo Clinic seeks to dispel a number of common misconceptions about the nature of suicidal persons, especially young people. It also provides specific strategies for recognizing and responding to warning signs of suicide.

tag(s): psychology (64)

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This article would be the most useful in high school, and would be appropriate for gathering general information about suicide and help lines. Use the site in a health class as a way to broach the topic with students, sharing the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Teachers can have students explore it on their own, afterward having a class discussion on ways to spot depression in friends and how to deal with it.

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Tobacco Free Kids Corner

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This site has lots of reasons to not start smoking, complete with endorsements from a variety of popular teen personalities. ...more
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This site has lots of reasons to not start smoking, complete with endorsements from a variety of popular teen personalities.

tag(s): drugs and alcohol (19), medicine (67)

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Sports and Nutrition - University of Illinois

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The University of Illinois developed this site to help high school athletes learn how to use nutrition to their competitive advantage. The site offers basic nutritional information...more
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The University of Illinois developed this site to help high school athletes learn how to use nutrition to their competitive advantage. The site offers basic nutritional information as well as guidelines for eating habits that will help athletes get the nutrition and energy they need for competition. Nicely presented, with easily accessible information.

tag(s): nutrition (154), sports (97)

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