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Health Consequences of Smoking - Centers for Disease Control

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6 to 12
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Use this interactive slide show to help students understand how smoking can irreparably damage every organ in the body. Animated images, actual photographs of healthy and diseased...more
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Use this interactive slide show to help students understand how smoking can irreparably damage every organ in the body. Animated images, actual photographs of healthy and diseased organs, and descriptive text combine to form an honest, but chilling account of what cigarettes are capable of doing. Consider taking your classes to the computer lab so that each student may explore this resource independently.

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Smallstep.gov - Dept. of Health and Human Services

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6 to 12
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This informational site provides practical advice on getting fit and staying fit. Concise articles focus on the basic facts about good nutrition and exercise, how to improve eating...more
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This informational site provides practical advice on getting fit and staying fit. Concise articles focus on the basic facts about good nutrition and exercise, how to improve eating habits, and how to become more active. Visitors can explore the list of "Small Steps" to discover simple ideas that can make a big difference in overall health, or log-in to the Activity Tracker for assistance in setting and achieving physical activity goals. Health and physical education teachers may want to sign up for the free email newsletter that provides additional health-related tips, articles, and recipes. This resource also includes links to news updates and public service ad campaigns. Also available in Spanish.

tag(s): fitness (49)

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Stalking the Mysterious Microbe

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6 to 12
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Introduce your students to the microbial worlds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses with this site that provides entertaining background information, ideas for classroom experiments, and...more
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Introduce your students to the microbial worlds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses with this site that provides entertaining background information, ideas for classroom experiments, and a collection of "Microbes in the News" articles. Find out when hands should be washed and what happens when they are not! Interested students can even explore a "Careers" link that offers interviews with experts in the field, advice on finding a mentor, and tips on how to become a microbiologist. Available in English and Spanish.

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Use the videos on this site as a supplement to a lecture on microbes. One video that would be great, "E. Coli Animation," shows the growth and reproduction of e.coli in a quick YouTube clip. Not all school internet systems allow for access to YouTube, so make sure to check your school's policies before use. If it does work, some of these videos do a great job of detailing specific microbes and their life-cycles. Definitely a lot more interesting and fun for students to watch than reading the same information out of a textbook!

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Changing the Face of Medicine - NIH

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This site celebrates the contributions and achievements of some of America's most extraordinary women physicians. Lesson plans (organized by grade and aligned to national standards)...more
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This site celebrates the contributions and achievements of some of America's most extraordinary women physicians. Lesson plans (organized by grade and aligned to national standards) and interactive activities explore a wide range of topics on health, medicine, and related careers. Visit the "Circulation Station" where students can guide a red blood cell through the body and then learn about a woman physician who helped infants with congenital heart problems. The site uses FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): heart (43), medicine (71), women (94)

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Portion Distortion - NIH

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How do today's portion sizes compare with those from twenty years ago? Students can find out through an interactive quiz that tests their awareness of "super-sizing." The quiz displays...more
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How do today's portion sizes compare with those from twenty years ago? Students can find out through an interactive quiz that tests their awareness of "super-sizing." The quiz displays photos of specific food items from "then" and "now" and provides specific caloric information about the older and current versions. Students are asked to guess how long it will take to burn off those extra calories given every-day exercise. A BMI calculator and menu planner are also provided on the site. Created by the National Institutes of Health.

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Inside the Teenage Brain - PBS Frontline

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7 to 12
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Why do adolescents behave the way they do? It is a puzzling mystery that continues to frustrate parents, teachers AND teens! This site delves into the recesses of the ...more
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Why do adolescents behave the way they do? It is a puzzling mystery that continues to frustrate parents, teachers AND teens! This site delves into the recesses of the teenage brain to provide scientific explanations for many exasperating behaviors. Interactive maps of the brain are supplemented with clear and informative explanations. Advice and online activities can help adults interact more successfully with this very unique population! Refer parents to this site, use in class to help teens better understand themselves, or explore it yourself for some enlightening ideas on improving teen communication in the classroom! Shockwave required for some features of the site. Developed by Frontline (PBS)

tag(s): adolescence (12), brain (70)

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National Nutrition Month

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6 to 12
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Help students make good food choices and develop healthy lifestyles with this site developed by the American Dietetic Association. View food labeling fact sheets, a selection of healthy...more
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Help students make good food choices and develop healthy lifestyles with this site developed by the American Dietetic Association. View food labeling fact sheets, a selection of healthy recipes, and useful tips for making smart food choices. The true/false nutrition quiz provided on the site is not interactive but can be used as a review activity, or to assess prior knowledge. Project the quiz and ask students to record their responses before scrolling to view the correct answers.

tag(s): nutrition (155)

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Advertising Campaigns That Have Made a Difference - The Ad Council

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7 to 12
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Throughout the 20th century, advertisements have influenced public behavior and opinion while leaving enduring icons and slogans in their wake. Explore some of these snapshots of American...more
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Throughout the 20th century, advertisements have influenced public behavior and opinion while leaving enduring icons and slogans in their wake. Explore some of these snapshots of American culture in this Ad Council site that provides printed and multi-media glimpses of its public service milestones - from war bonds, to Smokey the Bear, to Vince and Larry, the crash test dummies. View the examples in class and challenge students to design their own ad campaigns to address contemporary issues in America society.

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard during a class discussion of a debate in current politics or while preparing for a debate in your own classroom. Allow students to explore the site with the intentions of creating their own propaganda for their debate side or for both sides if used in a more general discussion. This is a great way to get students to start thinking about persuasion in the media, and how politicians can use it. Excellent resource for a US government class!

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Eat Your Vegetables - NIH

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The National Institutes of Health offers this site containing lots of resources to encourage folks to eat vegetables in appropriate quantities. While the subject may not be popular...more
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The National Institutes of Health offers this site containing lots of resources to encourage folks to eat vegetables in appropriate quantities. While the subject may not be popular with young people, health and nutrition teachers will find a number of resources that can be used to help students make more intelligent choices about the foods they eat.

tag(s): nutrition (155)

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Alzheimer's Resources for Students - Alzheimer's Association

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The aging American population increases the probability that a student will have a family member or acquaintance suffering from Alzheimer's. Because it affects the personality, this...more
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The aging American population increases the probability that a student will have a family member or acquaintance suffering from Alzheimer's. Because it affects the personality, this disease can be frightening or confusing to young people. These pages help teens and children better understand what this disease is and why its victims behave in the way they do. Preview before using.

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Chemicals, the Environment, and You - National Institutes of Health

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Middle school students can learn a lot about hazardous materials and proper use of common household chemicals from this site from the National Institutes of Health. Teachers could use...more
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Middle school students can learn a lot about hazardous materials and proper use of common household chemicals from this site from the National Institutes of Health. Teachers could use this content in a variety of contexts, either in whole or in part. Students will likely need some guidance in working through the material.

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Science Update - Clumsy Kids - Science Net Links

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Health teachers with a sense of humor will find lots of ways to integrate this article on the biology of teenage clumsiness into their lessons. The presentation is succinct, engaging,...more
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Health teachers with a sense of humor will find lots of ways to integrate this article on the biology of teenage clumsiness into their lessons. The presentation is succinct, engaging, and studded with additional web references for those seriously interested in the topics covered. Teens may also find this one suitable for individual reading - a way of understanding why they're always tripping over their own feet.

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Self NutritionData

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Tired of the old food groups pyramid? Here's a nutrition site that ties nutrient information to students' real world. Want the low-down on that sugary cereal you had for breakfast ...more
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Tired of the old food groups pyramid? Here's a nutrition site that ties nutrient information to students' real world. Want the low-down on that sugary cereal you had for breakfast this morning? How about a nice orange instead? This site's tools let you build your own healthy diets from hundreds of listings. This one's well worth a look for health and nutrition classes.
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tag(s): myplate (25), nutrition (155)

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Challenge cooperative learning groups to explore a particular topic at this site. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Nutrition for Parents - USDA

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This US Department of Agriculture site provides valuable information for parents interested in teaching their children healthy eating habits. The site has a seasonal guide for healthy...more
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This US Department of Agriculture site provides valuable information for parents interested in teaching their children healthy eating habits. The site has a seasonal guide for healthy eating, ten tips for planning healthy school lunches, activities that parents and children can do together, and a list of health conscious reading resources sorted by age-group.

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Body and Mind - Centers for Disease Control

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4 to 8
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This site takes the notion of "fitness made simple" to a new level. This Centers for Disease Control site provides a wealth of resources for children looking to maintain healthy ...more
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This site takes the notion of "fitness made simple" to a new level. This Centers for Disease Control site provides a wealth of resources for children looking to maintain healthy and fit lifestyles. With resources on healthy snacking habits, an activity planner, and a quiz to help analyze your fitness level, this site helps make fitness, safety, and disease prevention fun for kids. There is also a teachers' corner for help integrating these activities into the classroom. The site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Interactive Health Tutorials - National Institutes of Health

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Designed to help healthcare providers educate patients, the prevention and wellness section of these Interactive Health Tutorials may be helpful to school nurses looking to promote...more
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Designed to help healthcare providers educate patients, the prevention and wellness section of these Interactive Health Tutorials may be helpful to school nurses looking to promote healthy living to students. In particular, the smoking and exercising modules may be helpful in health classes for students in grades 3-12.

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Eat Smart. Play Hard - Federal Food & Nutrition Service

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This federally developed site deals with the importance of exercise and good nutrition. There are some activity ideas to try at home or school, nutrition information, food experiments,...more
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This federally developed site deals with the importance of exercise and good nutrition. There are some activity ideas to try at home or school, nutrition information, food experiments, healthy recipes, and more. The separate sections for kids, parents, and professionals make it easy to find what you are looking for.

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As part of your unit on nutrition or exercise, be sure to share this link on your teacher web page for students to try some of the ACTIVE activity ideas and recipes. Or you can assign them to explore in class, choosing at least one healthy recipe and one activity idea to take home and try for panther points (see the mascot for more info).
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Fat! - PBS

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The PBS Frontline series tackles American diet and eating habits, but with an emphasis on the overall availability of food, rather than on specific eating sins. Health teachers may...more
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The PBS Frontline series tackles American diet and eating habits, but with an emphasis on the overall availability of food, rather than on specific eating sins. Health teachers may find this cultural approach a useful introduction to a discussion of nutrition and eating habits.

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Smart-Mouth.org - Center for Science in the Public Interest

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Looking for a "good eating habits" site that will actually engage students? This offering from the Center for Science in the Public Interest serves up its anti-junk food message with...more
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Looking for a "good eating habits" site that will actually engage students? This offering from the Center for Science in the Public Interest serves up its anti-junk food message with clever writing and graphics. The site lets students build their own meal and see its nutritional value, and the "snacktoids" offer scores of quick facts showing the effects of a diet with lots of fast foods.

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Farm Safety for Kids

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Farms can be a setting for a unique set of serious accidents, so this site on safety on farms makes sense for students in rural areas. Learn how to work ...more
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Farms can be a setting for a unique set of serious accidents, so this site on safety on farms makes sense for students in rural areas. Learn how to work safely around farm equipment, grain, mowing equipment, and more. This is an area of safety that most schools overlook.

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