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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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3 to 12
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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.

tag(s): nutrition (154)

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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.

tag(s): nutrition (154)

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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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Medicating Kids - Frontline - PBS

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The PBS Frontline series tackles the issues surrounding the medication of school-age children for ADHD and other reasons. It's a probing look at the various constituencies and advocate...more
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The PBS Frontline series tackles the issues surrounding the medication of school-age children for ADHD and other reasons. It's a probing look at the various constituencies and advocate groups that drive the debate. In an unusual move, the entire program is avialable on the web for those who have a high-speed connection.

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Teachers will find the section on medications and schools particularly interesting.
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Staying Alive

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Here's the personal side of AIDS, told from an international perspective in an MTV-style presentation that should hold the attention of teens and other students. Combining facts with...more
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Here's the personal side of AIDS, told from an international perspective in an MTV-style presentation that should hold the attention of teens and other students. Combining facts with personalities, the site offers facts, opportunities for action, and examples of other teens' experiences. Share this one with your students; it's available in several languages.

tag(s): diseases (66), hiv/aids (18)

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Extend the experience of this site by having your students write a blog post from the point of view of a young person with HIV/AIDS, perhaps in another culture.
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Global Bug Conspiracy - Science Education

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This site offers a clever presentation about a serious topic, the dangers inherent in germs like e-coli and other water-borne pathogens. Students can investigate why these "bugs" are...more
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This site offers a clever presentation about a serious topic, the dangers inherent in germs like e-coli and other water-borne pathogens. Students can investigate why these "bugs" are a global public health problem and will learn how simple steps can reduce the dangers to populations around the world. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): microorganisms (14), organisms (21)

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Drug & Alcohol Information for Teens - Department of Health and Human Services

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The US Department of Health and Human Services offers this online catalog of drug and alcohol information for teens. Many of these publications are available online, and they may prove...more
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The US Department of Health and Human Services offers this online catalog of drug and alcohol information for teens. Many of these publications are available online, and they may prove helpful to parents, students, or guidance counselors grappling with substance abuse issues. HHS also offers additional catalog sections targeted specifically to children.

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 anti-drug photo posters using Captioner, reviewed here.

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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.

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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)

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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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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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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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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.

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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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