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All About West Nile Virus - CDC

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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 (71)

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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.

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Teachers will need to preview this site thoroughly to find the useful portions. Share the site on your projector or interactive whiteboard.
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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 (19), 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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Moody or Depressed - Symptoms of Depression in Children and Teenagers - Boys Town

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Tips for parents on how to spot signs of depression in their children. ...more
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Tips for parents on how to spot signs of depression in their children.

tag(s): behavior (46), emotions (39)

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This site has a list of some of the basic signals or behaviors that can indicate depression in children or teens. You may want to share this with parents at back-to-school night and post on your website.

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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.

tag(s): nutrition (157)

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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 (224), drugs and alcohol (25)

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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 (25)

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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's purpose is to see a future free of death and diseases caused by tobacco. Learn about the reasons to not start smoking, one being that the Nicotine ...more
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This site's purpose is to see a future free of death and diseases caused by tobacco. Learn about the reasons to not start smoking, one being that the Nicotine in cigarettes is a drug and therefore additive.

tag(s): drugs and alcohol (25), medicine (66)

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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 interactive anti-drug photo posters using Adobe Spark, reviewed here.

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Smoking Education Resources from the CDC - Centers for Disease Control

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This site includes a nice set of resources for all grade levels, including the recently-released report on smoking and women. There are also specific resources for coaches, school health...more
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This site includes a nice set of resources for all grade levels, including the recently-released report on smoking and women. There are also specific resources for coaches, school health professionals, and others who work with young people. Some of these tools can be downloaded directly.

tag(s): drugs and alcohol (25)

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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 interactive anti-drug posters using Lucidpress, reviewed here.

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Resources for Specific Diseases - Minority Health Network

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This site offers background information and resources on asthma, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and infectious diseases. ...more
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This site offers background information and resources on asthma, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and infectious diseases.

tag(s): diseases (71)

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Bookmark this site for your science and gifted students as a great resource for information about prevalent diseases for papers and projects. Introduce this site to students on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Then divide students into pairs or small groups and have them choose a topic to research. Have students take online notes using a tool like Memo Notepad, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Next challenge students to create an interactive poster using Genial.ly, reviewed here. Where they can insert maps, surveys, video, audio, and more. Have students share these with thier classmates so everyone learns more about each topic and its issues. You could even put these on class wiki. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through.

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Resources for Prevention of Disease - Indiana University

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Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University. Includes excellent information on disease prevention relative to adolescents and young adults. Specific information on alcohol,...more
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Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University. Includes excellent information on disease prevention relative to adolescents and young adults. Specific information on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs used by'''?children and adolescents. A great tool for awareness. Award winning site.

tag(s): diseases (71)

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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 antidrug "radio" ads using podOmatic, reviewed here.

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Physical Fitness and Health - A report from the Surgeon General - Centers for Disease Control

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This report from the Surgeon General provides guidelines for physical health and fitness for various age groups, and highlights the importance of regular exercise, proper diet, and...more
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This report from the Surgeon General provides guidelines for physical health and fitness for various age groups, and highlights the importance of regular exercise, proper diet, and healthy lifestyles. Good resource for health classes or helping students discover how fit they may (or may not) be.

tag(s): fitness (49)

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Check out this site for ideas about fitness, healthy eating, and other lifestyle concerns. Ask students to make a list of ten items they can try for exercise and new healthy recipes that they cook with their families. Assign students to write blog posts about their experiences sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration.

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Nutrition.Gov - US Government

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This gateway site from the federal government aims to consolidate a wide range of consumer oriented nutrition information. The information could find various applications in health,...more
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This gateway site from the federal government aims to consolidate a wide range of consumer oriented nutrition information. The information could find various applications in health, consumer science, and nutrition classes.

tag(s): nutrition (157)

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Use this site as a resource for students doing research projects on personal wellness and healthy eating. The site provides a lot of information on alternative diets such as vegan or vegetarian, and specifics that would be utilized well for a research project. Make sure to save the site to your class web page to ensure students have access to the site both in and out of the classroom.

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Marijuana Facts for Teens - National Institutes of Health

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This is the web version of a National Institute for Drug Abuse publication by the same name. It contains factual information on marijuana and why not experimenting is the best ...more
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This is the web version of a National Institute for Drug Abuse publication by the same name. It contains factual information on marijuana and why not experimenting is the best strategy. Great site for teens to use in gathering accurate information on a topic replete with less-than-correct information.

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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 printable anti-drug posters using PicLits, reviewed here.

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