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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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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.

tag(s): fitness (49), sports (98)

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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.

tag(s): nutrition (159)

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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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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 (159)

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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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Using Live Insects in Elementary Classrooms - University of Arizona

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This site offers scores of ideas for using insects to teach topics ranging from math to music, health, and science. There are plenty of details on both instructional uses and ...more
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This site offers scores of ideas for using insects to teach topics ranging from math to music, health, and science. There are plenty of details on both instructional uses and how to raise and maintain insects in classroom settings.

tag(s): experiments (68), insects (72)

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If your students are "critter crazy," you'll find lots of great intructional opportunities here.

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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 (33)

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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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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 (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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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 (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.

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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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