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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 (159)

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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 (159), obesity (17)

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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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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 (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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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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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 (159)

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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.

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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.

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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 (68)

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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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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 (159)

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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.

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 printable anti-drug posters using PicLits, reviewed here.

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