Body and Mind
of Disease Control and Prevention from the Department of Health
and Human Services provides this Website for learning about health
issues. Find out how scientists track diseases such as the West
Nile Virus and SARS. Meet doctors whose work is detecting, preventing,
and stopping certain diseases. Discover some delicious cool treats
for a more healthy diet. Create a fitness and activity calendar
from the hundred choices for an active lifestyle. Learn the rules
and techniques for playing sports on the activity cards that
include all aspects of particular sports. Your Safety is a section
that includes practical information for staying safe while engaged
in physical activity. Ways of dealing with conflict, stress and
pressure are included under Your Life. Use KABAM the comic creator
and read about the Immune Platoon. This site offers loads of
information and interactive activities on all aspects of keeping
for Disease Control and Prevention
Did you know
that the CDC was founded in 1946 to help control malaria? Since
that time it has expanded its focus to prevent and control infectious
and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities,
and environmental health threats. The CDC site is a gateway to
publications, statistics, and news. Featured on the page are
Pandemic Flu resources, the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics
Work Campaign, and breaking news stories. Stay informed by subscribing
to free email updates tailored to your specific interests. This
is a great starting point for students studying diseases and
current health issues.
Bright Smiles, Bright Futures
Join Dr. Rabbit
in learning about children's oral health. Lots of fun activities
was developed by the Office on Women's Health in the Department
of Health and Human Services. It is designed to provide girls
between the ages of ten and sixteen with reliable information
regarding health issues they will face as they become young women.
Read stories written for girls by girls from New Moon magazine,
vote on a current issue, or browse through a wide array of informative
articles. Rounding out the site is an educator’s page that
includes links to classroom materials and how to order free promotional
Did you know
that almost 51% of cold and flu viruses can be killed by proper
hand washing at least three times a day. Visit this site for
step-by-step instructions for hand washing. This is a great site
to use with elementary students.
Want to become
physically fit? This site encourages physical activity by suggesting
a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Participate in a
scavenger hunt in or out of the house. Find the object and determine
the time it takes. Compete against a friend or yourself. Play
the fitness challenge, comprised of ten activities, on your computer.
Compete with another person or against yourself. See if you can
improve your time. Play Move Maker to create dances by combining
pre-defined moves with music. Then dance along and teach others.
This site encourages physical activity while allowing for creativity.
and teens will discover a wealth of information reviewed by medical
and health professionals. In the parent section a variety of
topics are presented such as positive parenting, emotions and
behavior of kids, and symptoms of over eighty infections. Kids
can learn about everyday illnesses and injuries, try experiments
that demonstrate amazing things regarding the senses, and view
movies about How the Body Works. Teens get straight talk on a
range of issues from body art to diseases as well as advice from
peers who share personal stories about their experiences with
wearing braces, dealing with divorce, or coping with Cerebral
Palsy. You won’t want to miss this site when preparing
lessons for your classroom.
to be Healthy
health science activities and lessons for all age levels. These
lessons and activities are all aligned to national standards.
Games and WebQuests are included to keep students engaged and
interested in living a healthy lifestyle. Students and teachers
do need to register for a free account, which requires an email
address. However, teachers can create additional accounts under
their user name. Meet the nutrient super heroes in interactive
problem solving situations. Every aspect of health education
is included in these lessons to engage students in becoming health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
One of the
goals at the National Institute of Mental Health is to educate
the public. Mental health issues affecting children are outlined
and include many resources for support and treatment. There are
materials for children, adolescents, and adults. Current research
is presented with results and the opportunity to participate
in future studies. Health information, mental health diseases,
research and funding, and much more make this a very informative
Meet the Scrub
Club in their quest to encourage effective hand washing to avoid
infections. For the younger set, this site provides a variety
of games and interactive activities to help children learn about
the causes and prevention of diseases. Activities include the
six steps to keeping clean, meeting villains of disease, five
finger alert, and much more.
Environmental Protection Agency: Children’s Health
Search or browse
the EPA database to find lists of documents on potential environmental
hazards. These can be downloaded and opened with Adobe® Acrobat
Reader. Under the Environmental Education button, teachers will
discover grant applications, curriculum materials, training programs,
and partnerships. EPA Websites for students are divided by age
appropriate grade levels. Environmental Kids Club (Pre-K-4th)
contains hands-on projects and games. Student Center (5 -8) emphasizes
concept building through a variety of activities. High School
Environmental Center (9-12) focuses on issues, community service,
competitions, and careers. Finally, school districts may wish
to review the free software program, HealthySeat, developed by
the EPA to help school districts evaluate and manage their school
facilities for key environmental, safety, and health issues.
Food and Drug Administration
of food and drug related documents? Read the latest news concerning
approvals, recalls, and product safety. Learn about the products
the FDA regulates. The FDA is a good starting point for middle
and high school research projects. Have younger students jump
over to the Kids’ Site where they can engage in a variety
of activities such as assuming the role of an FDA inspector or
taking a food safety quiz.
Cook up a storm
using the Kids Cookbook. Play games and meet the superkid heroes.
Included are sections for parents and teachers.
times to the modern era, you will find all sorts of links to information
about the origins of foods to the history of agriculture..
geared to kids plus animations on the body systems.
Series of games
designed to help kids learn about nutrition.
Find out about
the history of popcorn, why it pops, and recipes.
want to review the lessons and free stuff available while kids
will want to explore the games and visit a pig farm. This site
is sponsored by the National Pork Producers Council.
text and pictures how orange juice is made from the grove to your
glass. There are also orange and grapefruit recipes.
Read about food labels. Have students create data sheets and
graphs of the information. Then compare the findings.
developed by the United States Department of Agriculture, helps
readers understand how a daily food plan can lead to a healthy diet. Posters, coloring books and worksheets are
included for students, along with classroom materials for teachers.
Students can play the interactive My Pyramid Blast Off game to determine
if their choices for a healthy life style allow them to blast off.
There is also a section geared more for adults that includes a
calorie counter and sample menus.