Unit 1: Your Total Health
CDC Choose Your Cover
What do a hat, a beach umbrella, and sunscreen have in common? They all help to protect your skin from the sun. Visit this Web site to learn about the sun's ultraviolet rays, the risk factors for skin cancer, and ways to protect your skin. What are the three major types of skin cancer? Who is at risk for skin cancer? How can skin cancer be prevented?
American Dental Hygienists Association
When you think of all the times you
use your teeth each dayfor eating, talking, and smilingyou
realize why healthy teeth are so important. At this Web site,
you will learn how to take care of your teeth and gums by
eating healthful foods and brushing and flossing properly.
Click on "Oral Health Info" and identify the warning
signs of periodontal disease. How can this disease be prevented?
The American Optometric Association
Keep your eyes healthy! Visit this Web site to learn how the eyes function, what disorders and diseases can affect the eyes, and ways to correct vision problems. Create a chart of the types of corneal modifications that are currently available to improve vision. Include a brief explanation of each procedure.
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Unit 2: Social and Public Health
National Crime Prevention Council:
Did you know that violent crime is the
second leading cause of death for all Americans aged 15-24?
Visit this Web site to learn about ways to resolve conflicts
peacefully, stop school violence, and stay safe in your community.
Write a short story about two teens involved in a conflict
and how they find a peaceful resolution.
Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Protection
Have you ever purchased a product that did not live up to its claims? Visit this Web site to learn how to be a wise consumer, avoid scams, and get your money's worth. Click on the "Diet, Health and Fitness" link, and read an article on dieting or exercise equipment. Summarize the information in a brief report.
Consumer Education for Teens
Do you know the saying "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is"? Visit this Web site to learn how to avoid product scams and rip-offs and to protect your rights as a consumer. Read about one of the topics that interests you, such as music clubs or Internet scams. What did you learn from this article? How will you use this information the next time you shop?
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Unit 3: Fitness and Nutrition
Shape Up America!
What are the benefits of physical fitness?
What is the best physical activity? Find the answers to these
questions at this Web site. Learn how to assess your fitness
level, balance the food you eat with physical activity, and
improve your fitness. Click on "Fitness Center." Create a
physical activity chart for beginner, intermediate, and advanced
fitness levels. Include the types of activities, time required,
and positive results.
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Visit this Web site to find nutritional information on a variety of foods. Make a chart of the nutrient content of ten fruits and ten vegetables. Which fruits offer the most nutrients? What is the most nutritious way to eat vegetables?
American Anorexia Bulimia Association
Would you be able to tell if a friend had an eating disorder? What could you do to help your friend? At this Web site, learn about eating disorders, including risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options. Create a public service announcement that identifies the signs of anorexia or bulimia.
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Unit 4: Your Physical Health
Human Anatomy On-line InnerBody.com
Are you aware that the average adult skeletal system contains 206 bones? Did you know that a smile uses 17 muscles, while a frown uses 43? These are just a few of the interesting facts about body systems that you will learn at this Web site. Draw a diagram of one of the body systems, and label at least ten of its major parts.
The Heart Preview Gallery
Do you know where your pulse points
are located? What are average blood pressure rates? Visit
this Web site to see, hear, and learn how the heart pumps
blood through the veins and arteries. Click on the "Learn"
button and choose "Activities." Find out how early physicians
listened to the heart.
American Heart Association
It's a fact: Lack of physical activity is a risk factor for heart disease. At this Web site, you will learn how to lower your risk of heart disease and recognize warning signs of heart attack and stroke. Click on the "Exercise" link in the Family Health area. Create a poster that shows how people can increase physical activity in their daily lives to help lower their risk of heart disease.
American Lung Association
"Asthma is the leading serious chronic
illness among children," according to the American Lung
Association. Visit this Web site to learn about asthma and
other lung health issues, including smoking and tobacco control,
lung disease, and air quality. Click on the "Asthma" link.
What are the symptoms of asthma? What should be done if someone
is having a severe asthma attack?
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Unit 5: Avoiding Substance Abuse
CDC's TIPS: Tobacco Information
and Prevention Source
"Tobacco use remains the leading preventable
cause of death in the United States, causing more than 400,000
deaths each year." This is just one of the surprising statistics
about smoking and tobacco that you will learn at this Web
site. Click on "Tips 4 Youth," and read one of the
articles about tobacco and youth. Use this information to
write an article for your school newspaper.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Did you know that young people who drink alcohol are 50 times more likely to use cocaine than those who never drink alcohol? Visit this Web site to learn about the negative effects of alcohol. Click on the "Under 21" link, and read the common alcohol myths. For five myths, write a line that a person might use to pressure someone to try alcohol. Then for each line, write a response that uses refusal skills.
Neuroscience for Kids Explore the Nervous System
You know that drug abuse is harmful, but do you know what drugs do to the nervous system? At this Web site, you will learn about the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, sensory systems, and effects of drugs. Create a chart that shows the short- and long-term effects of amphetamines and inhalants on the nervous system.
P.R.I.D.E. Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education
The good news: Drug use among most teens
has declined significantly, according to a recent PRIDE Survey.
The bad news: Drug use by teens remains at the third highest
level in 11 years. Visit this Web site to learn about trends
in drug use and the physical, emotional, and social effects
of drugs. Read the articles about marijuana. Summarize the
information in a pamphlet for teens.
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Unit 6: Safety and the Environment
National Safe Kids Campaign Online
In the United States, unintentional
injury is the leading cause of death among children ages 14
and under. Visit this Web site to learn about childhood injuries,
including statistics, causes, and tips for prevention. Click
on "Safety Tips & Resources" and read about
three common childhood injuries. For each type of injury,
create a tip sheet that helps parents and babysitters keep
American Red Cross Disaster
"The more you know, the better you'll
be able to prepare for and deal with a disaster," says the
American Red Cross. At this Web site, learn how to prepare
for and stay safe in hazardous weather and natural disasters.
Click on "Disaster Safety," and review the tips for getting
ready. Click on the "Be Prepared" section. Follow
the directions for creating an escape plan for your home.
HealthWorld Online: Emergency and First Aid
Have you ever been with someone who was stung by a bee? Had a nosebleed? Broken a bone? Did you know how to help? At this Web site, learn about first aid for emergencies from animal bites to fainting and frostbite to unconsciousness. Create a handbook of first aid techniques and prevention tips for emergencies that might occur during outdoor activities.
Did you know that CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) doubles a person's chance for survival from a heart attack? Visit this Web site to learn the steps for giving CPR and first aid for choking. Then test your knowledge of CPR by taking the CPR Quiz.
Recycle City: U.S. EPA Student Center
Do you know ways to reduce the amount of waste produced in your home? Visit this Web site to find out how you can help protect the environment by recycling, reducing, and reusing waste. Click on the "Activities" link, and check out the list of things to do at Recycle City. Do at least three of the activities on the list.
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