The most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 17 percent of children and adolescents are overweight. Statistics show that one in five kids abuse prescription drugs. These are only two examples of the health issues facing children today. In fact, there are many health topics that need to be incorporated into the curriculum, such as chronic diseases, infections, and environmental hazards. Like adults, most students will turn to the Internet. According to a new Pew Internet & American Life Project report, 10 million American adults look online for health information in any given day. Only 27 percent begin their search at a health-related Web site. Providing students with reliable health sources will give them the knowledge they need to make wise decisions.
BAM! Body and Mind
The CDC from the Department of Health and Human Services provides this Web site for learning about health issues. Find out how scientists track diseases such as the West Nile Virus and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). 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 the KABAM! Comic Creator, and read about the Immune Platoon. This site offers loads of information and interactive activities on all aspects of keeping healthy.
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