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Health Resources - middle level +

Health knowledge base to develop health literacy

Activities for teaching & learning how to be healthy

Eleven teaching units for health literacy

  1. My favorite things - Two page interest survey (printable .pdf)
  2. Introduction - What is health, health categories, affects on health, risks, & promoting wellness lesson plans, activity lab notes, fact sheets, & word bank
  3. Decision making - lesson plan, activity lab notes, fact sheets, & word bank.
  4. Mental & emotional health - Activity Lab notes (Work sheets, word bank & key ideas).
    Content includes: Two week goal setting activity, What is your characters of mental health activity, Who am I activity to create a personal shield or coat of arms to describe you, Affects on health, risks and promoting health and wellness, CrossWord puzzle for mental and emotional health vocabulary, Create a plan for a healthy mental and emotional life activity. Support Procedures to recognize and manage feelings & emotions: fear, guilt, anger, stress. Stressors for Teens, Stress, Chronic stress, Ways to Manage and Reduce stress, Stress & Immunity, Stress & Exercise, Caffeine & hormones, Coping with loss & grief, Five Stages of grief, Dealing with Anxiety & Depression, Suicide Prevention, & Getting Help
  5. Social health relationships - Activity Lab notes (Worksheets, word bank and key ideas).
    Content includes: Healthy social relationships Respecting yourself & others, Communicating Family relationships, Peer relationships, & Suggestion for managing jealousy & envy, & Assertive behavior
  6. Nutrition and physical health - lesson plans, lab notes, and fact sheets.
    Content includes: What influences affect a person's diet choices?, Nutritional and diet goals for good health, Nutrients and health, What do I know about vitamins? Vitamin in a day, History of vitamins, Lab summary, Goals & plan for physical health, and Reviews:
    See also Nutrients functions and sources, and food investigations: calcium & bone investigation, starch investigation, milk investigation of proteins casein and whey, protein testing, mineral tests, fat tests, eggs and protein investigation, acid in food investigation, sugar in food investigation, energy in food, calorimeter
  7. Decision making - lesson plan, activity lab notes, fact sheets, & word bank.
  8. Human anatomy: systems & organs for health & wellness
  9. Medicine and drug use: Activity Lab notes (worksheets, word bank & key ideas).
    Content includes: Brainstorm and focus prior knowledge about drugs, Medicines and drug classification, Are medicines and drugs dangerous? Drug and Medicine Investigations: Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug culture and media influences on medicine and drug use, Decision making scenarios and case studies related to medicine and drug use, The Affects of Influence and Social Skills on Decision Making Related to Medicine and Drug Use, Medicine and drug review.
  10. Environmental health - activity Lab notes (worksheets, word bank & key ideas).
    Content includes: Brainstorm prior knowledge of Nature, Create an environmental model with (environmental factors, organism in the environment, & environmental interactions to maintain a balanced ecosystem of nature, humans, needs for human survival and environmental variables), Environmental Health Disasters Activity, Historical decisions with Positive & Negative Environmental Impacts, Making healthy environmental decisions today, Influences on environmental decisions, Decision Making for personal and environmental health, Implementation of environmental decisions, and Review
  11. Physical fitness planning
  12. Simulation of diagnosis for jaundice

In the news

Giving blood or being a fan? 2009 - Milwaukee, WI

Eighty year old Jim Becker's road to becoming the 12th member of the Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame started in 1952. Married with 11 children he didn't feel his family could spare the money for Packer tickets. When he found a pint of blood sold for $15.00, he decided to give blood four times a year and use the money to buy tickets for all the home games.

In 1970 Jim was diagnosed with hemochromatosis - a blood disorder that results in a large amount of iron in the bloodstream. The treatment: is to frequently donate blood. Doctors told Jim his blood donations were a stroke of genius that probably saved his life. Jim's father died as a result of hemochromatosis when he was only 43 years old. Makes one wonder if going to the games or becoming healthy urged Jim to give blood. Maybe both.

Additional Resources


  • The American Medical Association
  • The Aging Brain: A Lesson on Alzheimer’s Disease a.PDF file. APOE is a gene associated with Alzheimer’s. APOE has three common forms:
    • APOE2, which lowers risk of the disease.
    • APOE3 is the most common form, which doesn’t influence risk.
    • APOE4 raises the risk. Half of the people with the disease have a copy of this.
  • Body image, media resources -
    • 1st Dove evolution video - Original video of behind the scenes of image manipulation that spreads unattainable standards of beauty. (1:16)
    • Image sketches - explores how we perceive ourselves & other people perceive us. (3:00 mins)
    • Image sketches from mother's and daughter's perspectives. (2:58 mins)
    • Body image evoution timelapse video of photoshopping of a model's body. (1:11mins)
    • Salomon & Brown found 11-14 year old teens who posted more pictures on social media had a greater awarness of their appearance and a more negative perception of their body. The Selfie Generation. The Journal of Early Adolescence. 2018
  • Body language. TED talk.Your body language shapes who you are. by Amy Cuddy. Includes information on body language, nonverbal communication, & power poses. Amy describes examples supported by research for the effects of powerful and low power body language on the judgement & consequences of interactions with others and the health effects on the body: changes in testosterone & cortisol amounts. 2012, (21:02).


Disabilities and Health

  • CDC Quests on Disabilities and Health: Discover how kids with disabilities get around? Did you know that downhill skiers with only one leg have been clocked at 74 mph? Explore this site to find out how physically a person with disabilities can be. Find links to ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, hearing loss, mobility impairment, tourette syndrmone (TS), vision impairment, athlete biographies, paralympic games, and more.
  • Drug and alcohol - Common Sense Media site page with information about smoking marketing, vaping videos, interactive alcohol ads, and popular shows that glorify drug use, it's tougher than ever to limit kids' exposure to alcohol, drugs, and smoking in the media. This articles, advice, and videos will help you discover appropriate ideas in five different age groups, find out how kids are influenced, and learn how to prevent kids from starting harmful habits.
  • Flu Vaccine How It Works and Why It’s a MUST Thing to Do

Nutrition & Physical Activity Fitness & Health Resources

    • Bag the junk web site nutrition to reduce junk food.
    • CDC site with: Information on disease: graphic nove, database, activities... Recipes for good nutrition; Physical activity set up your own fitness calendar, access activity cards for activities from ballet to yoga; Advice for safety, yourlife, and your body. You can even take a quiz that will help you find out which activities will best suit your personality.
    • Choose My Plate developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve nutrition and well-being of Americans. Learn food facts and ways to create a healthy diet. Has a super tracker to look up nutritional information, track your food, and physical activity. the Mix Eat Smart & Ex Replaces the Food Pyramid.
    • Circuls Fit: Regiser for access to lesson plans with videos to set fitness goals, tips for warm-ups, exercises, and healthy eating. Then pick your action, props, and time in the Crazy Clown College Challenge and activity challenges for jump rope, juggling...
    • Edible School Yard Organization: The Edible Schoolyard Network connects educators around the world to build and share a K-12 edible education curriculum. image
    • Fitness partner site includes activity calculators, a fitness library, resources on getting and staying active, nutrition, managing weight, BMI, how playlists can increase a workout, and fitness equipment.
    • Let's Move site: health, food & nutrition, physical activity, school garden checklist
    • National Education Association (NEA) Health information network educator's site - 47 different guides and resources to support educators
    • Orienteering organization combines map reading and decision making with a walk outdoors. Team events in the United States, Education link to find out how it's done and start a program or club at your school. See plans for teaching cartography and orienteering.
    • PBS Web site. Site isn't very organized. Need to search for different shows, includes: some clips (couldn't get them to stream, transcripts, tip sheets, and and where to order videos. Pricey. Maybe available through Local PBS, need to check it out. Great variety of diverse health issues beyond eating and exercise. Could be valuable source.
    • The President's Challenge, a program to encourage all Americans to make being active a part of their everyday lives. A .pdf file with information to motivate people to improve your health.superTracker Icon
    • Super Tracker web site to track what you eat.
    • The Virtual Sports Injury Clinic includes a comprehensive overview of common injuries. Click on the muscle area in the graphic or use the menu to find a description of symptoms. Then read the first-aid steps, view video clips, and find out when to see a medical provider or specialist for treatment
    • Sport psychology

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