These websites explore personal, community and global wellness.
NHM Health Focus from the National Health Museum highlights resources detailing the science behind the health of current important issues. Recent topics include influenza, handwashing, healthy skin, Great American Smokeout, and more.
BodiMojo focuses on health and wellness information for teenagers: body image, nutrition, fitness, eating disorders, emotional life, dating, sexual health, alcohol and drugs, and more. The site features social media tools, quizzes, health tools and games, and includes customized goal setting and wellness tips.
Action for Healthy Kids is a public/private organization formed specifically to address the epidemic of overweight, undernourished and sedentary youth by focusing on changes at school. The website includes resources for schools to develop wellness programs.
BAM (Body and Mind) from the CDC was designed for kids 9–13 years old. The site gives information needed to make healthy lifestyle choices and includes games, animations and stories. Topics covered are diseases, food and nutrition, physical activity, safety, your life (stress and conflict) and your body.
It's My Life from PPS is organized across six topic "channels": Friends, Family, School, Body, Emotions, and Money. Teacher and parent materials include lesson plans on topics such as Bullies, Drug Abuse, Eating Disorders and Sports Participation.
Best Bones Forever from the CDC is designed to give girls aged 10-18 the information they need to take care of their bones and prevent osteoporosis and other problems in later life. Games, quizzes, recipes, screen savers and poetry make the site interesting and appealing.
Staying Healthy from KidsHealth.org contains lots of information about staying fit, eating right and taking care of your body.
The mission of the www.girlshealth.gov website, developed by the Office on Women's Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, is to promote healthy, positive behaviors in girls between the ages of 10 and 16. The site gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women, and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home.
Antibiotic Attack is an interactive activity designed to help grade 3-5 students look at the pros and cons of using antibiotics to treat illness.
RX for Survival: A Global Health Challenge from PBS addresses global health literacy. A global health atlas displays life expectancy, health and prosperity and other data on color coded maps. Lesson plans designed for use with 7-12 grade classes cover vaccines, vector-borne diseases, antibiotic-resistance, delivering health aid, the link between diet and disease, and how public health systems can contain disease.
Global Health Facts provides interactive maps depicting health and demographic information for the countries of the world. Data is available on topics including prevalence of diseases, birth and death rates, life expectancy, spending on health per capita, and many more. Data sets are also downloadable.
Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger is a global education initiative for schools and youth groups designed to enable and encourage teachers, students and young people to become actively involved in helping create a world free from hunger and malnutrition. Information and statistics on malnutrition and its global health consequences is included. is a global education initiative for schools and youth groups designed to enable and encourage teachers, students and young people to become actively involved in helping create a world free from hunger and malnutrition. Information and statistics on malnutrition and its global health consequences is included.
The Food and Agriculture Atlas from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization illustrate the food consumption status of countries around the world.
Open Wide and Trek Inside is a dental health unit for grades 1-2 from the National Institutes of Health's NIH Curriculum Supplement Series. The site includes interactives for students plus a teacher guide.
MouthPower Online from the National Museum of Dentistry offers users an interactive learning experience about oral health. There are six modules within MouthPower Online, each focusing on a different aspect of oral health and dentistry. In each one, a character named Mouthie serves as guide and, in some cases, as test subject, to help children explore and learn about oral health.
Microbe World from the American Society for Microbiology features a“Meet the Microbes” section introducing microbes and their health effects. The site also offers videos, podcasts, an interesting “Did You Know?” section and experiments and other resources for educators.
WhyEat is a game designed to let middle or high school students explore how foods affect the body and how to eat right to stay strong and healthy. Students plan meals, buy food, and see the results in the health of their avatar. If they get sick, they try to figure out why and change the diet to become healthy again. Why Eat? is part of the virtual world of Whyville, so in order to play students will need to register, learn to navigate the site, and get their “chat license.”
Fire Safety for Kids from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is targeted towards children in grades Pre-K through 3. It includes animated information for children, along with teachers and parents pages with discussion points, lesson plans, and other educational resources.
Explore the Virtual House from the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC) to identify safe and unsafe substances commonly found in homes. The site is intended to help parents keep their children safe, but could be used by students to explore household safety. A similar site for kids from the EPA called “Learn About Chemical Around Your House” is available at kidshometour.
ToxTown from the National Library of Medicine helps students and teachers learn about environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals pictured in an imaginary city, farm, town, etc.
FDA Food Safety and Nutrition Information for Kids and Teens provides information about food safety, animal care, vaccines, and other topics.
Play it Safe from the US Department of Transportation provides information on bicycle and car safety and crossing the street for younger students.
The NIH Curriculum Supplement Series for High School includes “Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases,” “The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction,” and more.
BioEd Online offers biology teacher resources from the Baylor College of Medicine. Interesting features include “slide sets,” presentations by health professionals on different topics such as viruses or nutrition, and “The Body Explained,” amusing videos that answer common questions about how the human body works such as “What causes your stomach to growl?” and “Why do we sneeze?”
The Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Lifestyle website site offers information on nutrition, fitness, stress management and a variety of interesting tools such as BMI calculator, calorie calculator, heart disease risk calculator, target heart rate calculator and a variety of health awareness quizzes. Check the multimedia tab for each section for additional interesting features, such as exercise videos in the Fitness section.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity provides lots of resources for health teachers.
Last updated 7/2011