Middle and Upper School Library

Health & Physical Fitness Sites

Mr Brunswick’s 9th Grade Health Project Citation Guide
General Health Sites
The best online health and human services information from government, academic, and nonprofit sources, this gateway site will point you in the right direction.
Teens Health was created by the Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media to supply teenagers with “honest, accurate information and advice about health, relationships, and growing up.” Resources are organized topically into the following sections: Your Body; Your Mind; Sexual Health; Food & Fitness; Recipes; Drugs & Alcohol; Q&A; Diseases & Conditions; Infections; Schools & Jobs; and Staying Safe.
Nutrition

Provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel. Visitors can find printable format educational materials, government reports, research papers and more.

Site features a wealth of useful information for folks who’d like to take charge of their personal health and physical well-being. There also is a link to the President’s Challenge (http://www.presidentschallenge.org/), which provides visitors with a program custom-designed to meet their individual needs (registration required).

This site from Georgia State University’s Dept. of Kinesiology & Health, explores the benefits of aerobic exercise and provides guidelines for such popular forms of aerobics as bicycling, cross-country skiing, aerobic dance, stair-climbing, and swimming. The site also offers advice on how to get started in a regular program of aerobic exercise

Site features a wealth of useful information for folks who’d like to take charge of their personal health and physical well-being. There also is a link to the President’s Challenge (http://www.presidentschallenge.org/), which provides visitors with a program custom-designed to meet their individual needs (registration required).

The resources here will help you identify stress that can be damaging to your health and also supply you with suggestions for reducing stress in your everyday life. Like all sites in the About.com family, this one offers a blend of original content and links to related online resources. In the former category are numerous articles on the relationship between stress and your health; self-diagnosis questionnaires; and tips on how to enjoy a low-stress lifestyle.
Eating Disorders

This article explains the pressures society imposes to look a certain way and describes the symptoms of and cures for anorexia and bulimia, two of the most common eating disorders among teens. It also discusses sports and eating disorders and provides a list of warning signals for anorexia and bulimia.

A “one-stop index for psychology, support, and mental health issues.” You will find a wealth of information here. The Frequently Asked Questions section should be extremely helpful to first-time visitors. You can search the site or browse one of several areas, including Mental Health & Psychology Resources Online
Drugs and Alcohol
Website that describes¬† of the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Club drugs are being used by young adults at all-night dance parties such as “raves” or “trances,” dance clubs, and bars.¬† NIDA-supported research has shown that use of club drugs can cause serious health problems and, in some cases, even death. Used in combination with alcohol, these drugs can be even more dangerous.

From the National Institute of Drug Abuse, this site provides current information about the effects of illicit drugs, including anabolic steroids, marijuana, ecstasy, inhalants, nicotine, stimulants, and more.

This site offers profiles of a broad range of legal and illegal substances that are widely abused.¬† The latest developments in substance abuse are addressed in articles showcased on the site’s homepage.

Prevention Online, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – a comprehensive clearinghouse for alcohol and drug information. Dedicated sections of the site feature information tailored to family, youth, school, workplace, and community. You’ll find information about different drugs, databases of prevention and treatment resources, and information about such issues as binge drinking, drug testing, and HIV/AIDS.

Sexuality
A project of New York-based Columbia University’s Health Education Program, Go Ask Alice! candidly addresses some of the ticklish health questions that all adolescents face. The site is set up in a user-friendly Q&A format and answers questions about such issues as relationships; sexuality; sexual health; fitness; nutrition; emotional health; alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs; and general health. Each week, the site answers a number of questions dealing with a theme. The archives, containing nearly 3,000 questions, can be searched by keyword.
Written and edited by a panel of teens, the content is designed to provide teenagers and young adults with “honest, medically accurate, and balanced information about human sexuality.” A special section addresses the concerns of gay/bisexual/transgendered teens. Other topical sections include Girls’ Health; Guys’ Health; Sex; Love & Relationships; Deciding about Sex; Birth Control & Condoms; Sexually Transmitted Infections; Pregnancy; Teen Parenting; Abortion; Adoption; and Emotional Health.
Teen Advice
Designed to help teens solve their problems through a peer network, Teen Advice Online allows young people to share their common and unique experiences. The site covers all the topics one might expect, such as dating and relationships; sex and sexuality; gender issues; and family. You’ll also find a handful of featured articles, covering a broad spectrum of teen problems. If you’re looking for an answer, check the archive to see if your question has previously been addressed. Teens from around the world serve as the site’s counselors; they are not counseling professionals.

 

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