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January 2011


By: Cynthia | January 31 2011 | Category: NIH Resources, Science News, Tidbits for Teachers


image of school tray with fruits and vegtablesResources to help students, families, and communities get fit and make healthier food choices

If you made a New Year’s resolution to exercise more and eat better, then check out some of these great resources to help you reach your goals.

1.    Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announce the release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. The evidence-based nutrition guidance is offered to promote health, and reduce the risk of disease and the prevalence of obesity.

2.    Michelle Obama started the Let’s Move! campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity by engaging every sector of society into helping kids become more active and eat better. At the Web site, you can:
•    learn the facts about childhood obesity
•    find out how to determine your healthy weight and calculate your body mass index
•    get chef-created recipes, healthy eating tips, and nutrition information
•    learn ways that kids, families, schools, and communities can get active
•    see videos on the Let’s Move! YouTube channel
3.    For the 7th - and 8th -grade classrooms, the NIH has two free curriculum supplements about health and nutrition. Through engaging activities, students can discover how the energy in versus energy out and their own behaviors can affect their health.
•    The Science of Energy Balance: Calorie Intake and Physical Activity
•    The Science of Healthy Behaviors
Best of luck to you as you strive for a healthier life!
By: Debbie | January 25 2011 | Category:


DNA Day Essay Contest LogoThe American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 5th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! The contest is open to students in grades 9-12.

The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on the important concepts of genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay questions. Submissions must be received no later than March 7. For more information on the DNA Day Essay Contest, visit the ASHG Web siteExternal Web Site Policy.
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