Health/Phys. Ed.

West Virginia's First Ski Resort

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Examine the beginnings of the ski industry in West Virginia.

Can Los Angeles End Veteran Homelessness?

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Learn about L.A.'s mission to end rampant homelessness with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from June 14, 2015.

Zika Transmission | Spillover - Zika, Ebola & Beyond: Part 6

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Zika, unlike Ebola, is less commonly spread by human-to-human contact. Instead, mosquitos are the root cause. Brazil has recently implemented mosquito controls to prevent the transmission several of viral diseases, including Zika. As the world's population grows and spreads geographically, human interaction with new wildlife opens up greater opportunity for zoonotic disease to spread.

Health Effects of Zero Gravity

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Learn about the harmful health effects of living in zero gravity and a potential solution in this video from NOVA scienceNOW: "Can We Make It to Mars?" NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger describes the bone and muscle loss he experienced during his five-month stay aboard the Russian Space Station. Host Neil deGrasse Tyson visits neurophysiologist Janna Kaplan to learn how artificial gravity could mitigate the risks of space travel. The rotation of a spinning room creates a centrifugal force that pushes the body against the wall, simulating gravity; if such a room were onboard a spacecraft, it could help astronauts preserve bone and muscle mass.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Issues Facing Military Families | The Homefront

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Learn about the challenges faced by a new generation of military families in this clip from The Homefront. 20-year-old Army Reserve Specialist Samantha Van Fossen says goodbye to her parents and sisters as she prepares to leave the small town of Lodi, Wisconsin, for her first overseas deployment to the Middle East. Although Samantha is prepared and excited for her mission, she struggles with leaving her family. Later, senior military leaders and experts discuss the experiences of military families in the post-9/11 era.

Are Emotions Contagious? | BrainCraft

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We're known to mimic each other's facial expressions and posture, but those aren't the only things we can subconsciously "catch" from others.

High Risk High | Interview - Lo Ann Wake

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Lo Ann lost her husband when she was 29 years old with four children. Her message implores viewers to think about how the decisions they make about substance abuse will affect other people.

How Widespread Is Student Homelessness? | Above the Noise

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Student homelessness in the US is a tricky thing to quantify. HUD -- the federal government's Department of Housing and Urban Development -- controls most of the money used to help the homeless. But, that agency misses about 4 in 5 homeless students. Why? It’s all about how you define the term “homeless”. According to HUD, you’re only considered homeless if you’re living in a shelter or living on the streets. But according to the Department of Education, about 80% of the 1.3 million homeless students living in the US are couch surfing, living in motels, or doubling up with family or friends. These students aren’t eligible for HUD money, so increasingly, it’s up to schools to provide help. Host Myles Bess explores how homeless students get the help they need when different federal agencies use competing definitions to define who’s homeless.

Natural Gas Mining Contaminants

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Viewers learn about the health effects of natural gas and oil drilling on Garfield County, Colorado, residents in this video segment adapted from the independent film Split Estate. In the 1990s, people there started to complain that toxic compounds released by nearby drilling were making them sick by affecting their water supply. Resident Laura Amis, whose drinking water was poisoned by drilling, developed an adrenal tumor. Experts explain how oil and gas industries are exempt from some federal regulations. Many wells have been drilled since the 1990s, and more continue to be planned.

High School Football Players Discuss the Pressure to Stay in the Game, Despite Concussions

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Explore why, despite reports on the dangers of concussions, high school athletes feel pressured to hide their injuries in order to get back in the game with this video fromPBS NewsHourvideo from February 17th, 2014. According to the National Academy of Sciences, there are 11 recorded concussions for every 10,000 high school games and practices, twice the rate of college players. But researchers believe the number is actually much higher because many go unreported.

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