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How Does Lifestyle Affect Diabetes?

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In this animated video segment adapted from the Eagle Books series produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an American Indian boy named Rain That Dances meets Mr. Eagle, who is sad about the health of the people in the village. Mr. Eagle describes how hard work and physical activity used to be a way of life, making people strong and healthy, but now many people are sick with diabetes because of their new lifestyles. Rain That Dances learns how to prevent diabetes by eating healthy traditional foods and being more active, like his ancestors.

Healthy Eating Habits

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In this animated video segment adapted from the Eagle Books series produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mr. Eagle and Miss Rabbit discuss healthy eating with Rain That Dances and his friends Thunder Cloud, Simon, and Little Hummingbird. The children hear how Mother Earth grows plants for eating and learn about the many different kinds of fruits and vegetables. They discuss what they like to eat, and Miss Rabbit encourages them to try more fruits and vegetables to grow healthy and strong. She explains how they can eat fruits and vegetables at mealtimes as well as for snacks.

Help Prevent Diabetes with Exercise

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In this animated video segment adapted from the Eagle Books series produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mr. Eagle describes to Rain That Dances and Thunder Cloud, two American Indian boys, how people used to be strong and healthy because they kept their bodies moving by working hard and playing outside every day. Mr. Eagle is sad because he no longer sees children playing and because they spend too much time sitting. He tells the boys how many people are now sick with diabetes and explains that there are ways to prevent the disease. Together, they discuss fun ways to move their bodies and become healthier.

Don't Mess with Mercury

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Learn how to avoid mercury hazards, in this short video from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Graphics and animations illustrate the liquid appearance of elemental mercury and warn viewers about the dangers of exposure. Hear about how you should not touch mercury and how it can contaminate objects in the home.

Healthy Eating | Cooking Across Generations

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Jalani Phillips, Jr. (age 10, U.S. Virgin Islands) describes the origins of his Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winning recipe for Hurricane Lentil and Salmon Patties, and his mother talks about their family’s cooking traditions, in this video from WGBH. Jalani explains why he would rather be a chef than president of the United States. After explaining why he and his mother frequently use onions in their dishes, he describes some of the cultural recipes that have inspired him to cook. His mother explains that she learned to cook at a young age and thought it was important for Jalani to learn, too.

Check out the Support Materials below for Teaching Tips and a link to a customizable student handout. This resource is part of the Healthy Eating collection.

Healthy Eating | Cooking for a Good Cause

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Sydney Mazik (age 12, Ohio) talks about her love of cooking and how two healthy foods that her family eats inspired her Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winning recipe for Spaghetti Squash Asparagus Pie, in this video from WGBH. She created her dish to spread awareness about spaghetti squash, which she says is a vegetable most people don’t know about. Sydney and her twin sister were born three months early. Due to a bacterial infection, Sydney was not expected to survive more than a day. She overcame this and other challenges, and today uses her winning recipe to raise money for a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Check out the Support Materials below for Teaching Tips and a link to a customizable student handout. This resource is part of the Healthy Eating collection.

Eating Healthy Foods

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Learn about the importance of eating healthy foods, in this video adapted from Media That Matters. A group of students present and explain the types of foods that are good for our bodies, the nutrients they provide, and how these benefit our bodies. They then explain what processed foods are, why some people like them, and why they are unhealthy.

Healthy Eating | Food to Fuel a Runner

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Learn how Leo Koch (age 9, Maine) chooses healthy foods, like those in his Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winning recipe for Vegan Superhero Soup, to fuel his competitive running and help manage his diabetes, in this video from WGBH. Leo leads an active life. As a type 1 diabetic, his nutritional needs demand added scrutiny. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that prevents the pancreas from producing insulin, which regulates the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood. At every meal, a pump delivers insulin into Leo’s body and a monitor tracks his blood glucose level. Because the body processes nutrients in different ways, Leo analyzes foods for their protein, fat, and carbohydrate contents.

Check out the Support Materials below for Teaching Tips and a link to a customizable student handout. This resource is part of the Healthy Eating collection.

Healthy Eating | An Advocate

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Rain Adams (age 12, Colorado) talks about her passion for healthy eating and how it inspired her to create her Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winning recipe for Rain’s Turkey Chili, in this video from WGBH. Rain, who as a nine-year-old started her own vegan pet treat company, learned to cook from her mother. She says it’s fun for kids to get in the kitchen and make healthy foods. During the White House Kids’ "State Dinner,” Michelle Obama challenged Rain and the other winners to promote healthy eating. Rain’s advocacy has extended to appearances on the TV news, hosting her own YouTube channel, and contributing to her family’s blog, Building a Healthy Family.

Check out the Support Materials below for Teaching Tips and a link to a customizable student handout. This resource is part of the Healthy Eating collection.

Healthy Eating | Family Gardens

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Samuel Davis (age 11, Louisiana) describes his use of garden vegetables in his Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winning recipe for Sam’s Southern Savoring Salmon Supreme (S5), in this video from WGBH. Sam shows off his family’s backyard garden, where tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and more, grow. He looks forward to getting gardening tips from First Lady Michelle Obama, who describes the White House garden as a way to spread the ideas of eating well, growing your own food, and making friends with vegetables. Sam encourages his family members to eat brown rice instead of white rice and a salad instead of pizza. He now has the opportunity to share his knowledge of healthy eating with his community.

Check out the Support Materials below for Teaching Tips and a link to a customizable student handout. This resource is part of the Healthy Eating collection.

Choosing Foods for Your Health

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Learn from Misty and Tim, two teens who have diabetes, about the food choices they make to help them control their condition, in these two video segments adapted from Living With MyType2. Misty is a college student learning to adapt her dietary needs to a new environment filled with options. Tim goes grocery shopping with his mother and explains how he identifies foods as healthy or unhealthy based on their ingredients and location in the store.

The Health Benefits of Exercise

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Minnie, a teenager living with diabetes, goes to a gym for the first time to work out in this video adapted from Living with MyType2. Minnie’s coach, Brandi, guides her through different exercises and stretches. She also discusses some strategies that Minnie can adopt to stay motivated to exercise and help control her diabetes.

Getting Fit at the Gym

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Learn about the kinds of exercises high school students do to get in shape, in this video adapted from the In the Mix. Students talk about the benefits of exercise, which include strengthening muscles for other activities, such as dance, boosting energy levels, losing fat, and reducing stress.

The Effects of Childhood Lead Poisoning

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In this video adapted from Lead Awareness for Parents by the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, two mothers share their experiences about how their children suffered from lead poisoning. First, meet the Sanfilippo family who discovered their young son chewing on wood from their porch while they renovated it, and then found that there was lead paint present. Also meet the Travis family, whose children likely got lead poisoning from lead hazards in their rental homes. Hear about the importance of regular testing for blood lead levels, and learn how to prevent lead exposure.

Teen Advocates for a Neighborhood Park

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Meet Misra Walker, an 18-year-old who lives in a section of the South Bronx in New York City called Hunts Point. Misra explains some of the conditions her community lives with because of significant industrial activity in the area. She tells how she, along with her teen advocacy group, A.C.T.I.O.N., worked to convince the Manhattan Transit Authority (M.T.A.) to run a seasonal bus shuttle to one of the few green spaces in the community.

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