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Osteoporosis has long been viewed as an "old ladies' disease," but there are many people at risk. There are also many things young people can do to reduce their risk factors. Learn about all of this and more through a comprehensive PowerPoint.
Eleventh graders study osteoporosis and understand the relationship between calcium and bone mass.  In this investigative lesson students participate in an activity in which they graph and construct basic bone biology.
Learners analyze and examine the anatomy of bones and bone conditions. In this bone anatomy lesson, students analyze and examine the structural properties of bones. They explain the relationship between osteoblasts and osteoclasts and describe the changes in bone due to osteoporosis.
Students identify the risks associated with osteoporosis. In this adult health activity, students compare their current calcium intake versus what they need daily. They recommend ways to prevent this disease.
Learners study the skeleton, about the number of and types of bones in the body, and how outer space affects astronauts' bones. They discover how to take care of their bones here on Earth to prevent osteoporosis, or, weakening of the bones. This activity clearly outlines the foods and types of exercise that promote healthy bones.
Got milk? Or almonds, sardines, or tofu? Calcium is important throughout life, but especially so for developing bodies. If teens do not consume enough calcium while they are growing, they are at a much higher risk of osteoporosis and other health issues. Beginning by looking at their own eating habits, learners try to place the foods they've consumed over the past 24 hours on the Healthy Eating Plate. Next, they examine both dairy and non-dairy foods that are high in calcium and how many daily servings they would need to meet the recommended daily allowance for teens. 
Students find the difference between calcium-fortified foods and foods that naturally supply calcium. They examine how to read food labels for calcium. Students study a handout of the high calcium sources and the good calcium sources.
Students explain the roles of calcium and vitamin D in our bodies. They determine the recommended intakes of calcium and vitamin D. Students then identify good sources of calcium and vitamin D. They plan a calcium and vitamin D rich diet plan.
You can use these lesson plans to give students some hands on experience with the skeletal system.
High schoolers examine the problem of obesity among teenagers. They view a video and discuss what could be done to avoid becoming overweight. They also explore the importance of exercise.
Students investigate the practices of fall prevention and how to aid the strengthening bones with the use of a high nutrient diet. They discuss the types of situations that can contribute to falls in the senior population and initiate a plan of fall prevention.
Students investigate the benefits of a nutritional supplement of taking calcium and vitamin d. They look at the specific benefits and the skills necessary for planning a healthy diet. Comparison shopping is practiced looking for the most reasonably priced foods.
Young scholars discuss bone health. In this health lesson, students talk about foods and activities that can foster strong bones. Young scholars explore ways to defeat obstacles to bone health.
Students demonstrate the semi-permeability of a cell membrane and lay ground-work for discussion of osteoporosis.
Designed to accompany the 13-minute video The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes, this handout serves as both a viewing guide during the video and an analysis of how the adaptations of the icefish might help treat some human ailments. Additionally, there is an extension activity, which includes an essay outline for budding biologists to write more in-depth about the potential benefits to human health that could come from understanding more about the icefish. Add more time to the recommended duration if you choose to have your class do the extension activity. 
Young scholars share their knowledge of England, then read a news article about Prince Charles's anticipated visit to the U.S. In this current events lesson (written prior to Prince Charles's visit), the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Adaptations must be made as environments change. This fabulous presentation features Icelandic icefish, a transparent, scaleless specimen that even has colorless blood. Genetics and adaptations concepts are explored as scientists study the DNA that is expressed as an antifreeze protein. The film guide provides background information, discussion points, links to related resources, and a quiz question answer key. Additional materials include the assessment and a few fabulous lab activities that you can choose from as a followup.   
Send your health class to the computer lab to do a mini-research assignment. In it, they write brief descriptions for various health problems that are affected by smoking. Some of these include cancer, emphysema, heart disease, osteoporosis, and infertility. The handout has instructions printed at the top, and then lists each health issue, leaving space for information to be written.
From three-way neck rolls to a figure-5 hurdler's stretch, this is an ultimate guide to healthy exercises. It begins with a bulleted list of general guidelines on cardiorespiratory exercise, flexibility, resistance exercises, and range of motion that can be administered as reference pages to class members. The next three pages then include detailed descriptions and images of a variety of stretches and exercises, which you can choose from and demonstrate to your learners.
Being an astronaut takes not only high mental acuity, but also a high level of physical fitness, especially for those who spend a long amount of time away from Earth, such as the astronauts serving on the International Space Station. Without the constant pull of Earth's gravity on the body, space travelers quickly lose bone density and muscle mass. See how well your middle schoolers or high schoolers understand the concept through a drawing and writing activity. Learners draw and label the bones and muscles of an arm that has been in space versus one that has been on Earth, then devise a diet and exercise plan to combat the bone and muscle atrophy of microgravity. 

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