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BAM! Body and Mind
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this government-run site is commercial free and doesn't accept any advertising. The site covers all the health advice that parents are always trying to impart to kids, like the importance of hand-washing before eating, but in a no-nonsense scientific fashion that will probably drive the lessons home. The site doesn't just say why it's a good idea to wash your hands, it illustrates the face with pictures of the germs that could try to infect your system. Because the site does cover diseases and scientifically explains birds dying from West Nile Virus and the effects of nasty bugs like tetanus on a body's system, younger kids should probably have some guidance on the siteh.
Is it any good?
Information about healthy habits isn'tÂ hard to find. But BAM! BODY AND MIND, the Center's for Disease Control's kids' site doesn't stop there. This site takes visitors on a behind-the-headlines tour of the action and adventure with activities like Operation Infection Detection where you can learn from real-life scientists as they track, treat, and control diseases. There's no shortage of advice to take away though, as kids can get a full-serving of nutrition information (including kid-friendly recipes), safety tips, and even media awareness information, which puts a spotlight on advertising that targets kids' vulnerabilities. To round things out there's a comprehensive fitness department that offers an interactive activity log and run-down of nearly 30 possible activities to try out, everything from Frisbee to martial arts.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about food and nutrition. What types of foods do you see advertised the most while you are watching TV? Do you think healthy foods are as fun as junk food? How can you make nutritious food into appealing meals?
What steps do you take to stay healthy? Do you sometimes get mixed messages from the media about what is healthy?
For kids who love staying healthy
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