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54321+8 Countdown to Your Health [electronic resource]

Using the easy-to-remember countdown format shown in the title, this video outlines a strategy that can help teens and adults stay healthy. Viewers learn a daily regimen of the following vital actions: eating five types of fruits and veggies; drinking four glasses of water for cleansing and hydration; enjoying three laughs with friends (aiding mental well-being, lowering anxiety and depression, and even improving the immune system); putting in place a limit of two hours of TV or computer time; performing at least one hour's worth of physical activity; and getting eight hours of sleep. In addition, medical professionals share the facts behind the numbers and offer some practical advice about how to live the countdown.

MyPlate [electronic resource]

MyPlate is a government-recommended plan to ensure healthy eating practices when you make food choices using the following guidelines. It shows a plate setting for a meal with four food groups as colored portions on the plate and one glass representing dairy products, suggesting portions of each food group you should consume throughout the day.

Healthy Choices [electronic resource]

(EVE) Alex's school cafeteria provides lots of healthy eating choices. Will they go for something that's good for them? Or something that might taste good, but only hurt in the long run? Well, let's see. (EVE) Here comes Alicia. She's got a turkey wrap, a bag of baked chips, a side salad, mandarin oranges, fat-free yogurt, and a bottle of water. Nice job, I think Alicia was listening in Mr. Schaeffer's class! (EVE) The turkey wrap gives her something from the Grains and the Meat group. The side salad counts as her Vegetable. The cup of mandarin oranges - very tasty! - gives her something sweet from the Fruit group. And, the fat-free yogurt counts as her dairy. To top it off, she's drinking water, which is always a great drink choice! (ADAM) Now here comes Alex. He's got the grill [...]

Nutrition [electronic resource]

Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. Nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. Learning to eat nutritiously is not hard. The key is to eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products; eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and low-fat dairy products; drink lots of water; and go easy on the salt, sugar, alcohol, saturated fat, and trans fat.

A Healthy You Video Clip Collection [electronic resource]: Heart and Gastric-Related Health

What is the human body's most important system? Answer: they're all equally important, but when we take special care of our cardiovascular and digestive health, we have a good chance at a long, relatively disease-free life. This collection of seven video clips covers many of the basic concerns and illnesses related to heart and gastric health. Each clip averages four minutes in length. Video clips include... Cholesterol: The heart is the engine of the body, and one important factor in keeping it healthy is cholesterol control. Cholesterol is a lipid or fat that is made in the liver from fatty foods. Cholesterol is carried in the blood, and we all need it to keep healthy-but on the other hand, too much cholesterol circulating in the bloodstream can be dangerous. Diabetes: Diabe [...]

Designing Menus for Healthy Diets [electronic resource]

Jesse's mother has to work late, so Jesse is responsible for cooking the family a healthy meal-but he has no idea which ingredients to choose or how long the preparation will take. This program follows Jesse as he learns how to plan a well-balanced menu that fits in with a busy lifestyle. The video discusses the functioning of nutrients and their role in wholesome meals; menu-planning and basic items to keep on hand; and the growing trend of relying on convenience foods in today's fast-paced society.
2010; 2013

How the Body Ages [electronic resource]

Asks how and why the body ages. Topics include skin cancer, wrinkles, body composition, loss of strength, height reduction, arthritis, and osteoporosis among others. Differentiates between normal aging processes and diseases associated with aging. Considers the relationship of environment and genetics on the aging process.

Maximizing Physical Potential of Older Adults [electronic resource]

Stresses the importance of diet and exercise in a realistic lifestyle for older people. Indicates sleep patterns changes are a normal part of the aging process but diseases such as diabetes are not. Early detection is seen as the single most important aspect in successful treatment of diseases of aging such as of late-onslaught diabetes, osteoporosis, and cataracts. Warns that older people and their caretakers should be aware of drug interactions, and safety risks and consider the use of assistive devices. Explains why older people are more prone to accidents and stresses the need to assess hazardous risks and provide assistive devices.

The Exercise and Nutrition Connection [electronic resource]

How nutrition and exercise affect a person is determined by many factors. Societal pressures to conform to an ideal body image can lead to dangerous eating disorders and other physical and emotional problems. Having the facts about nutrition and exercise can help prevent problems and assure a healthy approach to diet and fitness. This informative program examines how metabolism and body type can influence the results of an exercise and nutrition regimen. Experts offer tips for healthy nutrition along with basic exercise and fitness goals that work best to provide good physical and emotional health.
2005; 1996

The Silent Hunger [electronic resource]: Anorexia and Bulimia

This program answers two important questions: what are eating disorders, and what causes them? The program specifically examines anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating syndrome. Seven females who have all suffered from eating disorders, the father of a woman who died as a result of her disorder, and health professionals offer their insights and knowledge. These interviews are highlighted by dramatic sequences designed to encourage a greater understanding of the issues and emotions associated with eating disorders.
2006; 1994

Wasting Away [electronic resource]: Anorexia Nervosa

This emotionally charged program profiles four young women attempting to recover from anorexia nervosa. Ranging in age from 14 to 25, they struggle to gain weight while dealing with associated conditions such as osteoporosis and depression, family dysfunctionality, and a mind-set that equates starvation with self-control. Filmed at the adolescent eating disorder unit of Westmead Hospital in Sydney and a private outpatient clinic, the program captures the complexities of a devastating psychological disorder that drives women to continuously lose weight-even if it kills them.
2006; 2000

When Food Is the Enemy [electronic resource]: Eating Disorders

Ranging from the starvation diet of the anorexic to certain forms of obesity, eating disorders are a diverse group of health problems. This program examines the emotional issues that lie behind most eating disorders, the serious and sometimes life-threatening consequences of eating disorders, and methods of treatment. Experts and patients alike offer their insights.
2005; 1996

Wine and Health [electronic resource]

This program focuses on the making of wine, its chemical composition, and its effects on health. It explains the relationships between the process of making wine, the culture of the grapevine, and the taste of wine; illustrates the different steps in the making of champagne, from the vineyards of the French province of Champagne to the underground caves dug in chalk where it is aged; and shows the physiological effects of alcohol on the human body.
2005; 1993

Inside the Pill [electronic resource]: Startling Facts About Dietary Supplements

In this program, ABC News correspondent Arnold Diaz reports on the potential dangers of dietary supplements. Pharmacologist and radio host Joe Graedon; Tod Cooperman, president of; and David Seckman, executive director of the National Nutritional Foods Association, speak out about misleading labeling, the need for governmental regulation, and the popular misperception among consumers that supplements such as chondroitin, SAM-e, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, and St. John's wort are harmless. The bottom line? Herbals have medicinal qualities, so safe use requires that dosage levels and possible interactions with pharmaceuticals be strictly taken into account.
2008; 2000

Life in the Fast Food Lane [electronic resource]

The lunch hour calls most Americans to the drive-thru lane or to the dining area of a well-known fast food restaurant. Knowing what or what not to eat can be very tricky because most menu items are high in fat, calories, and sodium. This video offers tips for making wise fast food choices, including specific ways to cut fat and calories, and steps for adding complex carbohydrates and fiber. It introduces some new lighter foods offered by many fast food chains. It also gives a comparison of leading fast food items: burgers, fries, chicken, pizza, and breakfast foods. An excellent program for those who want to eat a healthy, balanced diet but continue to find themselves trapped in the fast food lane.
2005; 1997

The New Food Pyramid [electronic resource]

When it comes to nutrition today, one size doesn't fit all. That's why the USDA created MyPyramid, a food guidance system that emphasizes a more individualized approach to improving diet and overall physical fitness. After watching this video, your students will have a clear understanding of the food pyramid's history, the six themes incorporated into the MyPyramid system, the main components of MyPyramid, and how people like themselves can make this updated food pyramid a part of their life. Solid information delivered by nutrition experts from Princeton University and elsewhere and supported by onscreen diagrams, lists, and fun facts make The New Food Pyramid an indispensable part of any health-related video collection. Correlates to National Health Education Standards for Achievin [...]

Food Safety [electronic resource]

The simple fact is most food-borne illnesses can be avoided by applying common sense at every meal and snack break. This video illustrates how to shop for the freshest foods, store them wisely, and prepare them correctly. Topics include signs of freshness and contamination; proper storage in the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry; ways to safely thaw frozen foods; how to avoid cross-contamination; the optimal temperatures for cooking meats and poultry; and the right way to store and reheat leftovers. "Use by" and "sell by" dates and what they mean to consumers are also addressed.

Food [electronic resource]

No one wants a burger with a side of salmonella or a taco topped with E. coli, but that's what you can get when food isn't prepared correctly. This video describes common-and serious-food-borne illnesses, how they're spread, and how they can be prevented through careful food handling and proper food preparation. Salmonella, Campylobacter jejuni, Escherichia coli, and shigella are discussed, along with botulism, listeriosis, and viruses like hepatitis A. Tips for selecting safe food at the market and the optimal temperatures for cooking meats and eggs are covered as well.

Kitchen Safety [electronic resource]

The kitchen is a warm and welcoming place, but there are dangers. Make your students aware of them with this video. Using examples and what-if situations, it explains how to safely use and store knives; how to operate small appliances and the stove without accidents; how to prevent bruises, shocks, and burns; and how to put out a fire (and when to simply evacuate and call 911!) The first step to avoiding kitchen catastrophes is awareness.

Battling Eating Disorders [electronic resource]

Anorexia and other eating disorders exert a frightening degree of control over millions of teenagers, especially young women. Manifested in so-called "Pro-Ana" websites, which actively promote anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, the mental and physical grip of these sicknesses can prove impossible to break. This program represents a powerful weapon in the battle against eating disorders, pinpointing their origins in body image and self-esteem issues, illustrating their grim consequences in crystal-clear terms, and offering students, parents, teachers, and counselors a rich source of information and support. Hosted by The Sopranos' Jamie-Lynn Sigler, herself a survivor of teenage anorexia, the video explains how to recognize eating disorders, how friends and loved ones should communi [...]