9 Essential Health and Nutrition Resources for Students

June 06, 2014
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Out-of-School Learning, Parents and Families, Students

In keeping with this month's theme of Wellness and SEL (Social & Emotional Learning), our Top Picks List for this Friday features health and nutrition resources for students. These health- and nutrition-focused apps, games, and websites give kids the straight facts on a host of essential -- and sometimes taboo -- topics about their bodies.

To see the most updated version of this list as well as the rating of each app, game, or website, visit the Top Picks List: 


Leapfrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney Doc McStuffins
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Disney Doc McStuffins invites kids into fellow preschooler Doc McStuffins' "office." They then head out with Rescue Rhonda (a helicopter) on a mission to find hurt toys. As Rhonda flies, kids tap toys and other objects. When they return to the office, Doc asks kids to choose one of three tools to use to diagnose the toys. Each tool has a specific activity attached to it. Read full review.

Fizzy's Lunch Lab
Fizzy's Lunch Lab is a dynamic site from PBS where kids can watch videos that address many aspects of healthy eating and extend their learning by playing games, listening to music, designing their own kitchens, and trying new recipes. Fizzy and his crew make it fun to be healthy. Read full review.

ZisBoomBah offers kids a variety of interactive nutrition-related information and meal-planning tools. The site's main feature is the game Pick Chow, in which kids create a meal that satisfies their nutritional needs -- which includes choosing the right amounts of protein, carbohydrates, vegetables, etc., without too much salt, sugar, or saturated fat. Read full review.

Center for Young Women's Health
Teen and tween girls get quality health info at the Center for Young Women's Health, a website sponsored by Boston Children's Hospital. Articles, arranged alphabetically and by topic, are available in English and Spanish. Quizzes address such topics as "Are you ready for sex?" and "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Quiz." Read full review.

POX: Save the People
POX: Save the People is an engrossing way to help middle and high school students learn about infectious diseases and the importance of vaccination, while practicing their strategy skills. Even though people are represented by game pieces that don't look realistic, there's an eerie feel to gameplay, perhaps increased by the sad background music (which can be turned off), that makes the decisions and results feel important, urgent, and dire. Read full review.

Young Men's Health
Young Men's Health provides researched health information for boys and young men. Produced by the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, the site is divided into sections that include a featured article, a blog, health guides, and an Ask Us page. Read full review.

Sex, Etc.
Sex, Etc. is a sex education site written "by teens for teens" that's home to real stories about kids' lives. Its backbone is the Sex Ed Info Center and its cleverly designed navigation system, which lets kids search by topic and filter by media type. Topics include Birth Control, Your Body, and Sex and Relationships, as well as HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ. Read full review.

Solve the Outbreak
Solving mysteries is engaging, and saving lives is rewarding. In Solve the Outbreak, kids get to do both. When kids tap one of 12 realistic outbreak scenarios -- each with its own clever title -- a box pops up with such pertinent data as the number of people sick, hospitalizations, deaths, and location. Kids tap the Start button to access a brief overview of the mission. Read full review.

Go Ask Alice?
Remember Go Ask Alice? It's back for the younger set -- and has been for 20 years. Administered by Columbia University health providers, researchers, and writers, the website answers user-submitted questions on such topics as alcohol, emotions, nutrition, relationships, and sex. Teens also can read the vast library of past questions and answers or take quizzes on health-related subjects. Read full review.


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