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Elementary Science: Health - Chapter Summary
If you're looking for a way to quickly review health topics that are commonly taught in elementary science classes, then you're in the right place. This collection of engaging lessons covers a variety of health, nutrition, fitness and development topics related to the early and middle childhood years. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:
- Define nutrition
- Evaluate the importance of health, safety and nutrition during early childhood
- Outline physical development, health and fitness in middle childhood
- Describe communicable and noncommunicable disease epidemiology
- Identify common childhood diseases
- Recognize the causes of substance use, abuse and dependence
You can work through the chapter at your own pace, and when you finish each lesson, you'll be able to reinforce your understanding of the information by taking a short quiz. You can access these study resources at any time using your computer or mobile device. Revisit the lessons as many times as needed, and feel free to submit questions to our subject-matter experts if you need extra help.
1. What is Nutrition?
Nutrition is the process of taking in nutrients from the foods you eat. Learn about the six nutrients needed for energy, maintenance of tissues and regulation of bodily processes: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, water, vitamins and minerals.
2. Nutrition, Health, and Safety in Early Childhood
As children grow and develop, so do threats to their health. From nutrition and childhood obesity to accidents, this lesson will explore the issues that face children in early childhood and what parents can do to deal with them.
3. Physical Development in Middle Childhood
Between the ages of seven and twelve, children physically grow and change in ways that influence every part of their lives. In this lesson, we'll look at the ways that physical and brain development impact emotional and intellectual abilities.
4. Health and Fitness in Middle Childhood
The United States is facing a crisis of childhood obesity. But how can we fight this epidemic? Watch this video to learn about how children grow in middle childhood and how fitness and nutrition can help with the problem of obesity.
5. Epidemiology of Communicable & Noncommunicable Diseases
Within the field of epidemiology, there are two major classifications of disease: communicable and non-communicable. Today you will learn the differences between these classifications, as well as some examples of each.
6. Common Childhood Diseases
In this lesson, we'll review the signs and symptoms of some of the most common childhood diseases. Although we won't have time to review every childhood disease, we'll go over chickenpox, pink eye, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, pinworms, and gastroenteritis.
7. Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders
Substance use, abuse, and dependence are often confused with each other. In this lesson, we'll look at the differences between the three and common causes of addiction.
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