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Ch 26: Health Issues & Concerns - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum

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The health issues and concerns unit of this Middle School Life Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about issues that plague human health. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our Middle School Life Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about human health problems. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the concerns and issues that affect a human's wellbeing. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the human immune system, viruses, soluble fiber, carbohydrates and tobacco.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a life science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a health issues and concerns unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Health Issues and Concerns Unit Objectives:

  • Get an overview of the most common health problems that Americans face.
  • Discover how the human immune system operates.
  • Learn the structure and function of viruses.
  • Read some of the ways diseases are prevented, such as via vaccination.
  • Compare disease vs. infection.
  • Review the health risks associated with tobacco use.
  • Understand the dietary needs of simple and complex carbohydrates.
  • Learn the basics of soluble and insoluble fiber.
  • Explore the importance of amino acids and proteins.
  • Receive a breakdown of saturated, polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats.
  • Understand minerals and how they're used in the body and in food.
  • Examine the food pyramid chart and how to make nutritional food choices.
  • Read about the benefits of physical exercise, including its impact on mental health and stress.
  • Define anorexia nervosa and receive treatment options.
  • See symptoms of bulimia nervosa and how this condition can be treated.
  • Discover the types of environmental health and common sources of environmental hazards.

7 Lessons in Chapter 26: Health Issues & Concerns - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum
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Major Health Problems in the United States

1. Major Health Problems in the United States

Ever wonder what the most common health-related problems are in the United States? You're about to find out what they are and how some of them are related.

What Are Viruses? - Definition, Structure & Function

2. What Are Viruses? - Definition, Structure & Function

In this lesson, you'll learn some historical facts about viruses and the material they are composed of. Find out more as we review the capsid, nucleic acids, the viral envelope, viruses, virions, bacteriophages and virology.

Disease Control & Prevention

3. Disease Control & Prevention

This lesson will discuss the many different ways by which people can control disease. Everything from vaccination to sterilization and beyond will be mentioned so that you can better appreciate the large arsenal of tools at our disposal.

The Differences Between Infection and Disease

4. The Differences Between Infection and Disease

This lesson will go over the differences between an infection and a disease. We'll cover everything from prions and infectivity to opportunistic infections and idiopathic disease. We'll also learn what the etiology of disease is and much more.

What is Anorexia Nervosa? - Definition, Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis

5. What is Anorexia Nervosa? - Definition, Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis

This lesson explores what anorexia nervosa is and why it is so dangerous. It covers common symptoms seen in children who may develop anorexia as well as what anorexia will do to those who suffer from it.

What is Bulimia Nervosa? - Definition, Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis

6. What is Bulimia Nervosa? - Definition, Symptoms, Treatment and Prognosis

This lesson explores bulimia as well as challenges many common misconceptions of bulimia. Specifically, this lesson describes the diagnostic requirements, the subtypes, and the treatments known to help with bulimia.

What Is Environmental Health? Definition, Types & Sources

7. What Is Environmental Health? Definition, Types & Sources

In this video lesson, you will learn about environmental health. You will also learn about threats to environmental health and how to distinguish between different categories of environmental hazards.

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