This is a list of ideas for learning about (and hopefully promoting) 3D Health. If you have any to add, please don’t hesitate to contact us about them!

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BIOLOGY

  • Possible causes of H1N1 and conditions that might lead to similar viruses in the future
  • Antibiotic resistance in bacteria
  • Animal cloning for food
  • Growing meat or other foods in a lab
  • Genetic modification of plants and animals
    • For pest resistance
    • For drought resistance
    • For altered nutrient content
    • For pharmaceutical drug production

 
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ENGLISH

  • Letter to the editor or other persuasive letter about some health-related topic
    • Need for supermarkets in certain urban neighborhoods
    • “Revolving doors” between agri-business and governmental regulatory or legislative positions
    • Food safety legislation
    • Snack taxes
    • Wellness policy mandates for schools or businesses
    • Off-shore oil drilling
    • Carbon emissions control measures
  • Oral or written report about a health-related book
    • Chew on This (Charles Wilson, Eric Schlosser)
    • The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Michael Pollan)
    • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Barbara Kingsolver)
    • Starting Strength (Mark Rippetoe, Lon Kilgore)
  • News article on an ongoing or possible school wellness effort
    • School garden
    • Walking school bus
    • Vending machine changes
    • Class party food quality
    • Cafeteria food quality
    • In-class (integrated) physical activity programs

 
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FOREIGN LANGUAGES

  • Vocabulary list related to a 3D Health-related topic:
    • Agriculture or cooking
    • Sports or fitness
    • Risky behaviors
    • Environmental challenges
  • Describing a personal or community health experiment
    • Growing, buying, cooking, or eating a new food
    • Playing a new sport
    • Teaching others to play or do something health-related
    • Joining a group activity or inviting someone new to do something with you
  • Describing (or teaching others) how to do some type of physical activity
    • Snowboarding turns or tricks
    • Jumping rope
    • Sprinting
    • Barbell back squat
    • Climbing a rope
  • Describing a health-related activity in some country
    • Spanish cooking
    • Mediterranean diets
    • The Tour de France stage cycling race (training, nutrition, etc.)
  • Production of clothing, food, or other things outside the U.S.
    • “Maquilas” in Central America
    • Cauliflower from South America
    • Bananas from Central America
    • Palm oil production in Brazil
    • Soy production in Paraguay

 
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GENERAL and ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

  • Calculating the energy savings from making one or more “green” change
    • Biking to school 3 days per week
    • Creating a walking school bus program at a school
    • Growing some % of a family’s or cafeteria’s vegetables locally
  • The current health status and trends of a given fishery
  • The Gulf of Mexico’s “Dead Zone”
  • Water quality testing for potability or swim safety (including measuring and swimming?)
  • Links between deforestation, agriculture, and flooding
  • Idea or tip guides:
    • Minimizing your carbon footprint in your town or at your school
    • Minimizing your role in environmental exploitation in your town or at your school
    • Daily steps to minimize your waste stream

 
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HEALTH

  • Journaling and sharing findings for a personal health-related experiment
    • Food (growing, buying, collecting, preparing, eating, etc.)
    • Physical activity (a new sport, progression, coach, etc.)
    • Sleep (different bedtime, body position, mattress, etc.)
    • Other
  • What you learned or found (products, farmer/farm info) at a farmers market
  • Kid- or teen-friendly recipes for snacks, breakfasts, or other meals
    • Trail mix
    • Veggie sticks
    • Nut and nut butter-based snacks and dishes
    • Salads
    • Steamed, grilled, stir-fried, or baked veggies
    • Eggs
    • Smoothies
    • Salad dressings
  • Food safety in the kitchen (in general, or report on your kitchen)
  • Sports compared based on risks or the types of fitness they develop in athletes
  • Preventing ACL (knee) injuries in female athletes
  • Vitamin D status of Americans or people near you
  • Health benefits of eating various kinds of nuts or minimally-processed oils
  • Identifying the role of corn and soy (including ingredients derived from them) in your diet
  • Risks and rewards of different activities in your life (foods, sports, games, toys, devices, etc.)
  • Your habits compared to the 5-2-1-0 recommendation
  • Identifying personal health barriers in your life or the life of someone you know
    • Built environment
    • Knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, habits
    • Access to resources
  • How community and/or environmental health influence your personal health
  • Tracking your fruit or vegetable (or other type of food) intake over some amount of time (like a week)
  • Tracking your physical activity or sleep over some amount of time (like a week)
    • Assessing how one or more of your relationships are impacting you
    • Family member
    • Sport, instrument, or hobby
    • Electronic device
    • Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
  • CSAs and farmers markets in your area (map or table)
  • Physical activity opportunities in your area (gyms, playgrounds, leagues, etc.) (map or table)
  • Addiction or abuse help resources in your area (map or table)
  • Use of the word “natural” in food marketing
  • Trans fat labeling laws
  • Nanoparticles in foods and personal care products
  • Endocrine disruptors in personal care products and plastics
    • Bisphenol A and S
    • Phthalates
  • The safety and effectiveness of Triclosan in anti-bacterial soap ingredient
  • Apparent barriers to community health in your school or town or neighborhood
    • Built environment
    • Knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, habits
    • Access to resources
  • Making health-building resources more available or attractive to members of your community
  • Global or American tobacco marketing strategies
  • Ways different people define “food” and “non-food”
    • Quality considerations
    • Ethics or morals
    • Taste
    • Religious beliefs
    • Traditions and cultural norms
  • Idea or tip sheets:
    • Developing and maintaining integrity
    • Staying mindful (focused on what is happening at the moment)
    • Successfully using (vs. abusing) technologies like cell phones and Facebook
    • Preventing and dealing with stress in 3D Healthy ways
    • Protecting people with food allergies from foods you enjoy
    • Getting enough sleep
    • Self checking in:
      • How am I feeling physically, mentally, or emotionally?
      • Why might I be feeling this way?
      • What might be working and not working?
    • Recovering from hard sports training sessions
    • Finding quality coaching in your area
      • Certified professionals
      • Personal recommendations
    • Preparing food with friends or family members
    • Incorporating vegetables into meals
    • Exercising with friends or family members
    • Recognizing (and ideally replacing) disempowering comments by yourself or others
      • Body image
      • Reading or other academic skill capability or interest
      • Sense of self-worth
      • Generalizations about the world or yourself
  • Perceptions of student smoking or drinking rates compared to actual reported rates
  • Talking to a friend with an apparent eating disorder or addiction
  • Self-checks for people with a potential disorder or addiction
  • Creating a school garden
  • Developing a school recycling or waste reduction program
  • Improving the quality of food sold in school vending machines or snack bars
  • Improving school cafeteria food quality

 
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MATH (calculating and/or graphing changes (usually over time) for something health-related):

  • A fitness indicator like rower power output
  • Blood alcohol content compared to number of drinks consumed and body mass
  • Market share of a food, fitness, or tobacco company
  • Obesity, smoking, drinking, television-watching, Facebooking, or texting rates
  • Heart rate during a workout or other rigorous activity
  • Comparing expenses or time commitments for different sports over time
  • Food miles of items at a store or in a meal
  • Time/money savings calculations for preparing vs. purchasing meals, batch cooking
  • Numbers of grocery and convenience stores in an area or per capita
  • Disease (pick one) incidence, prevalence, or mortality
  • Vitamin D status of people compared to the longitudes at which they live
  • Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” area
  • Greenhouse gas production
  • Lake or ocean pH calculation
  • Deforestation in Asia or South America
  • Erosion or rainfall in different parts of the world
  • The mass or area of ice in the Arctic or Antarctic
  • Fish or other animal population
  • Species or seed diversity

 
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MIXED SUBJECTS (a.k.a. INTERDISCIPLINARY)

  • School garden or farm-to-school success stories
  • Approaches to teaching and/or motivating used by one or more coach or trainer
  • Reflections on helping with a community garden or doing some other volunteer activity
  • Sources of your community’s food (people, companies, farms, etc.)
  • Sources of the food in a school’s cafeteria
  • Farming practices used at a local farm or reflections from volunteering at one
  • Understanding a section of the U.S. Farm Bill
  • The USDA’s and FDA’s roles in nutrition and/or agriculture
  • Existing, pending, or possible legislation related to a health-related topic such as:
    • Food
    • Physical education
    • Physical activity
  • An environmental health-related book (report)
  • The source(s) of food (seafood, meat, other) served at a local restaurant or sold at a local store
  • Lawsuits against oil or pesticide companies in Central or South America
  • “The Story of Stuff” acted out as a play
  • Trying to reduce carbon emissions with regulations, fees/taxes, or cap-and-trade approaches
  • Reflections on doing some volunteer environmental health-related activity
  • The challenge of achieving positive impacts using carbon offsets
  • Emerging alternative energy technologies
  • Volunteer opportunities in your area for promoting 3D Health
  • Idea or tip guides:
    • Minimizing your role in human exploitation in your school or town or neighborhood
    • Consuming in ways that promote 3D Health

 
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Completing and recording performances in one or more exercises from the Fitness Checker worksheet
  • Creating a timed workout (taking things from a list of tasks) and having the class complete it individually or in teams
  • Learning and attempting to teach a movement progression
  • Inviting a guest instructor to introduce a skill
    • Martial arts
    • Gymnastics
    • Olympic weightlifting
    • Power lifting
    • Running
    • Dancing

 
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PHYSICS (calculations of force, work, velocity, acceleration, etc. for various physical exercises):

  • Running vs. walking
  • Jumping straight up 12” vs. 24”
  • Landing on 1 or 2 feet from some jump height
  • A barbell in Olympic weightlifting
  • A luge sled
  • Usain Bolt running 100 meters vs. Michael Phelps swimming 100 meters

 
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SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Map of a meal or outfit – where in your town, state, country, or the world it is from (including where grown, produced, assembled, etc.)
  • Personal reflections on the physical demands of some historical event (e.g., charging an accurate distance across a field as in Pickett’s Charge)
  • The story of a meal or outfit based on where things are from (bit of info about each place)