Teen Health Course 3

Chapter 19: Noncommunicable Diseases

Student Web Activities - Teacher Content

Lesson 3

  1. "Joints in Motion" is the Arthritis Foundation's athletic training program. Members raise funds and awareness to fight arthritis .

  2. The Arthritis walk is a walk held all across the U.S. during the month of May to raise awareness of and funds to find a cure for arthritis.

  3. Both the Arthritis Foundation (U.S.) and The Multiple Sclerosis Society ( Ireland ) benefit from the Irish America's Cup.

  4. Seventy million Americans suffer from arthritis or chronic joint pain.

Additional Resources for Teachers

Below are some additional organizations that raise money to find a cure for diseases. You might want to have students compare the ways these organizations go about raising money and awareness.

  1. 1. Live Strong:
  2. Relay for Life:
  3. National MS Society:
  4. American Diabetes Association:
  5. American Heart Association:
  6. Asthma and Allergies:
Lesson 5

  1. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes breathing problems, or attacks.

  2. During an asthma attack the cells in the air tubes in the lungs make more mucus. The mucus is thick and sticky, and clogs up the tubes. Air tubes swell, and muscles in the air tubes tighten. These changes cause air tubes to narrow, making it hard to breathe.

  3. Symptoms of asthma include caughing during or after exercise, shortness of breath, wheezing sounds when breathing, and tightness in the chest.

  4. Teens can manage their asthma by understanding factors that cause asthma attacks, including:

  5. a. Allergies to pollens, mold, pets, and other things in your environment
    b. Air pollution such as tobacco smoke, high ozone levels, and traffic fumes
    c. Emotions, including fear, crying, and laughing
    d. Exercise, especially when it leads to overexertion or in cold weather
    e. Household irritants, including dust, cleaning products, and perfume
    f. Illnesses such as a cold or respiratory infection
    g. Medications, including some over-the-counter pain relievers
    h. Weather, particularly wind and cold air

  6. When a person has asthma, it’s important to:

  7. a. Take your asthma seriously.
    b. Take your asthma medicines as directed.
    c. When asthma symptoms don’t improve, get help.
Additional Resources for Teachers

Below are some additional Web sites that offer information on asthma and how to deal with it. You might want to discuss other chronic health conditions that teens might have to deal with such as epilepsy and diabetes. Talk about ways teens who have these conditions can be encouraged to ask for help when they need it.

  1. CDC BAM Disease Detectives
  2. Teen Health:
  3. Palo Alto Medical Foundation:
    http://www.pamf.org/health/healthinfo/index.cfm?section=healthinfo&page=article&sgml_id=hw271348 :
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