BAM! Body and Mind. Classroom Resources for Teachers

BAM! Teacher's Corner


BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them—such as stress and physical fitness—using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features.

BAM! Body and Mind also serves as an aid to teachers, providing them with interactive, educational, and fun activities that are linked to national education standards for science and health set by the National Research Council, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Joint Committee for National School Health Education Standards. Representatives from Association for the Advancement of Health Education; the American Public Health Association; the American School Health Association; the Society of State Directors of Health; Physical Education and Recreation; and the American Cancer Society composed the committee. These standards are used by teachers, teacher educators, and national organizations across the country. In addition, most state departments of education use the science standards in whole or in part to set their state curricula.

Kids’ Website Sections

Students learn about diseases such as SARS with CDC “disease detectives.” This section also features the Immune Platoon, which teaches students how the immune system and vaccines keep the body safe.

Food and Nutrition
Students can get advice about smart food choices and ways to stay powered up for an active life. This section is loaded with delicious recipes and easy-to-grab snack ideas.

Physical Activity
Students can learn about the importance of physical activity and find advice about great ways to stay active. This section features the “I Heard Hurdle Race” quiz. Students can also learn how people with asthma and disabilities can overcome their challenges and rise to the top.

Your Safety
This section provides suggestions on how students can stay safe while being outside and active. Kids are given ways to protect their bodies with proper gear and tips on how to play safely in the water, as well as shield themselves from sun exposure and ticks.

Your Life
This section offers students suggestions on learning how to handle stress, bullying, peer pressure, anger, and more. Features include the Ad Decoder, which help kids uncover the false messages behind ads that target them.

Your Body
This section provides information on how students can take care of their body. Students can get tips on hand washing and oral hygiene. They also learn about puberty and how their genes affect how they look and act as well as their health.