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Fitness, Exercise and Health WebQuest




Mrs. Duke's Middle School Health Education class
in cooperation with Mrs. Cummings - Library

Introduction

We have all heard there are benefits to regular exercise. Our media tells us that there are significant health benefits when you exercise and are fit, such as lower blood pressure or reduced cancer risk. It has been reported that with regular exercise your quality of life is better as well as an increase of life span. We want to take a look at specific health benefits of this lifestyle.

Task

There is an abundance of information out there about fitness, exercise, and your health. There are programs and gadgets that people sell to help you get and stay fit. Many companies and individuals lay out specific workouts that are designed to help people stay fit and healthy. Many of these same companies and individuals along with media and people within the medical community claim there are reduced risk factors for many diseases and promote exercise as a way to increase life span. Can this really be true? You will gather and evaluate information from the resources provided. You will write a paper providing information on what type of exercise is beneficial and how much. You will also provide information on the health benefits of exercise and fitness such as reduced risk of certain forms of cancer or benefits of weight loss.

Resources

The resources are listed below in the form of on-line articles, video clips, RSS feeds, online-magazines, and books.

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On-Line Articles

Health Benefit- Reduce Risk - Mental Health
http://heartdisease.about.com/od/exerciseandheartdisease/a/The-Benefits-Of-Exercise.htm
http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/take_care/exercise_wise.html#
http://www.ivillage.com/exercise-might-benefit-some-heart-failure/4-a-111357
http://heartdisease.about.com/od/exerciseandheartdisease/a/Heart-Healthy-Exercise-Guidelines.htm
http://www.ivillage.com/best-fight-cancer-new-guidelines-urge-exercise/4-a-296654
http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/news/News/study-shows-regular-exercise-benefits-prostate-cancer-survivors
http://news.health.com/2009/09/04/exercise-may-help-maintain-weight-loss/
http://ezinearticles.com/?Do-You-Know-the-Benefits-of-Regular-Exercise?&id=1324966
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=118221

How much? How often? Cardio vs Strength Training
http://www.weightlossweapons.com/blog/exercise/how-many-days-should-you-exercise-per-week/
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/cardio-vs-strength-training-workouts
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/AN01713
http://heartdisease.about.com/cs/exercise/a/enoughexercise.htm
http://www.healthfinder.gov/prevention/ViewTopic.aspx?topicID=22&cnt=1&areaID=0
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/20/AR2007042001772.html
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/aerobic-exercise/AN01947

Video Clips
http://www.videojug.com/expertanswer/starting-an-exercise-routine-2/how-much-exercise-should-i-get-each-day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7Y_vAZ5zDo
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2011/02/01/exercise.and.memory.cnn?iref=videosearch
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2010/12/29/hm.womens.health.cnn?iref=videosearch
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2010/06/16/hm.fitness.walking.cnn?iref=videosearch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2QwOlvvjtk
http://www.5min.com/Video/Learn-about-the-Health-Benefits-Of-Exercise-194068694
http://www.5min.com/Video/How-Much-Exercise-do-you-Need-234119559
http://www.articlesbase.com/videos/5min/155853812
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWegOBmINso

RSS feeds
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3034511
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http://www.health.com/health
http://www.acefitness.org/rss/default.aspx
http://www.weightlossrss.net/?p=20

Magazines (many articles can be accessed online)
http://www.self.com/
http://www.shape.com/
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/
http://www.prevention.com/health/
http://www.muscleandfitness.com/
http://www.menshealth.com/
http://www.mensfitness.com/

Books
Exercise books are located in section 613 of the Library
The Exercise Health Connection (1998) by David Nieman
The Benefits of Exercise on the Human Body (2004) by Clint C. Chalk
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (2008) by John J. Ratey
Exercise (1998) by Annette Spence

Process


I will guide you through this process by asking you a series of question listed below. In a 2-3 page paper using the rubric provided, which was completed in cooperation with the Health Education teacher, you will answer these questions using the on-line articles, video clips, magazines you can access on-line, RSS feeds that come directly to you, and suggested books that may help as well. The papers will be reviewed by your Health Education teacher and me. Please feel free to do some research on your own if you want to use some other references. You should back up your answers from the resources provided and other information you have gathered. Please make sure your sources are cited using MLA format.

Articles pertaining to: How much? How often? Cardio vs Strength Training
What type of exercise we should do? (aerobic, strength training, or other)
Are these types of exercise beneficial no matter gender or does one gender benefit more?
How much exercise should we get and how often should we exercise?(be specific as to minutes/day/week/month)
What is the duration(aerobic) or number of times(strength training) we should perform each exercise?

Articles pertaining to: Health Benefit - Reduce Risk - Mental Health
What are the specific health benefits from exercising and being fit?( details please)
How can being fit increase it life span? women_exercising.jpg
Is there a reduction in risk for certain diseases? (be specific)
What are some other benefits of being fit and exercising? (give me details)
What are some of the benefits to mental and emotional health?
Why is weight loss an important benefit in reducing the risk of many diseases?

Evaluation


You will be evaluated according to the rubric below. The highest possible score being 100 points.

Category
20
15
10
5
Organization
Information is very
organized with
well-constructed
paragraphs and
subheadings.
Information is
organized with
well-constructed
paragraphs.
Information is organized,
but paragraphs are
not well-constructed.
The information appears
to be disorganized.
Amount of
Information
All topics are
addressed and
all questions
answered with
at least 2
sentences about
each.
All topics are addressed
and most questions
answered with at least
2 sentences about each.
All topics are addressed,
and most questions
answered with 1
sentence about each.
One or more topics
were not addressed.
Quality of
Information
Information clearly
relates to the main
topic. It includes
several supporting
details and/or examples.
Information clearly
relates to the main
topic. It provides
1-2 supporting
details and/or examples.
Information clearly
relates to the main
topic. No details and/or
examples are given.
Information has little
or nothing to do with
the main topic.
Mechanics
No grammatical,
spelling, or
punctuation errors.
Almost no grammatical,
spelling, or punctuation
errors.
A few grammatical
spelling, or punctuation
errors.
Many grammatical,
spelling, or punctuation
errors.
Citations
All works and
images are cited
properly using MLA format.
Most works and images
are cited properly using
MLA format.
Some works and images,
but not all are cited properly
or some citations are incorrect.
Most work is not
cited properly or
omitted completely.

Citations

Running couple
"Recreation." Dobson Ranch. TOPS Software, 2011. Web. 24 Apr. 2011.

Treadmill couple, strength training man and women exercising
"Free Exercise Clipart." Clipart for Free. Blogspot, 4 Sept. 2008. Web. 24 Apr. 2011.