Debate: Should Football Be Banned?
• Watch the 6-minute CBS news interview with Chris Borland, an NFL rookie linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers who walked away from a career—and a paycheck—that most people can only dream of. Borland retired after one year in the pros due to his concern over the long-term effects of sustaining concussions on the job:
• PBS’s Frontline has an online documentary called League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis, a “Concussion Tracker,” and a current list of articles that cover the most relevant news on the topic of head injuries in the NFL:
• To show your students an example of a sports conference, watch a few minutes of the U.S. Women’s World Cup victory press conference with soccer star Carli Lloyd and coach Jill Ellis:
• If students are interested in more information on press conferences for the debate activity, download this handy PDF which covers how to prepare for and hold a press conferences from start to finish:
Can You Spot the Label Liars?
• The FDA has a page on their website called “How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Label,” including a section titled “Label Claims” that can aid in understanding what we should all be on the lookout for:
• The American Heart Association has a cool graphic that breaks down the nutrition label into five sections to help people get the most out of the information there:
• The American Heart Association also has a page that can help people understand how to deal with ingredient lists that are often packed with impossible to understand terms:
Who Rules Your School?
• A researcher at Stanford looked into the question of why cliques thrive at some schools and not others. Check out the analysis and results of that study here:
• Visit Aija Mayrock’s website to learn more about her and what led her to write her book The Survival Guide to Bullying:
• There’s an interesting article on Forbes.com called “How to Deal with Cliques at Work.” Maybe it’s true what they say—high school never ends!
Get Organized in 5
• Watch the intro video for the organizational app Wunderlist with your students here, to see if it might be something they’d want to try out:
And get more info on the app on its site:
• Watch the Google Calendar app intro and get more info about it here.
“My Dog Could Save My Life”
• Watch a 12-minute documentary about Grace and her diabetic alert dog Jackie, which was an official Sundance Film Festival selection this year. You can also donate to her charity bike ride to help her raise money for JDRF, an organization that is working on developing an artificial pancreas for those living with type 1 diabetes:
• Visit JDRF.org to learn more about type 1 diabetes and the research that’s being done to make the disease easier to live with:
• Learn more about how people train medical alert dogs and how the dogs save lives every day here:
Yes, THIS is a Workout
• If any of your students are interested in finding out more about hula hooping as exercise, send them to:
• Check out the story behind the traveling youth-only circus that Lola performs with here:
• And don’t forget to get the rest of the “Ease into Running” calendar here:
Choices Changemakers: The Cafeteria Crusader
• The documentary Lunch Hour takes a close look at America’s national school lunch program and finds it wanting. Watch the trailer and learn more about the film here:
• Read a revealing interview with James Costa, the filmmaker behind Lunch Hour, about what motivated him to make the movie here:
• And check out Marshall Metro High School’s award-winning recipe here: