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
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.
Students learn about diseases such as West Nile Virus and
can stalk 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.
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.
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 and a tool for tweens
to create a customized fitness and activity calendar. Students
can also learn how people with asthma and disabilities can
overcome their challenges and rise to the top.
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.
This section offers students suggestions on learning how
to handle stress, bullying, peer pressure, anger, and more.
Features include the Stress-O-Meter quiz and the Ad Decoder,
which help kids uncover the false messages behind ads that
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
BAM! Body and Mind is fully compliant with the requirements
outlined in the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
of 1998 (COPPA) which limits the collection of personal
information of children under the age of 13, as well as
Section 508, which requires Federal agency web sites to
be accessible to people with disabilities.
For more information on these requirements please visit:
CDC is grateful to all of the individuals and groups who
have contributed their time, expertise, and content to BAM!
- Kristen Amundson, M.A., President, KJA Communications
- Steven W. Edwards, Ph.D., Professor, School of
Applied Health and Educational Psychology, University
- Heather Henderson, M.A., Graduate Research Assistant,
Department of Educational Theory and Practice, West Virginia
- Lisa Holland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor—Department
of Chemistry, West Virginia University
- Sally Katt, M.A., President, Osprey Communications
- Rebecca Kittle, M.A., Science Teacher, Taylor
County Middle School
- Susan L. Newell, C.C.S., Certified Fitness Consultant
- Eric J. Pyle, Ph.D., Associate Professor—Department
of Geology and Environmental Science, James Madison University
- Amy Sindler, Graduate Research Assistant, School
of Medicine, West Virginia University
BAM! Body and Mind welcomes your suggestions, comments,
and concerns. Please contact us at:
BAM! Body and Mind
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333