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Crossword puzzles on health related issues for the middle school including information on each health related issue.

Text of Healthy Crossword Puzzles

Healthy Crossword Puzzles Extracted from and Adapted by Ms. LoPi

KEEPING A HEALTHY SMILE * CHARACTER VALUES * HEALTHY LIVING * PERSONAL HYGIENE * YOUR FOOD & YOU * HEALTHY FOODS * HEALTHY HABITS REVIEW * HEALTHY NUTRITION * JUST SAY NO * ANGER MANAGEMENT * STRESS MANAGEMENTWhat Causes Bad Breath? 5 Ways To Get Your 5 A Day Is It Right Or Wrong? Be A Fit Kid Eat And Drink Good Stuff Why People Take Drugs Or Alcohol Five-Step Approach to Managing Anger Hygiene Basics Eating Well While Eating Out Keep Stress Under Control 5 Ways to Reach (& Maintain) a Healthy Weight

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Across Clues 2. food particles. needs to be brushed and flossed away 4. causes cavities and always present in the mouth 5. help to floss teeth with braces 7. should be done in a c-shape form

Down Clues 1. is in mouth rinse and in most water systems. help keep teeth strong 3. should be done at a 45 degree angle 6. if not brushed off can lead to decay

What Causes Bad Breath?If you're concerned about bad breath, make sure you're taking care of your teeth and mouth properly. Some sugar-free gums and mints temporarily mask odors. Bad breath, or halitosis, can be a major problem, especially when you're about to snuggle with your sweetie or whisper a joke to your friend. The good news is that bad breath can often be prevented with some simple steps.

Bad breath is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grow in the mouth. When you don't brush and floss regularly, bacteria accumulate on the bits of food left in your mouth and between your teeth. The sulfur compounds released by these bacteria make your breath smell.

Certain foods, especially ones like garlic and onions that contain pungent oils, can contribute to bad breath because the oils are carried to your lungs and out through your mouth. Smoking is also a major cause of bad breath.

There are lots of myths about taking care of bad breath. Here are three things you may have heard about bad breath that are not true:

Myth #1: Mouthwash will make bad breath go away.Mouthwash only gets rid of bad breath temporarily. If you do use mouthwash, look for an antiseptic (kills the germs that cause bad breath) and plaque-reducing one with a seal from the American Dental Association (ADA). When you're deciding which dental products to toss into your shopping cart, it's always a good idea to look for those that are accepted by the ADA. Also, ask your dentist for recommendations.

Myth #2: As long as you brush your teeth, you shouldn't have bad breath.The truth is that most people only brush their teeth for 30 to 45 seconds, which just doesn't cut it. To sufficiently clean all the surfaces of your teeth, you should brush for at least 2 minutes at least twice a day. Remember to brush your tongue, too bacteria love to hang out there. It's equally important to floss because brushing alone won't remove harmful plaque and food particles that become stuck between your teeth and gums.

Myth #3: If you breathe into your hand, you'll know when you have bad breath.Wrong! When you breathe, you don't use your throat the same way you do when you talk. When you talk, you tend to bring out the odors from the back of your mouth (where bad breath originates), which simply breathing doesn't do. Also, because we tend to get used to our own smells, it's hard for a person to tell if he or she has bad breath.

If you're concerned about bad breath, make sure you're taking care of your teeth and mouth properly. Some sugar-free gums and mints can temporarily mask odors, too.

If you brush and floss properly and visit your dentist for regular cleanings, but your bad breath persists, you may have a medical problem like sinusitis or gum disease. Call your doctor or dentist if you suspect a problem. They can figure out if something else is behind your bad breath and help you take care of it.


Across Clues 2. quality of your character; how you act when no one's looking 4. understanding of emotional state, feeling someones pain 5. power to make up your own mind on how to act 6. should be a natural response, concern for a harmonious relationship with society 7. training that one gives themselves to accomplish a task 8. recognizing anothers state of mind or emotion, walking a mile in their shoes

Down Clues 1. reliability or dependability 3. commitment to hard work; endurance

IS IT RIGHT OR WRONG?As you grow older, you'll be faced with some challenging decisions. Some don't have a clear right or wrong answer. Making decisions on your own is hard enough, but when other people get involved and try to pressure you one way or another it can be even harder. People who are your age, like your classmates, are called peers. When they try to influence how you act, to get you to do something, it's called peer pressure. Let's talk about how to handle it.

Peers influence your life, even if you don't realize it, just by spending time with you. You learn from them, and they learn from you. It's only human nature to listen to and learn from other people in your age group. Peers can have a positive influence on each other. Sometimes peers influence each other in negative ways.

Some kids give in to peer pressure because they want to be liked, to fit in, or because they worry that other kids may make fun of them if they don't go along with the group. Others may go along because they are curious to try something new that others are doing. The idea that "everyone's doing it" may influence some kids to leave their better judgment, or their common sense, behind.

It is tough to be the only one who says "no" to peer pressure, but you can do it. Paying attention to your own feelings and beliefs about what is right and wrong can help you know the right thing to do. Inner strength and self-confidence can help you stand firm, walk away, and resist doing something when you know better.

It can really help to have at least one other peer, or friend, who is willing to say "no," too. This takes a lot of the power out of peer pressure and makes it much easier to resist. It's great to have friends with values similar to yours who will back you up when you don't want to do something.

You've probably had a parent or teacher advise you to "choose your friends wisely." Peer pressure is a big reason why they say this. If you choose friends who don't use drugs, cut class, smoke cigarettes, or lie to their parents, then you won't do these things either, even if other kids do. Try to help a friend who's having trouble resisting peer pressure. It can be powerful for one kid to join another by simply saying, "I'm with you - let's go."

Peer pressure is not always a bad thing. For example, positive peer pressure can be used to pressure bullies into acting better toward other kids. If enough kids get together, peers can pressure each other into doing what's right!


Across Clues 1. if we eat well and exercise we will be considered---3. Oranges and apples are types of ------? 4. A person who eats only food of plant origin 7. we need water to stay-------? 8. this helps move food through the digestive tract 9. Process by which body breaks down food 10. helps in the growth and repair of the muscle tissues 12. When food is labeled unsweetened it has no added -----?

Down Clues 2. Healthy living involves keeping -- (moving about) 5. Substances in food needed for growth, repair and energy 6. Remove wastes and toxins from the body 11. Fish is rich in this fatty acid -3

EAT AND DRINK GOOD STUFFThough they have a bad reputation among some kids, vegetables can be delicious. The trick to eating more of them is to try different types prepared in different ways. Don't like green beans? Have you had them drizzled with lemon butter or topped with crunchy almonds? Would you like to dip one in ketchup? Go ahead and try it.

Some kids find it easier to fit in some fruit, but many still aren't having enough. If you'd like to boost fruit in your diet, try to find a new one to like. Cruise the grocery store or go to a farmer's market with your mom or dad. What looks good to you? Just ask your mom or dad to buy one. If you like it, you can buy more next time. For fruit that's easier to eat, check out prepackaged fruits at the store. That's an easy way to buy a single serving of a fruit and it's sealed tight so you can toss it in your backpack or lunchbox.

Why are grown-ups always pushing the fruits and veggies? Because they contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber all of which keep you healthy and growing just the way you should. Did you eat any fruits and vegetables today? If so, how many?

Breakfast is good for everyone. After a long night of snoozing, your body needs some fuel to start the day.

Kids aren't just deciding what to eat; they're choosing drinks, too. Drinks count, just like food, so it's important to choose the best ones. Water and milk are the best drinks for kids and lots of kids choose them.

Other kids choose sports drinks, soda, pop, or a fruit-flavored drink. These can be once-in-a-while drinks, but they're not good for every day. Why? They have a lot of sugar, which means a lot of calories. Remember, water has 0 calories! These sweet drinks also may lack the vitamins and minerals found in milk and 100% juice.

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