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Apoptosis and Disease

Activity Summary
This lesson starts with a brief introductory PowerPoint over the cell cycle and apoptosis. Afterwards, students will be asked a series of questions about their individual lifestyle choices (i.e. tanning frequency). As we work through the activity, we will discuss how each lifestyle choice can negatively impacts future health. For each negative lifestyle choice students partake in, they will “lose cells” or color in bubbles on a square of bubble wrap. After answering all the questions, students will count their number of colored bubbles to determine their risk factor for future health and wellness.

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Learning Objectives
1. Describe apoptosis
2. List three negative lifestyle choices
3. Explain how negative lifestyle choices causes disease

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cell cycle, cardiovascular disease, and cancer

Last updated: 4/20/2022