B1.1 Keeping healthy
A combination of a balanced diet and regular exercise is needed to help keep the body healthy. Our bodies provide an excellent environment for many microbes which can make us ill once they are inside us. Our bodies need to stop most microbes getting in and deal with any microbes which do get in. Vaccination can be used to prevent infection.
Candidates should use their skills, knowledge and understanding to:
■ evaluate information about the effect of food on health
■ evaluate information about the effect of lifestyle on development of disease
■ analyse and evaluate claims made by slimming programmes, and slimming products.
Suggested ideas for practical work to develop skills and understanding include the following:
■ investigate the effectiveness of various antibiotic discs in killing bacteria
■ growing microorganisms in Petri dishes to demonstrate sterile technique and growing pure cultures
■ the use of pre-inoculated agar in Petri dishes to evaluate the effect of disinfectants and antibiotics
■ computer simulations to model the effect of: balanced and unbalanced diets and exercise; the growth of bacterial colonies in varying conditions; action of the immune system and the effect of antibiotics and vaccines.
Biology B1.1 Quizzes from Footprints science (click here)