Try these activities in your home, at a family reunion, with a group, or at work. Each activity provides an engaging way to learn about traits or better understand disease risk. Just click on the PDF icons to download and print both English and Spanish language versions. Have fun!
INHERITED HUMAN TRAITS: A QUICK REFERENCE
A pictorial reference to several inherited human traits. Both variations (dominant and recessive) of each trait are shown, accompanied by brief descriptions, frequencies and other interesting information.
TRAITS AND TRADITIONS(PDF: 2.5mb)
Can you think of a trait you have inherited? How about a trait that you have acquired by learning or tradition?
Play this memory game with your family or group to discover some common traits and traditions!
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN HEREDITY AND HEALTH
A family health history can provide information about you and your family's risk of developing common chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, cancer and heart disease. These diseases result from the combined effects of multiple genes and environmental factors. Do these activities to learn more!
WHAT'S YOUR FAMILY HEALTH STORY? (PDF: 2.1mb)
PICK THE RISK (PDF: 1.3mb)
Use this guide to gather and record your family health history. Directions for constructing a Health Family Tree are included.
RISK CONTINUUM (PDF: 3.7mb)
Learn how common chronic diseases (such as heart disease) run in families and how risk for developing these diseases is influenced by the combined action of several genes.
Track and record the passage of colored pom poms (representing genes) through three generations of a family. Discover each person's risk for developing heart disease.
What does it mean to be "at risk" for developing a common disease such as heart disease?
Do this active demonstration with a group to learn what it means to be in a "risk group" and how lifestyle choices can modify your risk.
CALCULATING GENETIC RISK
Learn more about how genetics affects one's risk of developing common diseases. Access additional resources for recording your family health history.