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At Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness, we understand there's only one thing harder than making healthy behavior changes: Sticking to them! We all need a little help from our friends, and that's the purpose of the Wellbody Blog, a friendly online gathering spot--a community well--where you can dip into health news; wellness tips; recipes; latest research about nutrition, exercise, sleep and hygiene; plus, real stories from virtual neighbors who are also trying to change their lives for the better. Start from wherever you are; share ideas, information, inspiration. At Pacific Science Center, we believe each of us can do something everyday to improve our health and well-being.

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fistbumpPhoto by Corey Menscher

Turns out a firm, warm handshake is more than a cordial power greeting. It’s a vector for germs. In one recent experiment, handshakes transferred an average 124 million units of E.coli. 

What to do?

In our handshake culture, a simple smile seems inadequate and standoffish; a waggly finger wave is odd; a brisk nod could easily be misinterpreted as rude. Touching elbows? Beyond awkward.

So consider the fist bump. Infectious disease experts advocate this charismatic ritual greeting because it spreads 1/20th the germs of a traditional handshake and is ten times as hygienic as a high-five, according to research recently published in the American Journal of Infection Control.  Keep reading to learn why and see a cool science video on fist bumps featuring celebrities and cute animals.

jogging5minGood news for the time-challenged and exercise-averse. A new, comprehensive study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running just five minutes per day reduced risk of premature death by 30 percent and added three years to life expectancy. Sound too good to be true? Keep reading for more details.

smelt2Why not try smelts? They're tasty, affordable, packed with heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, high in calcium and vitamin D (good for bones, teeth and muscle contractions) and B vitamins that help convert food into the type of energy needed for healthy blood, skin, hair and neuromuscular control. The small fish, which swim near the bottom of the food chain, are also low in mercury, calories and unhealthy fats.

Bonus? Smelts in season are sustainable and affordable, less than half the cost of wild salmon. In the Seattle area, summer prices for local smelt run from $3 - $5 per pound. Not sure how to cook them? Keep reading for easy recipes.

sunset200Here in the Northwest, long summer days + lingering light = bedtime creep. If your kids have been staying up later and later, keep reading for 10 ways to help them get a healthy night’s sleep.

scale200Why is America getting fatter? 

It’s not because we’re eating more, but because we’re exercising less, according to new research from Stanford University School of Medicine. Especially women ages 18 - 39.

Keep reading to find out what’s behind the trend and how to overcome barriers to exercise. Plus, five terrific one-song workouts with soundtracks by Macklemore and Kanye West.