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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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SleeplessFlag200Forty percent of American adults are sleep deprived, many sleeping less than five hours a night.

And among all people in America, adolescents are the most prone to sleep deprivation.

Lack of sleep increases the risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, depression and mental disorders, substance abuse and traffic accidents.

Keep reading to tune into Sleepless in America, a thought-provoking new documentary about the science of sleep that airs 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central) Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

oldnewThe New York TimesIs age just a number? 

New research suggests a positive mindset could be a fountain of youth. Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health found that older individuals who were subliminally exposed to positive stereotypes about aging (words like “spry” and “creative” flashed on a computer screen) showed improved physical functioning—including balance--that lasted for several weeks.

Keep reading to learn about a remarkable Harvard study and how you can explore the mind-wellness connection when you visit Wellbody Academy

 

shark200Sharks are the oceans' top predators - thanks, in large part, to their enormous and powerful chompers. It's obvious shark teeth are very different from ours. But just how different are they?

Keep reading for unbelievable shark facts that give you something to chew on.

And check out this cool poster: Shark Teeth v. Human Teeth.

Chickpeas roasted200When you’re sugared-out on sticky Halloween sweets, detox with crunchy, savory, roasted chickpeas. Perfect for snacking, with cocktails, in lunchboxes and added to salads, they're high in fiber and protein, low in calories, inexpensive and easy to make--not to mention gluten free, sugar free and dairy free. 

Keep reading for recipes and cool facts about chickpeas a.k.a. garbanzo beans.

Note: If you've tried roasting chickpeas before but they turned out tough and dry--don't give up. We have a roasting secret to share with you along with a recipe for pan-fried chickpeas. 

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Spooky! Sugar may actually shrink your brain, according to research recently published in Neurology that links chronically high levels of blood glucose to a smaller hippocampus.

Horrifying: The average child’s trick-or-treat bag bulges with 4,800 calories, 3 cups of sugar and 1 ½ cups of fat.

So how ‘bout scaring up some non-sugary alternative treats this Halloween?

Pass them out to the kids who come to your door. And encourage your own kids to exchange the candy they’ll inevitably collect for the healthy treats below or perhaps another coveted non-sugar treat (book, game, clothing, etc.) you’ve procured in advance.

Keep reading for a list of fun trick-or-treat alternatives...