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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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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.

SeahawkRichardShermanSeahawk cornerback Richard Sherman wears a mouthguard, and it doesn't slow him down a bit. ©Mark SamiaThink about it. Broken bones and pulled muscles heal, but you can’t re-grow missing or damaged teeth. Wearing a mouthguard can be the difference between a healthy smile and a lifetime of dental problems. Keep reading to learn more about mouth guards.

Plus, what to do if your tooth is accidentally knocked out. 

HabitAppTrying to walk 30 minutes daily? Sleep 7+ hours nightly? Meditate? There’s an app for that!

If you’ve embarked on the journey to a healthier you (and who doesn’t want to upgrade life?), you may have already made a S.M.A.R.T goal that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely.

But how to keep with it after the initial enthusiasm wears off? 

For some people, sticking stars on a paper chart – or using an app that’s the digital equivalent – is helpful for motivation and tracking progress. Though the greater goal may be to avoid cancer, diabetes and stroke, the daily satisfaction of giving yourself a star sticker or digital click may be just what you need to get your new habit rolling.

Keep reading for a short list of free habit-tracking apps plus instructions (and .pdf printouts) for good, old-fashioned star charts favored by kids and those who prefer paper.

Please share tips, your favorite habit apps and your progress with us by commenting or emailing professorwellbody@pacsci.org. In thanks for your contribution, we’ll hold a drawing to give away a pair of passes to Wellbody Academy and our other regular exhibits.