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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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Small changes make a difference. SafeRoutesEven 10 minutes of extra activity every day add up to better health for kids, according to a recent study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Why do 10 extra minutes matter? And how to squeeze them in? 

 

 

Photo in Highline School District from video produced by Communities Putting Prevention to Work; Public Health-Seattle & King County; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Ha! Nearly 80 percent of parents admit they delve into their child’s Halloween candy stash. And that’s not even counting the parents who don’t 'fess up—or the ones who stock up on bags of treats weeks before Oct. 31 and can’t resist snacking.Tip 3 Tooth Fairy

While it’s OK for you and your kids to indulge a sweet tooth every now and then, it’s important to realize some treats can harm teeth more than others.

This Halloween, keep your mouth healthy and your sweet-tooth satisfied with the following tips from Delta Dental of Washington:

Check out these pdf31 tips formulated by the Environmental Protection Agency in honor of Children's Health Month and download a cool poster with a day-by-day check list of health-and-safety basics. It's the kind of stuff we all mean to do -- safely storing household cleaners, eliminating asthma triggers, for example -- but sometimes don't get around to.                        

How many tips can you follow in 31 days?

CHM poster

 

 

 

Meet Dina Popovkina, a 24-year-old graduate student who researches neurobiology and behavior at the University of Washington. dina popovkina smIn The Studio's current Mind and Machines exhibit within Wellbody Academy, Dina talks about how her early ambitions to become an astronaut were squelched when she realized she got sick riding rollercoasters. She shared with Wellbody Blog how she found her way as a woman in science on her journey from the Ukraine to the UW. And she explains her research about how the brain comprehends visual information.

I didn’t always want to be an astronaut. What drew me to it was exploring, finding out something new, something that had never been done before.

I came to the United States when I was about 12 from Ukraine. Here, the science education is really great, and there’s opportunity. In Ukraine, there are a lot of girls who were interested in learning languages and being involved in science, but there aren’t many opportunities for them.

At Wellbody Academy, we are huge fans of 10-year-old Amber Kelley of Woodinville, WA who shares her message, "Being healthy is COOL!" through free online cooking videos and healthy recipes.AmberKelley Her on-screen persona charms grown-ups and young children without being an overly sweet turn-off for other tweens. And she has terrific recipes: Green smoothies, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, healthy sleepover snacks, roasted veggies with quinoa, potluck hummus with secret NON-ingredient...