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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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cheesecake200Whether you’re trying to eat healthier or get more shut-eye, science supports the importance of engaging friends and family in behavior change. Recent research shows human social networks have a vital influence on phenomena as diverse as obesity, smoking, emotion, altruism and happiness.

Here’s a fascinating TEDTalk by Dr. Nicholas Christakis of Yale University about how traits can spread from person to person and how your location in a social network might impact your life in ways you don’t realize.

Keep reading to learn about the science of temptation and social networking. Plus, check out free apps that use social networking to help you stay on track with healthy goals.

Christmastea200In this season of gratitude for loved ones, Wellbody Blog brings you Tom Hegg’s A Cup of Christmas Tea, read by Seattle radio legend Larry Nelson. It's a classic tale of a young man’s reluctant visit to an elderly aunt at Christmas-time--and the unexpected joy he finds.

Visit The Loft at Wellbody Academy  to contribute to the Aging Hall of Fame and to map your own support network on Who Do I Turn To...




hibernate200As we head toward the shortest day of the year, it’s cold, damp and dark here on the western edge of the continent, prime season for hibernation. Is a looong nap really a good idea? And how to perk up without resorting to sugar and over-caffeination?

Keep reading for 10 energy-boosting tips. 


Be Sweet Smart this Holiday Season

Holiday treats can be tricky—especially if you want to keep your smile healthy. Fortunately, there’s chocolate. That’s right. Choose chocolate this holiday season and you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and keep it healthy too.

Not only is chocolate delicious, it’s one of the best sweets for your teeth. Chocolate dissolves quickly, which decreases the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth. Plus, the calcium in chocolate helps protect tooth enamel.

Keep reading for more healthy news about chocolate and fantastic recipes. 

©Paula BockStuffy nose? Clogged sinuses? Pesky back-of-the-throat cough that won't go away? Or do you simply need a holiday gift for someone who has everything?

Consider the neti pot. An ancient treatment used in ayurvedic medicine for centuries, nasal irrigation with salt water has been validated by scientific studies to treat many sinonasal conditions.

But you have to do it right. Keep reading for more about the science of nasal irrigation and a few important how-to tips.