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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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RWBchipsThis July 4, celebrate America’s birthday with delicious red, white and blue recipes that get their colors—and heart healthy, cancer-fighting powers—from natural antioxidants rather than artificial dyes.

Start the party with blue tortilla chips topped with sliced mozzarella and diced red tomato. Free of sugar, gluten and chemical additives, this patriotic snack gets snap from high-fiber corn tortilla chips, creaminess from low-fat cheese, and sweet tartness from ripe tomatoes. Spritz with fresh lemon juice for added tang and vitamin C. You can substitute low-fat feta, ricotta, cottage cheese or cream cheese for the mozzarella. 

Photo: Crystal ClarityPhoto: Crystal ClarityOur ever popular Red, White & Blueberry flag, an edible art project, is a terrific assemble-ahead dessert to make with kids. Stack raspberries, blueberries and banana slices on skewers for a treat filled with fiber, vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants including ellagic acid, a known cancer fighter.

Keep reading for more fabulous red, white & blue recipes!

Problem: Many of us are fat, at risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer and, worse yet, don’t eat the very fruits and vegetables that could help prevent those chronic killer diseases.

Solution: Hype broccoli.

Problem:We are blah about broccoli.

broccoliSolution: Assign the creative geniuses behind Coca-Cola’s “Smile Back” campaign to re-brand broccoli. Could slick veggie marketing (rather than farmer’s markets) be the key to better national nutrition and improved public health?

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...


Did you know that a whopping 48 percent of all adult eating happens BETWEEN meals?

UWSNACKINGUW students chat about snack choices - Hartman Food Broadcasting

What are we munching, where, why and how much does it cost? In this on-campus video clip by Hartman Studios, University of Washington students share their snack fantasies, tips on buying and packing snacks and economical places to shop for snack supplies.


Visit Wellbody Academy’s Cafedium to use the Customized Calorie Budgetizer. It will help you calculate a balance between the calories you eat and drink (including snacks) and the calories you expend during daily activities.

Stay tuned to Wellbody Blog  for a jazzy demo about packing healthy snack-to-go boxes for students (or anybody!) on the move. 

If these warm spring afternoons are making you crave a sweet, cool, thirst quencher, think twice—especially when it comes to sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices.Soda canHuffington Post

A new study of 27,000 people in eight European countries found that those who drank a 12-ounce sugar-sweetened soda daily were 18 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes over a 16-year span compared with those who didn't. The research controlled for diabetes risk factors including age, exercise, body mass index (BMI) and total calorie intake. The findings validate earlier studies in the U.S. that found daily soda consumption upped the risk for Type 2 diabetes by 25 percent.

The research stopped short of proving that drinking soda causes Type 2 diabetes, instead showing an association. Researchers say other factors, such as the blood-sugar spike people experience when they drink soda, may play a role. (Read excellent summaries of the European soda study on Huffington Post and in TIME.)

Diabetes isn't the only dangerous disease linked to sugar-sweetened beverages. Several recent studies have also connected sugary drinks to heart disease, cancer, and, of course, obesity. In March, new research presented at an American Heart Association scientific session linked an alarming 180,000 deaths to sugar-sweetened drinks including 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 heart disease deaths and 6,000 cancer deaths.

In the U.S., 25,000 deaths each year are associated with sugar-sweetened drinks. Low- and middle-income countries were hit hardest with deaths linked to overconsumption of sugary beverages.

Globally, here's how the deaths were distributed.
• The most diabetes deaths, 38,000, related to sugary beverages occurred in Latin America and the Caribbean
• East and Central Eurasia recorded the most heart disease-related deaths at 11,000.
• Mexico, which had the highest per-capita consumption of sugary drinks, also had the highest death rate due to sugared beverages at 318 deaths per million adults.
• Japan, had the lowest per-capita consumption of sugary drinks, and also enjoyed the lowest death rate due to the drinks at 10 deaths per million adults.

The American Heart Association recommends adults consume no more than 450 calories per week from sugar-sweetened beverages. Overall, the American Heart Association recommends women have no more than six added teaspoons of sugar a day and men no more than nine teaspoons a day. The Heart Association offers tips to help you make better lifestyle choices and eat healthier.

Visit Wellbody Academy's Cafedium to ride the Sugarburners exercise bike and turn the hand-powered crank to experience for yourself just how long it takes to burn off the 136 calories in a 12-ounce soft drink.

And stay tuned to the Wellbody Blog for refreshing recipe alternatives to sugar-laden beverages.