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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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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.

BoaEstebanOne of our boa constrictors, Esteban, has embarked on a new exercise regimen despite and because of arthritis.

Naturally, our ache-y snake is not crazy about working out with a sore back (talk about a looooong stack of creaky vertebrae!), but SlitherFit has definitely helped his strength, flexibility and stamina.

Keep reading to learn more about Esteban’s arthritis treatment,  watch a video of our boa constrictors' out-of-cage strengthening and conditioning routine, and learn important reasons why humans with disabilities or injuries should exercise. 

playground200A New Zealand school tossed its playground rules and let students risk injury climbing tall trees and improvising their own games from construction debris.

A U.S. nonprofit revived recess in low-income communities by involving kids in active, cooperative games using inexpensive balls, jump ropes, hula hoops and coaches to help orchestrate safe, organized play.

Each of these decidedly different approaches appears to have resulted in more active students, better focus during class and less bullying. Learn more about the two strategies and share your thoughts about recess, play and risk.

Last10years200How will you live the last decade of your life? Will you be pedaling a bicycle or maneuvering a wheelchair? Will you share a crisp salad and glass of wine with your partner or be fed medicines and mush by a hospital aide?

Watch this extremely clever, but sobering, one-minute video (click "continue reading")  that depicts two very different realities—and you’ll realize that wrinkles and balding are superficial worries when it comes to aging.

Happy Winter from Wellbody Academy!

waterslideHere’s hoping your holidays are filled with the joy of play! Doesn’t play sound more fun than exercise? If you’re having fun while moving your body, you’re still exercising your heart, lungs, muscles and mind—and you’ll probably do it longer and more frequently.

But sometimes it’s hard to muster enthusiasm for playing outdoors on dark, chilly, rainy winter days in the Pacific Northwest. That’s when it’s time to head to an indoor community pool to get your heart rate up while splashing.

For kids, nothing beats a pool with a water slide, lazy river or other fancy features.  There are several in the Seattle area; most of them are located in recreation centers that also offer lap swimming, water aerobics and other fun exercise options. Please let us know if you have a favorite indoor aquatic oasis (open to the public) that’s not listed below. 

Click on the links to find each pool's website with hours, locations and rates.