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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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Thanksgiving Dinner.

dance wellbodyMounds of mashed potatoes + sugary cranberry sauce + glazed pecans + turkey + gravy-soaked stuffing = more than 3,000 calories (nearly double the suggested intake for an average woman for a whole day). And that’s not even including drinks, nibbling in the kitchen, dessert, tasty leftovers and all the holiday treats ahead.

During this season of caloric temptation, how about dancing to stay fit? Crank up your favorite high-energy tunes and revive your favorite dance moves--or learn new ones--to get your heartrate  up and spirits soaring.

“Without enough sleep, we all become tall 2-year-olds.” — JoJo JensenLeafClock

Time to reset our body clocks as we “fall back” and gain an hour of sleep early Sunday morning. This disruptive semi-annual time change, though not as annoying as when we lose an hour of sleep come spring, offers a chance to assess and tune-up sleep patterns for fall.

Why is healthy sleep hygiene so important? And how can we do better at getting the sleep we need? 

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 

In a small but significant shift, teens are consuming slightly less sugar and television
wellbody hallPhoto: Wellbody Hall in favor of slightly more exercise and fruits and veggies, according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics.

"Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you have to start young." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Your chronological age is not necessarily your biological age, and that’s not just baby boomer denial...