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.
Our friends, the industrious naked mole rats, are scrupulous about their dental routine. That's because their continuously growing incisors need to be frequently filed down with something hard like concrete blocks.
We humans turn to toothbrushes and floss for our oral hygiene needs. And since it's spring, how about taking a few minutes to spring clean and refresh your smile?
Here's a checklist to get you started.
1. Out with the old, in with the new. When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? It’s important to replace old toothbrush heads or toothbrushes every three to four months. As bristles wear, they become less effective at reaching all the little nooks and crannies that need to be cleaned. Most toothbrushes have an indicator that starts to fade on the bristles when it’s time to replace. If not, set up an alert on your phone or write it on the calendar so you’ll remember when to replace the old toothbrush.
If you’re obese, drink carbonated beverages and/or you’re a guy, you have surprising incentives to brush your teeth, watch what you eat and drink, see your dentist for regular checks and alert your health care provider if your gums bleed.
As promised, here's the video of SureWash CEO Sean Bay demonstrating four smooth moves—recommended by the World Health Organization—to properly wash your hands.
The trouble with traditional handwashing methods, where the fingers of one hand wrap and orbit the fingers of the other, is that germs nestled between your fingers stay there. Traditional handwashing techniques also overlook your hardworking opposable thumbs, and just think of how many doorknobs they've touched!
If you want to master handwashing techniques that may help you avoid nasty viruses and bacteria, visit Wellbody Academy'sGermnasium, which has the only public-use SureWash station in the world. SureWash uses a Microsoft Kinect camera and video gaming technology developed in Ireland to train medical personnel to correctly wash their hands.
There's no extra charge for SureWash or any Wellbody Academy activities: It's all included in your admission to Pacific Science Center and always free for members. We want to help you stay well!
Turns out most of us have been washing our hands wrong all our lives. Improper handwashing technique can lead to increased risk of colds, flu, bacterial infections and icky intestinal bouts. It's especially scary in hospitals, where 50,000 people die every year from infections related to poor hand hygiene.
But there's hand-hygiene help! A high-tech training gadget called SureWash uses a Microsoft Kinect camera and video gaming technology developed in Ireland to train medical personnel to correctly wash their hands.Wellbody Academy’sGermnasium has the only public-use SureWash machine in the world. Come check it out. And listen to an interview on KOMO News Radio with SureWash CEO, Sean Bay. (Enjoy the handwashing guru's charming Irish brogue.)
Coming soon on the Wellbody Blog: A video demo of SureWash. Enjoy! But please visit Wellbody Academy in person to use the SureWash training stations to properly learn the World Health Organization’s recommended handwashing techniques. There’s no extra charge for SureWash or any Wellbody Academy activities: It’s all included in your admission to Pacific Science Center and always free for members. We want to help you stay well!