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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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fruitsveggiesSeven fruits and vegetables a day. That’s what it takes to reduce death by a whopping 42 percent, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

After following a representative sampling of 65,000 people for seven years, researchers found that those who ate more fruits and veggies were less likely to die for any reason—particularly heart disease (31 percent), stroke and cancer (25 percent).

Even if you don’t eat the full seven servings, eating some fruits and veggies still puts you on the path to better health, and the more you eat, the more you’ll benefit.

But how to munch seven servings without feeling like kale is sprouting from your ears?

Keep reading for tips plus a sample day’s meal plan to get you started.

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If you feel queasy at the thought of visiting the dentist, you're not alone. 

According to a recent poll by Delta Dental of Washington, 58 percent of people have some anxiety about seeing the dentist. And almost as many are afraid of the costs (50 percent) as they are of the pain (51 percent).  

Fear of the dentist often starts during childhood and continues into adulthood. Whether it’s you or your child who is concerned about visiting the dentist, here are a few tips from Delta Dental to making your next visit less painful on your emotions and your pocketbook:

On Sunday, March 9, 2014,  we'll  “spring ahead” and return to daylight saving time. What's the best way to prepare for the year's worst Monday morning and recalibrate sleep cycles? 

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In the short essay below, sleep researcher Michael V. Vitiello, a University of Washington professor, shares advice and his perpsective on the time change. Prof. Vitiello serves as co-director of the Center for Research in the Management of Sleep Disturbance and editor-in-chief (for the Americas) of Sleep Medicine Reviews. He is a content specialist for Wellbody Academy

Originally proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, (although not adopted until World War I in an effort to save energy) daylight saving time is observed in most of North America and Europe. 

This means that the twice annual changing of clock time is again upon us and most of us will lose an hour of clock time as time “springs forward”, which means most of us will have one less hour of sleep when we awaken on Monday morning, March 10th.

zucchini friesAfter Pete Carroll was fired by the New England Patriots, he agonized over what he’d do differently if he ever had a chance to coach another NFL team, writes Alyssa Roenigk in ESPN The Magazine.

As coach of the Seahawks, Carroll’s do-over strategy includes taking care of players instead of berating them, and creating a kinder, gentler culture through meditation and mandatory yoga. (Check out ESPN's photos of Russell Wilson demonstrating his favorite yoga poses.) If the Hawks can meditate to cultivate inner compassion, surely the rest of us can also change our ways. 

How 'bout starting with Super Bowl snacks?