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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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Spooky! Sugar may actually shrink your brain, according to research recently published in Neurology that links chronically high levels of blood glucose to a smaller hippocampus.

Horrifying: The average child’s trick-or-treat bag bulges with 4,800 calories, 3 cups of sugar and 1 ½ cups of fat.

So how ‘bout scaring up some non-sugary alternative treats this Halloween?

Pass them out to the kids who come to your door. And encourage your own kids to exchange the candy they’ll inevitably collect for the healthy treats below or perhaps another coveted non-sugar treat (book, game, clothing, etc.) you’ve procured in advance.

Keep reading for a list of fun trick-or-treat alternatives...

 

seattlesunsetDrat. The movement to abolish daylight saving time hasn’t yet gained enough steam to stop the twice yearly changing of the clocks.

Research shows that messing with our circadian rhythms during the semi-annual back-and-forth results in more heart attacks, traffic accidents, suicides and cyberloafing. Plus, energy studies show daylight saving time actually wastes energy, contrary to its original intent.

The good news is that the autumn time change, when we “fall back” and gain an hour of sleep, offers a chance to tune-up sleep habits. Keep reading for links to research--and tips on how to start preparing your body for disrupted sleep come Nov. 2.

sitting200Normally, when preparing to receive bad news, you’d sit down. In this case, you’d better stand.

Recent studies confirm prolonged sitting erases the benefits of exercise. So even if you run or pump iron for an hour every morning, if you sit for the next nine or ten hours – commuting, working at the computer, eating dinner, watching tv – you’ve wiped out most of the gains from your workout. Research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, calculates that an hour of sitting can undo eight percent of fitness gains from each hour you exercised. (Here’s a summary in Outsideonline.com)

Keep reading to learn why sitting erodes health and a simple way to solve the problem.


tailgatingpicnicIt’s fall sports season!

That means plenty of parties and tailgating while cheering for your favorite team. We all know snacking throughout the day isn’t good for our smiles, health or figures, but it’s hard to avoid while tailgating.

Keep reading for tooth-healthy tailgating tips from Delta Dental plus recipes for Buffalo Hummus, Grilled Apples and other alternatives to traditional tailgating favorites--a strong defensive lineup to protect your heart and teeth! 

Sleep

The list sometimes seems endless: Drink eight glasses of water. Exercise 30 minutes. Eat seven fruits and vegetables. But if you only have enough bandwidth to tackle ONE habit, let it be sleep.

That's because shortchanging shut-eye risks damaging memory, learning, creativity, productivity, emotional stability and physical health. And did we mention you're more likely to gain weight?

Sleep is the key to being happier, healthier, thinner and smarter. And it’s not only free—it’s free of side effects!

 

Keep reading to learn more about the science behind sleep.