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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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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.

walkingschoolbusLatest national study: In more than 20 U.S. states, 30 percent of adults are obese, a historic high. Obesity increased in six states last year and fell in none, according to a recent study by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. All the more reason to look for ways to weave exercise into your daily routine.

Keep reading for ways to maximize opportunities for human-powered transport as you go to work, school and on errands.

Tomatoes

It’s September and still gloriously sunny in Seattle. A summer of record-breaking warmth means tomatoes, cucumbers and tomatillos have actually ripened in home gardens before autumn rains can turn them to green mush.

Farmers’ markets and grocery stores are overflowing with gorgeous, reasonably priced produce. There’s no better time for gazpacho.

Traditional tomato-based gazpacho, filled with vitamins A, C and E and brimming with the antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene, can help protect your body from cancer by cleaning up the free radicals that damage cells. Some studies have also found regular consumption of gazpacho helps to lower blood pressure. Replacing fatty meals and snacks with vegetables dressed in olive oil would have the same health benefits; gazpacho is, essentially, a cross between salad and smoothie.

Keep reading for easy gazpacho recipes!

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 10.08.26 PMPhoto: ChopChopRainbow sandwiches. Yogurt parfaits. Edamame dips. Whether you’re a kindergartener, college student or kid who doesn’t like sandwiches, we’ve got you covered with healthy back-to-school lunch and snack ideas.

HappyCamperHealthySmileThere really is no place like the Pacific Northwest during summer. And warm summer nights are perfect for sleeping under the stars.

Whether you’re enjoying one of Washington’s many campgrounds, backpacking through the Cascades or Olympics, or enjoying the outdoors anywhere on the globe it’s important to take care of your smile.

Here are some campsite oral hygiene tips from our friends at Delta Dental of Washington: