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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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HabitAppTrying to walk 30 minutes daily? Sleep 7+ hours nightly? Meditate? There’s an app for that!

If you’ve embarked on the journey to a healthier you (and who doesn’t want to upgrade life?), you may have already made a S.M.A.R.T goal that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely.

But how to keep with it after the initial enthusiasm wears off? 

For some people, sticking stars on a paper chart – or using an app that’s the digital equivalent – is helpful for motivation and tracking progress. Though the greater goal may be to avoid cancer, diabetes and stroke, the daily satisfaction of giving yourself a star sticker or digital click may be just what you need to get your new habit rolling.

Keep reading for a short list of free habit-tracking apps plus instructions (and .pdf printouts) for good, old-fashioned star charts favored by kids and those who prefer paper.

Please share tips, your favorite habit apps and your progress with us by commenting or emailing professorwellbody@pacsci.org. In thanks for your contribution, we’ll hold a drawing to give away a pair of passes to Wellbody Academy and our other regular exhibits.

RWBchipsThis July 4, celebrate America’s birthday with delicious red, white and blue recipes that get their colors—and heart healthy, cancer-fighting powers—from natural antioxidants rather than artificial dyes.

Start the party with blue tortilla chips topped with sliced mozzarella and diced red tomato. Free of sugar, gluten and chemical additives, this patriotic snack gets snap from high-fiber corn tortilla chips, creaminess from low-fat cheese, and sweet tartness from ripe tomatoes. Spritz with fresh lemon juice for added tang and vitamin C. You can substitute low-fat feta, ricotta, cottage cheese or cream cheese for the mozzarella. 

Photo: Crystal ClarityPhoto: Crystal ClarityOur ever popular Red, White & Blueberry flag, an edible art project, is a terrific assemble-ahead dessert to make with kids. Stack raspberries, blueberries and banana slices on skewers for a treat filled with fiber, vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants including ellagic acid, a known cancer fighter.

Keep reading for more fabulous red, white & blue recipes!

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Sugary beverages = Bad health.

What to do?

New York City, now in a court brawl to ban the sale of large-size sodas, plasters subways with in-your-face billboards: “Your kids could be drinking themselves SICK. SUGARY DRINKS can bring on obesity, which can lead to DIABETES and risk factors for HEART DISEASE.” California has proposed taxing sugary drinks and slapping warning labels on them.

Here in the Seattle area, our watery region is taking a glass half-full approach that boils down to...Making Water Interesting. And it just might work!

Keep reading for refreshing recipes to jazz up nature’s healthiest thirst quencher (think strawberries, mint leaves, cucumber slices, watermelon slush) – plus alarming statistics about teen soda consumption in the Seattle area.

 

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Summer is heating up across the country and so is the public health campaign to reduce consumption of soda, sport drinks, energy drinks, sweetened fruit drinks and sweetened coffee and tea drinks.

That's becuase the results of large-scale studies are in, and researchers have had a chance to digest them. Sugary drinks are clearly linked to obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and cancer. In the U.S., 25,000 deaths each year are associated with sugary drinks. Here’s an earlier post outlining health dangers and more sobering stats.  

Bumblebee Bat Britanica200June is National Smile Month and we’re celebrating smiles of all shapes and sizes.

With help from Delta Dental of Washington, we’ve searched high and low to find some of the most impressive smiles in the animal kingdom.  Here’s what we found:

Smallest Smile—The mammal with the smallest smile is Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, pictured above.  They’re nicknamed the bumblebee bat because they’re not much bigger than a bumblebee. They’re a little over an inch long, have reddish-brown coats, and a pig-like snout. They live in large colonies and eat tiny insects.

Keep reading to learn which animal has a smile big enough to park your car in and for tips on maintaining a healthy smile.