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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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heartbrownies200Photo©Tia K.Dark Chocolate: What’s Not To Love?

Aphrodisiac? Anti-inflammatory antioxidant? Antidote to Alzheimers?

Modest amounts of dark chocolate—if you believe all the studies—can reduce risk of cancer, heart disease and bad cholesterol while also improving memory and mood.

But you can't eat just any ol' chocolate. And be careful about sabotaging chocolate’s healthy effects by using it in recipes that also have gobs of butter, scoops of sugar and loads of refined flour. 

(Keep reading for two yummy -- and healthy -- Valentine’s Day recipes.

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?

BowHillBlueberriesA peek at the Seahawks’ grocery list: 60 dozen organic free-range eggs (just for one week!), crates of organic veggies, luscious blueberries grown organically on a local farm. No sodas or junk food at the Seahawks practice facility in Renton, writes Tan Vinh in the Seattle Times. No deep-fried food. French fries are baked.

Want to know what quarterback Russell Wilson eats for breakfast?

Seahawks200Apparently, disappointed sports fans eat more fat after their team loses (sorry, San Francisco!), while fans of the winning team opt for healthier foods, according to recent research in Psychological Science.

It’s never too late to improve your dental health. Until, that is, it’s too late.

tooth200Death by dental abscess is rare in the developed world, yet it happens. And severe dental decay can trigger dental infections which, untreated, lead to sinus infections, brain abscesses and blocked airways. 

(Guess which group is bigger: the percentage of people who resolve to floss daily? Or the percentage who say they never make New Year's resolutions?  Click here to find out and  keep reading for healthy tooth tips.)