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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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Meet Dina Popovkina, a 24-year-old graduate student who researches neurobiology and behavior at the University of Washington. dina popovkina smIn The Studio's current Mind and Machines exhibit within Wellbody Academy, Dina talks about how her early ambitions to become an astronaut were squelched when she realized she got sick riding rollercoasters. She shared with Wellbody Blog how she found her way as a woman in science on her journey from the Ukraine to the UW. And she explains her research about how the brain comprehends visual information.

I didn’t always want to be an astronaut. What drew me to it was exploring, finding out something new, something that had never been done before.

I came to the United States when I was about 12 from Ukraine. Here, the science education is really great, and there’s opportunity. In Ukraine, there are a lot of girls who were interested in learning languages and being involved in science, but there aren’t many opportunities for them.

At Wellbody Academy, we are huge fans of 10-year-old Amber Kelley of Woodinville, WA who shares her message, "Being healthy is COOL!" through free online cooking videos and healthy recipes.AmberKelley Her on-screen persona charms grown-ups and young children without being an overly sweet turn-off for other tweens. And she has terrific recipes: Green smoothies, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, healthy sleepover snacks, roasted veggies with quinoa, potluck hummus with secret NON-ingredient...

 

In a small but significant shift, teens are consuming slightly less sugar and television
wellbody hallPhoto: Wellbody Hall in favor of slightly more exercise and fruits and veggies, according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Pens and Pencils? Check. Backpack? Check. Immunizations? Check. Dental check-up? ... tooth healthy lunch 200px

Consider adding an annual dental check-up to your child’s back-to-school list. It may sound surprising, but more children in the U.S. suffer from  tooth decay than any other chronic infectious disease. 

Farmers’ markets, co-ops, u-pick and a FREEZER seem to be the keys to eating healthy (organic or not) and saving money.

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