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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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Wellbody Blog loves this busy middle-schooler's healthy snack strategy!

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On grocery day, she washes and cuts up her favorite fruits and veggies (grapes, carrots, peas, strawberries, blueberries, purple cauliflower, baby corn) and stores them in reusable cartons in the refrigerator. Then, every morning on the way out the door, she grabs a pre-made snack container from the frig and stows it in her backpack for fresh and healthy munching whenever she needs a bite.SnackBoxes

This charming video took a first-place winner in the USDA's Fruits & Veggies Video Challenge. Congratulations! Watch the video

Did you know that a whopping 48 percent of all adult eating happens BETWEEN meals?

UWSNACKINGUW students chat about snack choices - Hartman Food Broadcasting

What are we munching, where, why and how much does it cost? In this on-campus video clip by Hartman Studios, University of Washington students share their snack fantasies, tips on buying and packing snacks and economical places to shop for snack supplies.

 

Visit Wellbody Academy’s Cafedium to use the Customized Calorie Budgetizer. It will help you calculate a balance between the calories you eat and drink (including snacks) and the calories you expend during daily activities.

Stay tuned to Wellbody Blog  for a jazzy demo about packing healthy snack-to-go boxes for students (or anybody!) on the move. 

Healthy habits can be hard to maintain when we are bombarded with invitations to get off track. This catchy two-minute video shares some eye-opening facts--the answers to the quiz--about how the food industry targets children.

How much does the food industry spend every year to market to children younger than 11?

a. $700,000

b. $7 million

c. $70 million

d. $700 million

How much does the food industry spend annually to market to adolescents?

a. $10 million

b. $100 million

c. $1 billion

d. $10 billion

What are the top three producted marketed to kids?

a. Carbonated beverages

b. Breakfast cereals

c. Fast-food restaurants

d. baby carrots

Check out the Influence Decoder in Wellbody Academy's Wellbody Hall to explore how advertising influences your food decisions. Did you know every year the food industry spends more than $1.7 billion marketing to adolescents and children?

Raves for Else's mom's Almost Paleo Pancakes from the 'tween sleepover crowd!PaleoPancakePaleo Pancakes©Paula Bock

"Almost" because Else's mom subs in whole wheat flour for some of the almond meal, but if you're going all Paleo, you can use all almond meal or mix with coconut flour. 

The almonds in the recipe add protein, the blueberries and grated apple bring soluble fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. No sugar or refined flour! Read how the DNA in ancient tooth tarter gives clues about modern diseases linked to processed sugar and flour. 

Else's Mom's Almost Paleo Pancakes

1 C almond meal
1 C whole wheat or oat flour (To go gluten-free, use 2 C almond meal and no flour or 1 C coconut flour)
1/2 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
3 eggs
1 C coconut milk
2 T coconut oil (melted)
1 apple, grated
1 C fresh or frozen blueberries (can substitute any fruit in season).

Mix all ingredients. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased skillet. Turn when small bubbles appear. Serve with more berries and a drizzle of thick coconut milk. 

RiaCongratulations to Ria Chhabra, whose middle-school science fair project on organic food and fruit flies led to top honors in a national science competition, research in a university lab and publication in a prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Ria started out by comparing levels of vitamin C in organic produce v. conventionally farmed food. Her experiments showed that organic produce had more vitamin C. Then, she tested whether fruit flies raised on organic produce had better health than those raised on conventional produce.

"The flies raised on diets from organically grown produce had greater fertility and longevity," she wrote in her scientific paper. "On certain food sources, greater activity and greater stress resistance was additionally observed, suggesting that organic food bestows positive effects on fly health."

Now 16, Ria continues her research on fruit flies and diet. She's studying the effect of cinnamon and curcumin (turmeric) on diabetes in fruit flies for her 10th-grade science fair project. Read more about Ria in the New York Times.

At Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness, everybody is their own science project!Stop by to see how healthy changes in your diet, exercise, sleep and hygiene can improve your health and how you feel.