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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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BoaEstebanOne of our boa constrictors, Esteban, has embarked on a new exercise regimen despite and because of arthritis.

Naturally, our ache-y snake is not crazy about working out with a sore back (talk about a looooong stack of creaky vertebrae!), but SlitherFit has definitely helped his strength, flexibility and stamina.

Keep reading to learn more about Esteban’s arthritis treatment,  watch a video of our boa constrictors' out-of-cage strengthening and conditioning routine, and learn important reasons why humans with disabilities or injuries should exercise. 

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Our friends, the industrious naked mole rats, are scrupulous about their dental routine. That's because their continuously growing incisors need to be frequently filed down with something hard like concrete blocks.

We humans turn to toothbrushes and floss for our oral hygiene needs. And since it's spring, how about taking a few minutes to spring clean and refresh your smile?

Here's a checklist to get you started. 

 1. Out with the old, in with the new. When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? It’s important to replace old toothbrush heads or toothbrushes every three to four months. As bristles wear, they become less effective at reaching all the little nooks and crannies that need to be cleaned. Most toothbrushes have an indicator that starts to fade on the bristles when it’s time to replace. If not, set up an alert on your phone or write it on the calendar so you’ll remember when to replace the old toothbrush.

(Keep reading for dental dance tips!) 

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 Are you a morning person? A night owl?

Your preferred sleep pattern is called your “chronotype,” and if you’re forcing yourself to live outside your natural circadian pattern—a night owl jarred awake early by an alarm clock, for example, or an early bird who stays up late working or partying—it’s not just a matter of feeling tired. You’re at risk for depression, poor memory, obesity and even some kinds of cancer. But the demands of work, school and society—and the convenience of artificial lighting—make it hard for many people to listen to their own body clocks.

Unless, that is, they live in Bad Kissingen, a small spa town on the southern edge of Germany’s Rhön Mountains. (Bad means “bath” in German.)

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An elixir of good health, extra-virgin olive oil has been shown to reduce risk of stroke, heart disease, breast cancer, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and ulcerative colitis.

But not all olive oils are equal.

Keep reading to find out which olive oils are healthiest and why — and learn how to make dukkha, a tasty Egyptian dip.

redwineYou may already revel in the fact that red wine is rich in resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps protect against strokes and inhibits the growth of cancer cells. But did you know moderate consumption of wine or beer can help protect bones?

(Plus, keep reading for great grape ideas for non-alcoholic beverages including grape smoothies and peanut butter-and-jelly sippers.)