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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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Dilbert

Resolutions Out, Habits In

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, admits it might be wacky to get health advice from a cartoonist, but his recent essay about happiness in The Washington Post is a thoughtful look at how knowledge trumps willpower when it comes to health, an apropos message during this season of resolutions.

He writes: "As far as I can tell, people usually experience the sensation of happiness whenever they have both health and freedom.

"It’s a simple formula: Happiness = Health + Freedom"

Fit Fun Fitness logoGet a healthy start on 2014 at  Fit Fun Forever, a free health and wellness event for kids, teens and families in Southeast Seattle.

Last10years200How will you live the last decade of your life? Will you be pedaling a bicycle or maneuvering a wheelchair? Will you share a crisp salad and glass of wine with your partner or be fed medicines and mush by a hospital aide?

Watch this extremely clever, but sobering, one-minute video (click "continue reading")  that depicts two very different realities—and you’ll realize that wrinkles and balding are superficial worries when it comes to aging.

Happy Winter from Wellbody Academy!

waterslideHere’s hoping your holidays are filled with the joy of play! Doesn’t play sound more fun than exercise? If you’re having fun while moving your body, you’re still exercising your heart, lungs, muscles and mind—and you’ll probably do it longer and more frequently.

But sometimes it’s hard to muster enthusiasm for playing outdoors on dark, chilly, rainy winter days in the Pacific Northwest. That’s when it’s time to head to an indoor community pool to get your heart rate up while splashing.

For kids, nothing beats a pool with a water slide, lazy river or other fancy features.  There are several in the Seattle area; most of them are located in recreation centers that also offer lap swimming, water aerobics and other fun exercise options. Please let us know if you have a favorite indoor aquatic oasis (open to the public) that’s not listed below. 

Click on the links to find each pool's website with hours, locations and rates. 

cranberry200Tangy gems of the holiday season, cranberries are outranked only by blueberries in protective antioxidants. High in vitamin C and fiber and low in calories, these tart red treats can add a festive and healthy zest to your diet.

Trouble is, cranberries are often paired with unhealthy amounts of sugar. Traditional cranberry bread and cranberry sauce recipes call for almost as much sugar as they do cranberries, and in the past couple years, scientific research has found that even a few extra teaspoons of daily added sugar can be toxic to our bodies. (A recent study found that relatively modest amounts of sugar negatively impacted the life spans and sex lives of mice.)

That’s why we’re thrilled to share this recipe for an insanely delicious and refreshing sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free cranberry sauce from Kathy Abascal, the Vashon Island biochemist and herbalist who developed an anti-inflammatory diet to quiet the immune system (TQI).