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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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Gumdisease200February, the month of love, is the perfect time to focus on the heart.

The heart is a vital, muscular organ that pumps blood to various parts of the body. A sick heart can spell disaster for overall health; heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the U.S.

Surprisingly, one of the keys to a healthy heart is a healthy mouth. That’s because gum disease roughly doubles the risk of heart disease.

How are the heart and mouth are connected? And what can we do to prevent gum disease? 

bathfizzInstead of wallowing in sugar on Valentine’s Day, how ‘bout whipping up a homemade bath concoction sure to fizz away stress?

A relaxing, warm bath -- filled with aromatic bubbles -- is a terrific heart healthy treat for yourself and those you love. It’s also a fun chemistry experiment and great Valentine's Day gift! Keep reading to find out how to make your own Bath Fizz. (Last-minute gift idea: Assemble the ingredients to make Bath Fizz Kits for sweeties.)

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?