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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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hibernate200As we head toward the shortest day of the year, it’s cold, damp and dark here on the western edge of the continent, prime season for hibernation. Is a looong nap really a good idea? And how to perk up without resorting to sugar and over-caffeination?

Keep reading for 10 energy-boosting tips. 

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Be Sweet Smart this Holiday Season

Holiday treats can be tricky—especially if you want to keep your smile healthy. Fortunately, there’s chocolate. That’s right. Choose chocolate this holiday season and you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and keep it healthy too.

Not only is chocolate delicious, it’s one of the best sweets for your teeth. Chocolate dissolves quickly, which decreases the amount of time sugar stays in contact with teeth. Plus, the calcium in chocolate helps protect tooth enamel.

Keep reading for more healthy news about chocolate and fantastic recipes. 

©Paula BockStuffy nose? Clogged sinuses? Pesky back-of-the-throat cough that won't go away? Or do you simply need a holiday gift for someone who has everything?

Consider the neti pot. An ancient treatment used in ayurvedic medicine for centuries, nasal irrigation with salt water has been validated by scientific studies to treat many sinonasal conditions.

But you have to do it right. Keep reading for more about the science of nasal irrigation and a few important how-to tips.

SleeplessFlag200Forty percent of American adults are sleep deprived, many sleeping less than five hours a night.

And among all people in America, adolescents are the most prone to sleep deprivation.

Lack of sleep increases the risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, depression and mental disorders, substance abuse and traffic accidents.

Keep reading to tune into Sleepless in America, a thought-provoking new documentary about the science of sleep that airs 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central) Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

oldnewThe New York TimesIs age just a number? 

New research suggests a positive mindset could be a fountain of youth. Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health found that older individuals who were subliminally exposed to positive stereotypes about aging (words like “spry” and “creative” flashed on a computer screen) showed improved physical functioning—including balance--that lasted for several weeks.

Keep reading to learn about a remarkable Harvard study and how you can explore the mind-wellness connection when you visit Wellbody Academy