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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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Tomatoes

It’s September and still gloriously sunny in Seattle. A summer of record-breaking warmth means tomatoes, cucumbers and tomatillos have actually ripened in home gardens before autumn rains can turn them to green mush.

Farmers’ markets and grocery stores are overflowing with gorgeous, reasonably priced produce. There’s no better time for gazpacho.

Traditional tomato-based gazpacho, filled with vitamins A, C and E and brimming with the antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene, can help protect your body from cancer by cleaning up the free radicals that damage cells. Some studies have also found regular consumption of gazpacho helps to lower blood pressure. Replacing fatty meals and snacks with vegetables dressed in olive oil would have the same health benefits; gazpacho is, essentially, a cross between salad and smoothie.

Keep reading for easy gazpacho recipes!

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 10.08.26 PMPhoto: ChopChopRainbow sandwiches. Yogurt parfaits. Edamame dips. Whether you’re a kindergartener, college student or kid who doesn’t like sandwiches, we’ve got you covered with healthy back-to-school lunch and snack ideas.

HappyCamperHealthySmileThere really is no place like the Pacific Northwest during summer. And warm summer nights are perfect for sleeping under the stars.

Whether you’re enjoying one of Washington’s many campgrounds, backpacking through the Cascades or Olympics, or enjoying the outdoors anywhere on the globe it’s important to take care of your smile.

Here are some campsite oral hygiene tips from our friends at Delta Dental of Washington:

fistbumpPhoto by Corey Menscher

Turns out a firm, warm handshake is more than a cordial power greeting. It’s a vector for germs. In one recent experiment, handshakes transferred an average 124 million units of E.coli. 

What to do?

In our handshake culture, a simple smile seems inadequate and standoffish; a waggly finger wave is odd; a brisk nod could easily be misinterpreted as rude. Touching elbows? Beyond awkward.

So consider the fist bump. Infectious disease experts advocate this charismatic ritual greeting because it spreads 1/20th the germs of a traditional handshake and is ten times as hygienic as a high-five, according to research recently published in the American Journal of Infection Control.  Keep reading to learn why and see a cool science video on fist bumps featuring celebrities and cute animals.

jogging5minGood news for the time-challenged and exercise-averse. A new, comprehensive study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running just five minutes per day reduced risk of premature death by 30 percent and added three years to life expectancy. Sound too good to be true? Keep reading for more details.