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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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NakeMoleRatPizza"Toothless", left, was born without teeth so can't chew tubers. She licks the rice-cereal "dough" here to get her nutrition.Our 63 naked mole rats love pizza--but only if made from tubers similar to those found in their native East African habitat. Lead Animal Caretaker Lauren Bloomenthal handcrafted this lunch for our furless friends by slicing a sweet potato for the crust, shredding carrots and parsnips for topping and mixing powdered rice cereal and rat chow (ground grains) with a little water.

Unlike humans, naked mole rats are adapted to extremely arid conditions and get all the liquid they need from their food. Also unlike humans, they're really good about self-regulating portion control! Lauren feeds the colony once a day, 350 grams of food, and our hairless friends seem to eat what they need to stay healthy and no more, so there's enough to go around.

Humans, unlike naked mole rats, sometimes struggle with portion control. Visit Wellbody Academy's Cafédium for a fun way to explore portion control through the interactive Burger Planet (pretend you're working behind a fast-food counter!), Portion Distortion and Portion Practice.

And if watching naked mole rats eat pizza is making you hungry, check out this recipe for pizza made with cauliflower crust on Eat. Drink. Smile. It's kid-approved, delicious and healthy!