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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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How much exercise is enough?

Two large-scale studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine tackle the question of dose (how many minutes per week) and intensity, figuring out how much and how hard we need to exercise to decrease chance of premature death and disease--without wasting time or going overboard.

 

Current government guidelines call for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week to maintain health and fitness. But until recently, it was unclear whether exercising more would result in better health and greater longevity—and whether exercising less meant you’d get no benefit. Now, newly published research  based on ongoing health surveys from more than 661,000 adults has identified a sweet spot: 450 minutes per week, or a little more than an hour a day.

earth-day-illustrationLet's celebrate Earth Day!

We love healthy smiles. We also love a healthy planet. So we're here with facts and tips on greening your dental routine. 

Let’s take a look at the ways smiles impact the environment.

First, there’s the water you use to keep your smile healthy. If you leave the faucet on while you brush, you waste eight gallons of water a day. That’s about 2,920 gallons a year—enough to fill four hot tubs!

 How much water would be wasted if every American left the faucet on?

medalsOne goal. One week. Four chances to win great prizes. Why not give it a try?

To kick start healthy behavior change, Wellbody Blog is launching a Spring-into-Health Mini Challenge. The key here is to think small. Stop looking at a lighted screen an hour before bed. Or drink water and tea instead of sugar-sweetened beverages for a week. Or walk 20 minutes every day for a week.

If you’ve been wanting to refresh your routine, this is an excellent way to start. It’s just seven days! Everyone can try something small for seven days, right?

Keep reading to find out why psychologists believe small goals can be more effective than grand resolutions – and get the deets on the prizes.

computerscreenwomanScientists have figured out what’s screwing up our circadian rhythms.

Glowing, blue computer screens—especially when we stare at them before going to bed. Keep reading to find out why lighted screens are wreaking havoc with our melatonin production and sleep cycles and what to do about it.

Lucy Hobbs Taylor Dentist

March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize influential women throughout history.

Since the 1800s, dentistry has been a great field for women who wanted to attend college, help others and support themselves.

This March we salute these smile-enhancing heroines:

We love Lucy! Lucy Taylor Hobbs, that is. Hobbs was a dentistry trailblazer. During the 1800s, a time when few women went to college, Hobbs pursued a career in dentistry. Her acceptance into dental school was like pulling teeth for this fearless leader.

Keep reading to learn more about Hobbs and three other women who played starring roles in dental history.