12 Things You Need To Know Today (September 25)
1. We knew apple cider vinegar was amazing, but we never could have predicted that it might save the Great Barrier Reef.
Take that, coconut oil! (BBC)
2. Americans have been eating more full-fat foods.
A report shows that butter sales in the U.S. went up 14 percent in 2014 and 6 percent in the first three months of 2015. Whole milk sales went up 11 percent in the first half of 2015, and sales of skim milk went down 14 percent. Bulletproof coffee, anyone? (TIME)
3. NYC high school gets free tampons for low-income students.
In the first push to implement a new initiative headed by New York City council member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, the High School for Arts and Business in Corona, Queens, got its first free tampon and pad dispenser. The free dispenser is meant to help low-income students gain access to necessary feminine hygiene they might not be able to afford otherwise. (NY Mag)
4. What do running and the pope have in common?
Two running clubs in Philly organized pope-themed routes, ending at bars like The Bishop's Collar. Pope-themed attire is encouraged. (Philly)
5. Chris Brown's domestic violence charge is coming back to haunt him.
Though the singer is expected to perform Down Under in December, the Aussie government may deny his visa due to the 2009 assault allegations against Rihanna. Australia's minister for women claimed Brown's domestic violence conviction is "not of the character we expect in Australia," and a petition to keep him out of the country has gathered more than 10,000 signatures. (TIME)
6. Do food expiration dates really matter?
Maybe not as much as you think. (NPR)
7. Our language on climate change is, well, changing.
The AP Stylebook is the ultimate writing reference guide, and it just made an interesting edit. It no longer endorses the phrase "climate change deniers" and now recommends that writers use "those who reject mainstream climate science" as a descriptor. (Washington Post)
8. RIP, Dr. Mitchell Gaynor.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of oncologist and mindbodygreen contributor Dr. Mitchell Gaynor. (NY Times)
9. The FDA is meeting to decide whether the permanent birth-control device is safe.
The device, Essure, has come under scrutiny after the FDA received more than 5,000 complaints about harmful side effects as well as concerns about its effectiveness. (NY Mag)
10. Text messages can actually help people improve their health.
A new study shows that patients who received motivating and informative texts related to their health are more likely to reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, and BMI over a six-month period. (WNYC)
11. Our friend Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon talks about eating healthy fats and herb cocktails.
12. Lululemon is making a big push beyond women's yoga.
"Chief Executive Officer Laurent Potdevin, who took the helm last year, is adding seasonal products that have stylish elements, such as open-backed tops and floral-patterned leggings. That’s helping broaden Lululemon’s appeal beyond the yoga studio. The retail chain also is opening more international stores and drawing more male customers by adding floor space devoted to men’s products." (BoF)