11 Things You Need To Know Today (October 24)
1. Doughnuts and veggies fight in the workplace and veggies are winning!
Employers have long known that one way to employees' hearts is through their stomachs. But these days, employers are plying employees not just with doughnuts but with fresh vegetables, too — an effort to make sure those hearts are healthy. (NPR)
2. Americans are embracing the legalization of weed more than ever before.
According to a recent Gallup poll, 58 percent of Americans now support legalizing marijuana, which is up from 34 percent in 2003. (Gallup)
3. Doctors might be the biggest obstacle to the HPV vaccine.
A new Harvard Medical School study finds that the main reason vaccination rates against the human papillomavirus are much lower than other childhood immunizations isn't parents but doctors who hesitate to recommend it. They suggest it might be because many doctors are uncomfortable discussing sexually transmitted diseases with parents. (NPR)
4. Climate change could have serious consequences for the economy by 2100.
Researchers found that if nothing is done to slow global warming, the average income around the world will be 23 percent lower in 2100 than it is today. (TIME)
5. McDonald's will start selling Monster Energy drinks.
The fast-food chain said it will offer the drinks as part of their value meals in a number of states — and apparently it's already seeing a lot of interest. We're not lovin' it. (Wall Street Journal)
6. Gov. Andrew Cuomo just made history with his decision to legally protect transgender New Yorkers.
On Thursday, the New York governor announced that the state will incorporate gender identity into its anti-discrimination law. (NYT)
7. Daniel Craig had the perfect response when an interviewer asked about James Bond "succumbing to the charms of an older woman" in the latest 007 movie.
"I think you mean the charms of a woman his own age. We're talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven's sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky!" Take that, Hollywood. (The Red Bulletin)
8. GNC is being sued for knowingly selling dietary supplements that contained unmarked, illegal ingredients.
GNC issued a statement saying they plan to vigorously defend against these allegations, but that didn't stop shares in the company from dropping 15 percent after the news broke. (USA Today)
9. The Mediterranean diet: It's complicated.
A new documentary by a British cardiologist is suggesting that the Mediterranean diet is beneficial for a multitude of reasons besides food. He suggests time spent outside, consistent low-impact exercise, and more social interaction around meals all contribute to less chronic stress overall. (NYT)
10. Two questions to identify food insecurity.
The American Association of Pediatrics has implemented a new two-question screening for child patients to determine whether their family has enough money to feed them and if they're getting enough food. (AAP News)
11. If you're going to be grilled on Capitol Hill for 11 hours, yoga might help.
"Yoga always helps" — Hillary Rodham Clinton, when asked about her endurance as she left the building after more than 11 hours of testimony. (NYT)