11 Things You Need To Know Today (December 2)
1. Demi Lovato's #Confident Confessions video is for the fans.
After the release of her hit song "Confident," Demi Lovato invited her fans to share what makes them feel confident. The results are heartwarming and inspiring. (Refinery29)
2. The first certified organic fast food restaurant opens in Northern California.
The Organic Coup serves chicken breast (fried in organic coconut oil, of course) on salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Though there's only one location now, the brand is hoping to open up 25 new stores next year. (Co.Exist)
3. A woman received a fat-shaming card on a London train. WTF?
While riding the Tube on Monday, a young woman named Kara Florish reported on Twitter that she was handed a card with the word "Fat" written across the front and a long decree against "fat, ugly human[s]" on the back. (mbg)
4. New diabetes cases have finally started to fall.
The rate declined by about a fifth from 2008 to 2014 — the first big drop in about 25 years. Although the news is encouraging, experts say they aren't sure if it's thanks to public health efforts or because the disease has simply peaked in the population. (NYT)
5. A new Tumblr captures the last message people received from loved ones.
A 15-year-old student launched The Last Message Received, a Tumblr where users can anonymously submit and talk about their last exchanges with people. (mbg)
6. Despite industry statements to the contrary, doctors say it's never safe to use crib bumpers.
7. Salt content to appear on restaurant menus today.
Chain restaurants in New York City are now required to list the sodium content of dishes if more than 2,300 milligrams. The National Restaurant Association plans to sue the New York Department of Health, claiming it's an attack on small businesses. (Politico)
8. Women's Running Magazine's new cover girl is a runner with autism and epilepsy.
Kiley Lyall, a 24-year-old runner, was chosen from more than 4,000 submissions to grace the cover of this month's issue. (mbg)
9. Cannabis coffee K-cups might be a thing.
Canada's medical marijuana supplier, CannTrust, has applied for a license to sell the popular coffee pods laced with cannabis. (Eater)
10. Can an aspirin a day keep the doctor away?
11. Young adults who exercise regularly might live longer.
According to a new study, higher levels of fitness in early adulthood were associated with lower risks for cardiovascular disease and lower death rates. (JAMA)