19 Things You Need To Know Today (March 11)
1. For ultimate wisdom, take up meditation and ballet.
That's right, wisdom doesn't just come with age. It also has to do with your meditation and physical practices. (EurekaAlert)
2. Starbucks is encouraging its employees to vote in a real way.
CEO Howard Schultz has teamed up with Brooklyn-based group TurboVote to get Starbucks' 150,000 U.S. workers to register and make time to vote come Election Day. (Politico)
3. Vegan restaurant By Chloe set to open in new Whole Foods.
4. Want a younger brain? Stay in school and keep moving.
A new study shows that education and physical activity can significantly slow the aging of gray matter. (Science Daily)
5. Canada will put women on currency before the U.S. does.
On Tuesday, Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that by 2018, there would be a Canadian woman on the country's currency. (That's two years ahead of America's proposed 2020 deadline for putting a woman on the $10 bill.) (Refinery29)
6. Real women and unretouched photos are great for clothing sales.
At least as far as American Eagle's Aerie line is concerned, which has seen a 20 percent growth in sales since it introduced its body-positive campaign. (BuzzFeed)
7. Premature birth tied to air pollution.
In a sad study, researchers found that pollution plays a role in premature births, especially in women who have asthma. (NY Times)
8. More crappy lead-in-water news.
After the Department of Environmental Protection found elevated levels of lead, 30 public schools in Newark, N.J., shut down their water fountains. (CBS)
9. CVS is spending a lot of money to fight smoking.
To be specific, the company will spend $50 million in anti-smoking efforts. (Forbes)
10. Your sexual prime? Age 32.
A study out of Britain found people are healthiest at 30, have the best sex at 32, are happiest at 39, and are wealthiest at 47. Though, take this study with a grain of salt as it was carried out in conjunction with the DVD release of The Last Witch Hunter, a movie with an immortal main character. (Mirror)
11. This bill is about to put carbs and sugar on blast.
A new bill introduced in the New York City Council calls for restaurants to warn customers that foods high in carbs and sugar are dangerous for people with diabetes. (Grub Street)
12. Scientists just discovered we've actually been contributing to global warming for a while.
Thanks to coal power plants and train systems, there was a period of human-induced higher temps in the late 1930s and early 1940s. (Climate Central)
13. A new procedure lets patients receive kidneys from any donor.
A major new study demonstrates that doctors can successfully alter immune systems to allow people to accept kidneys from donors considered incompatible. The procedure is being called "revolutionary," with the potential to save many lives of people who would otherwise be unable to find a kidney match. (NY Times)
14. Cancer death rates in America continue to fall.
Thanks to prevention, early detection, and a drop in smoking rates, overall cancer deaths have dropped 1.5 percent every year since 2003, the CDC reports. (U.S. News & World Report)
15. Tai chi is good for the heart.
A new study of more than 2,200 people found that in people with heart disease, tai chi, qigong, and other traditional Chinese exercises helped lower blood pressure, levels of LDL cholesterol, and rates of depression. (HealthDay)
16. America is SUPER stressed.
In its annual study, the American Psychological Association found that average stress levels rose in 2015 from 4.9 to 5.1 on a 10-point scale. (Time)
17. You have to watch this amazing body-image video.
Posted to Facebook, "Body Image" by artist Jody Steel is a powerful look at today's ridiculous beauty standards. (Facebook)
18. When it comes to daily activity, boys are moving way more than girls.
An Australian study found that on average, girls take almost 2,000 fewer steps a day than boys, and that girls are 19 percent less active than boys their age. (ABC)
19. Lululemon designed a collection just for early-morning runners.
Their limited-edition Lucent pieces (launching on March 15) use reflective threading so you're visible during your dark, early morning or late night runs. (Bustle)