19 Things You Need To Know Today (April 21)

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1. Jennifer Aniston just spilled her sweaty secrets.

Newly named People's "World's Most Beautiful Woman 2016," Aniston told the magazine that her workout routine entails attending a spin-yoga class three days a week, which is 25-30 minutes of spinning and then 30-40 minutes of yoga. Three other days a week, the star does a weight-training workout at home. (People)

2. Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that Harriet Tubman, an African-American woman who ushered thousands of slaves to freedom, will be taking over the $20 bill, replacing Andrew Jackson, the slave-owning president who forcibly removed Native Americans from their land. The $10 and $5 bills will also be updated to feature civil-rights leaders on the back. (mindbodygreen)

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3. Kids are socialized to like sugar and junk food from birth.

A new study analyzed 100 popular children's books that contain images of food and found that vegetables are rarely portrayed positively. Instead, ice cream, cakes, and cookies are frequently used to make someone feel better or celebrate a special occasion. Plus, when it came to beverages, sweetened drinks were mentioned three times more than water. (The Cut)

4. Loneliness can hurt your heart.

A new meta-analysis of 23 studies finds that people who were lonely or socially isolated had a 29 percent increased risk of heart attack or dying from heart disease, as well as a 32 percent increased risk of stroke. (NY Times)

5. Can veganism save the world?

Researchers crunched the numbers to find that if everyone ate a plant-based diet in the future, people worldwide would be well fed without using any more land than what's already designated for farming (which means that no new farmland is necessary and rain forests can stay intact). Actually getting everyone on board is another issue entirely. (Science Magazine)

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6. More than half of Americans are breathing polluted air right now.

More than 166 million people in the U.S.—52 percent of all Americans—are exposed to unhealthy levels of either ozone or particulate pollution, putting them at risk for premature death and other serious health effects, including lung cancer, asthma attacks, and developmental harm, according to a report published Wednesday by the American Lung Association. (mindbodygreen)

7. Whole Foods has a new recycling initiative.

The supermarket chain is joining forces with Recycle Across America to make recycling simpler and easier to understand. Efforts include clear labeling and educating the staff to help out if anyone has any questions. (Tampa Patch)

8. Michigan's governor has committed to drinking water from Flint for 30 days to prove it's safe.

Governor Rick Snyder explained, "I completely understand why some Flint residents are hesitant to drink the water and I am hopeful I can alleviate some of the skepticism and mistrust by putting words to action.... Flint residents made it clear that they would like to see me personally drink the water, so today I am fulfilling that request. And I will continue drinking Flint water at work and at home for at least 30 days.” (USA Today)

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9. Eating nuts could lower your risk of getting colon cancer.

A new study showed that having a serving of nuts three or more times a week appeared to reduce the risk in both men and women. This does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between eating nuts and having a lower risk of colon cancer. However, the researchers hypothesized that some of the compounds in nuts like fiber and antioxidants may help. (Fox News)

10. Scientists have found the gene associated with well-being.

Researchers analyzed the genomes of close to 300,000 people and identified genetic variants that are linked to well-being, depression and neuroticism. Still, they point out that it doesn't necessarily determine whether someone will be well or not, since environment also comes into play. (ScienceDaily)

11. Harlem's first spin studio has a community feel and refreshingly affordable prices.

Tammeca Rochester opened Harlem Cycle, the first spin studio in the Manhattan neighborhood, in hopes of creating a welcoming environment for people to get their spin on, and "rejecting the Mean Girls tenor of boutique fitness." (The Cut)

12. Here comes the sun, San Francisco.

San Francisco just became the first major city in the U.S. to pass a law requiring that all new buildings are outfitted with solar panels. (Forbes)

13. Drinking coffee could lower your risk of endometrial cancer.

A new study found that women who drank more than four cups of joe a day had a 22 percent lower risk of developing it versus non-coffee drinkers. Endometrial cancer is the most common type of gynecological cancer. Researchers think that certain compounds in coffee may decrease levels of estrogen and insulin, which would play a role in prevention. (Live Science)

14. Target just took a strong stand on the transgender bathroom controversy.

In response to the recent wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation that forces residents of states like North Carolina to use the bathroom that matches the sex they were assigned at birth, as opposed to their gender identity, Target announced in a statement that customers at its stores are welcome to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. "Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected, and welcomed at Target," the statement reads. (mindbodygreen)

15. Embracing mindfulness could be a promising way to eat smarter.

In several recent studies, mindfulness and meditation were associated with less overeating and being more in tune with the body's sensations and hunger cues. (Science of Us)

16. Facebook is here to answer all of your health questions.

Starting this week, you can Facebook message HealthTap (a startup that combines tech and health) with a medical inquiry, and receive an answer from a physician within 24 hours. (BuzzFeed)

17. White women are now dying younger.

A new CDC report finds that the life expectancy for white women in America actually declined from 81.2 years to 81.1 between 2013 and 2014. That's the first decrease since the government started keeping track, and it's likely because of issues like drug overdoses, suicides and alcohol. Still, the report had some good news: the life expectancy for black men increased by almost half a year during that same time. (NPR)

18. This is the right way to wash your hands.

You may think that you're washing your hands well enough to prevent the spread of bacteria, but think again. The World Health Organization's new six-step hand hygiene technique has been found to better reduce the amount of bacteria on the hands as compared to simply using soap, rubbing, and drying. (WSJ)

19. New York offices are going green.

Energy efficiency is at the forefront of NYC architecture these days, and new buildings across the city are showing off impressive, sustainable features. (NY Post)

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