16 Things You Need To Know Today (April 28)
1. Our favorite fledgling feminist, Emma Watson, just shared her feminist book club's latest read.
The book is How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran and focuses on Moran's life from her teens to mid-30s and her feminist views. With this kind of endorsement, it's worth a second look. (Instagram)
2. Bad news for boutique fitness buffs.
ClassPass, a wildly popular fitness studio service, just raised its membership fee from $125 to $190 a month—the company's second price hike in a year. (Jezebel)
3. After a decade of planning, a "super-sustainable" town is being built in Florida.
The entire neighborhood, to be called Babcock Ranch, will run on solar power during the day and transition to natural gas at night. Its streets are designed for biking and walking, and its public transport fleet will likely be made up of 100 percent electronic vehicles. (Fast CoExist)
4. One minute of exercise might be just as effective as 45.
In a new study, researchers found that doing 60 seconds of intense exercise improved health and fitness measurements just as much as doing 45 minutes of moderate exercise. Both types of workouts were found to be helpful—one just took up much less time. (NY Times)
5. U.K. supermarket pre-cuts avocados; Internet goes wild.
When Marks & Spencer started selling cut and packaged avocados, the response was outrage on social media. But the biggest issue is the plastic packaging, which the planet definitely doesn't need more of. (The Guardian)
6. A 12-year-old New Yorker accidentally ran a half-marathon.
After confusing it with the beginning of the 5k course she was supposed to be running, LeeAdianez Rodriguez decided she might as well finish the race anyway. NBD. (The Guardian)
7. Oklahoma's legislature is in the process of making it a felony for doctors to perform abortions.
Reports say, "Oklahoma state lawmakers are well on their way to passing a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to provide abortions, unless a woman's life is in danger or she has had a miscarriage that needs to be removed. There are no exceptions for rape, incest, or the woman's health." (Vox)
8. Dannon yogurt promises to make big changes in its farming and transparency practices.
The yogurt company announced a plan to create clearer standards for the farms that provide the milk they make their yogurt with, intended to influence farming practices like better animal welfare and soil conservation. The dairy cows they use will also transition away from GMO feed by 2018, which is progress—especially for big, influential food companies. (NY Times)
9. Cancer researchers are starting to utilize data from fitness tech devices.
A Boston Cancer Institute is teaming up with Fitbit for a study that will asses the link between physical activity and risk of cancer. (Business Insider)
10. Gisele reveals the parenting trick that keeps her centered.
Between juggling motherhood, modeling, and marriage, she can get overwhelmed. And when she does, she turns to meditation. "I notice that when I don't take the time to do it, I am not as centered, patient, or clear," she says. (mindbodygreen)
11. Yoga might benefit those with asthma.
A new study of more than 1,000 people with mild and moderate asthma found that practicing yoga improved participants' symptoms and overall quality of life. The researchers suggest that the breathing exercises and poses help the airway muscles relax and expand the chest. Further, yoga can help reduce anxiety and improve mood. (ScienceDaily)
12. Chipotle announces two new incentives to bring customers back.
After taking a major profit hit in the first quarter of 2016, the burrito chain is spicing up its menu with chorizo sausage. They'll also be rolling out a temporary buy-one-get-one-free burrito deal soon. (Eater)
13. Yeast infection medication might increase the risk of miscarriage.
After research showed a link between a common oral antifungal drug and miscarriage, the FDA is now advising doctors not to prescribe the medication for yeast infections during pregnancy. While it's still reviewing the data, the group recommends using topical or alternative treatments instead. (NY Times)
14. The Honest Co. is under fire for its baby formula.
A lawsuit filed by the Organic Consumers Association claims that Jessica Alba's company is selling organic baby formula with several synthetic ingredients that don't meet the FDA's organic standards. (Page Six)
15. Omega-3 supplements could boost the effects of antidepressants.
A large meta-analysis finds that people already on antidepressant medication who also took omega-3 fish oil supplements had better results than those who only took the medication. While the researchers didn't find any safety concerns in this study, they recommend talking to a doctor before starting supplements. (HealthDay)
16. Women who are cheated on by men "win" in the long run.
According to new research from Binghamton University and University College London, women who lose their lying ingrate of a partner to another woman are more likely to learn from their mistakes and pick better partners in the future. In the wise words of Beyoncé, the ultimate Survivor (as evidenced by "Lemonade"), "You thought that I'd be weak without you, but I'm stronger." (mindbodygreen)