1. Leonardo DiCaprio's latest film might just be his most important yet.
Leo traveled the globe exploring the effects of global warming for his just-released documentary, Before the Flood. President Obama, Pope Francis, and Elon Musk are just a few of the cameos in this powerful movie that shines light on one of the most important issues of our time. (NYT)
2. Food is really, really cheap right now—and that's a bad thing.
The food-price slump in America has officially broken records to become the worst one in recent history. Low prices are good for consumers but terrible for farmers and food industry workers. (Grub Street)
3. Letting your dog lick your face isn't such a great idea.
Maybe your dog thinks you taste great, but not surprisingly, if a dog's saliva finds its way into your mouth, there's a chance you'll end up with some kind of disease. Dr. Neilanjan Nandi, an assistant professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, says, "There are some organisms unique to dogs that we were simply not meant to tolerate or combat." (NYT)
4. Water is still the best drink for your health.
Diet sodas may undermine weight loss efforts, a new study suggests. Researchers put 81 women with type 2 diabetes on the same weight-control diet, except that half drank diet beverages five times a week while the other half substituted plain water. After 24 weeks, the water group had lost an average of 14 pounds, while the diet soda group lost 11.5 pounds. Cheers! (NYT)
5. You're about to get a lot more productive with a new technique called "temptation bundling."
New research shows that coupling something you feel like you have to do with something you actually want to do may make you more likely to just do it. The key is really sticking to it: If your "want" is listening to your new audiobook and your "should" is working out, you only listen to the audiobook when at the gym for this method to work. When put to the test, participants who had access to their audiobooks at the gym work out only 51 percent more. (Science of Us)
6. Twenty percent of all adults have some sort of mental health disorder.
But as a country, we have quite a ways to go when it comes to mental health awareness. More than half of U.S. citizens with mental health disorders aren't being treated. In fact, the states with limited access to funding for mental support and awareness have the highest rates for incarceration. (Mental Health America)
7. Doctors have officially put some restrictions on screen time.
How much screen time is too much screen time? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under 18 months should have no screen time, children between the ages of 2 and 5 should be limited to one hour, and after that, it's up to the parents to decide. (CNN)
8. Can ClassPass last forever?
There's no doubt about it: ClassPass has been a huge fitness industry success. But is this subscription-based model sustainable, especially with consistent price hikes? Only time will tell. But long story short—it's complicated. (Fast Company)
9. This Olympic volleyball player says meditation before bed is the answer.
Olympic Bronze medalist April Ross took up meditation before bed as a way to combat destructive thinking and doubt. "When those things threaten to distract you, being able to clear your thoughts is helpful. As an athlete, that works for you because you have muscle memory to take over. You're going to be fine until you can regain your focus." Inspiring and easily actionable, we think! (NY Mag)