“Retiring (the idea of) retirement”
Nautilus, May 26, 2016

This inspiring article shows why the common wisdom (or “narrative”…) about aging may be off the mark. Often, global aging is described as a “cataclysmic” process, bound to bring economic misery and societal upheaval. Not quite true! As one academic says: “Today’s seniors are healthier, better educated and more productive than ever.” It is the word “productive” that matters here. Gaining more active years free of debilitating illness will change the economics of aging.

“The big benefits of plain water”
Harvard Health Publications, May 26, 2016

A new study provides more evidence that plain water is preferable to all other drinks if we want to control our weight.

“Snickers has developed technology that knows when you’re sad and tries to cheer you up with cheap chocolate”
Quartz, May 26, 2016

Many apps are designed to improve our wellness. This is an example of one having the exact opposite effect.

“Google Food Trends Report: The future of food is cheese curds and turmeric”
The Atlantic, June 2, 2016

This is a short article on this year’s Google Food Trends report – a study where the company compiles data on search queries and looks for seasonally adjusted patterns. It contains evidence that people are trying to be healthier.

“Taxing sugar to fund a city”
The New York Times, May 25, 2016

This is an interesting op-ed about how taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages have been proposed in a handful of American cities – and an interesting new proposal in Philadelphia.

Striking Stat:

Bottled water is about to overtake soda as the #1 U.S. beverage

From 2000-2015, bottled water consumption in the U.S. grew 120 percent, while carbonated beverages fell 16 percent. The prediction: Americans will drink more bottled water than soda by 2017.

Source: Beverage Marketing, 2016

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