School Bullying May Be on the Decline

Over the past decade, school bullying has been on the decline. That’s according to a survey of students 12 to 18 years old when asked whether they had been bullied at any time during school. In 2007 nearly one third of students reported being the victim of bullying, but as of 2013 that number had dropped below one quarter. That’s great news for teens who already have plenty on their plate just growing up.

Adolescent Obesity Has More Than Quadrupled in 3 Decades

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past three decades. In 1980, just 7% of children 6-11, and 5% of adolescents 12-19 were obese. Today those numbers have jumped to 18% and 21% respectively.

The CDC points out that these kids aren’t simply at risk from the long term effects of being overweight – there are a host of immediate health effects like a high risk factor for cardiovascular disease (with 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease), or a far higher chance of being pre-diabetic.

The preventative solutions the CDC puts forward are nothing new. Kids need more physical activity, and more healthy food.

Americans are Most Concerned About Animal Treatment in Circuses, Sports & Research

For the first time ever, Gallup has asked Americans where they’re most concerned about the treatment of animals. The numbers they uncovered in their poll from earlier this month reveal a country which deeply cares about animal welfare in almost every situation – a fact underscored by a growing number of Americans who feel that animals should have the same rights as humans.

The Majority of Americans Do Not Have a College Degree

62%. That’s the number of American’s with no college degree. If you don’t count Associates degrees, the number rises to a sizeable 66.9%.

Millennials Have Officially Taken Over the Workforce

For the first time ever, Millennials make up the largest share of the American workforce, surpassing Generation X. That means that more than one-in-three American workers are between the ages of 18 and 34 in 2015. The news comes according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

The Millennials recently eclipsed the Baby Boomer generation (born 1946-1964) as those members of the workforce continue to retire. Now as more millennials join the workforce, their numbers are quickly rising.

It seems millennials will soon be running the world. Now, can they save it?

After a Record High, Single Motherhood is on the Decline

Until 2008, the birthrate for unmarried mothers was mysteriously on the rise. That’s changing now. After a peak of nearly 1.73 million children born to unmarried women in 2008, that number declined to 1.61 million in 2013.

Where are the sharpest declines? According to the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Services, in the demographics that typically have the highest rates of single motherhood: teenagers; black and Hispanic women; and those without a college degree. Where numbers continue to rise are in women 35 years or older. This trend possibly points to changing norms in family structure – some women are having babies outside of marriage by choice, including many who have partners but choose not to get married.

New Research Shows Fewer Americans Identify as Christian

According to a recent Pew Research survey of 35,000 people age 18 and older, Americans’ religious affiliations are notably shifting. While America is still home to more Christians than any other country, fewer people say they are Christian than they did 7 years ago. The survey also notes changes in ethnic diversity among Christians: 

How Much Did the Department of the Defense Pay the NFL to Salute the Troops?

New government documents obtained by NJ.com reveal what some taxpayers may consider disturbing spending by the Department of Defense. A total of $5.4 million in taxpayer money was paid to the NFL between 2011 and 2014 for various salutes to the troops and other advertising during games. As viewers believed these salutes to be genuine acknowledgments for time served—not paid advertising as a recruiting tool—many are upset that taxpayer money was used to mislead viewers. The Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million to salute the troops. So, how much did they pay?

What Are Your Fingernails Telling You?

Your fingernails can tell you a lot about your health. From vitamin deficiencies to potentially life-threatening conditions, the signs may be in your hands—literally. Take a look at these common nail symptoms, and contact your medical provider if you see something that might be cause for concern.

4 Smart Ways to Fold a T-Shirt

Laundry Day is a bummer—unless you’re a shirt-folding ninja. Want to make life easier? Check out these 4 badass shirt folds. Whether you need to pack light, fold for display, or fold in record time, these easy hacks will make laundry less of a pain. Our fave? The Army Ranger roll.