Psyched for summer cookouts? Not to freak you out, but there may be bacteria lurking in some of your favorite dishes — and not the ones you’d expect. Plus, find out how your favorite Instagram gurus take those yoga pictures you love to double-tap. Read on for these and other headlines that caught our eye this week.
Beware BBQ Bacteria
You’re not the only one who loves ice cream, a good dip in the pool and some barbecue when the weather heats up. But these summer favorites harbor some surprising risks. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 10 public pools don’t have the correct chlorine levels to kill bacteria. Watch out for that kiddie pool!
If you were depending on a creamy dessert to cool you down instead, that might not be totally safe either. Your ice cream cone may be harboring bacteria from the dispenser not being cleaned thoroughly. To have your Rocky Road and eat it too, make sure to ask when the machines were last cleaned. (CNN)
Behind-the-Scenes Instagram Secrets
Ever wonder how your favorite Instagram pals get all those awesome photos? The shots that make us double-tap our way to total fitness inspiration require more work than you might think. One blogger gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how she does it. (Love Life Surf)
Misty Copeland Makes History
Word is officially out: Misty Copeland is unstoppable. Earlier this year, she was cast to star in Swan Lake, becoming the first African-American dancer to perform the lead in a major ballet company’s production of the show. Now, she’s made history as the first African-American to be named a principal for the 75-year-old American Ballet Theater. (The New York Times)
How to Fight Post-Run Fatigue
If you’re training for a marathon or half-marathon, we bet it’s not just your feet that feel fatigued. You may be experiencing the effects of full-body exhaustion. Read more from Runner’s World on how to alter your sleep schedule so you can actually get off the couch after a long run. (Runner’s World)
This Is How Much SPF You’re Really Getting
If you purchase a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, in theory you should be safe for 15 times longer than if you hadn’t used anything. Problem is, you’re probably not getting that protection because you’re not applying enough. You should be slathering about an ounce (or about the amount of a shot glass) to your entire body, but most people are using 20 to 50 percent less than recommended. And if you picked up the 100 SPF stuff, don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re getting 100 times the protection. (Lifehacker)
General Mills to Remove Artificial Ingredients
We have good news for our cereal-slurping buddies: General Mills has committed to remove artificial flavors and colors from its cereals over the next three years. The change affects about 40 percent of their products; the rest have already made these changes. Most of your favorites will look the same, but products like Trix and Reese’s Puffs will have a different appearance thanks to natural coloring. (General Mills)