SHAPE Shares: Eye Candy to Distract You from Other Health News


I feel as though I say this every week, but this week it's especially true: It's been a crazy news week!

Scroll down (really, take your eyes off the hottie) to check out the most important health-related stories we can't get enough of this week, and then tell us: What did we miss? Tweet us @Shape_Magazine or let us know in the comments below!

1. The government has shut down. This will affect people in different ways, but Time magazine highlights a couple of key reasons why you should care, including: daily inspections of food manufacturers, the monitoring of imported foods, and lab testing samples for contamination have been put on hold; the National Institute of Health has had to shelve new grants they planned to issue for new research this week; the Centers for Disease Control will not be able to track flu cases or other infectious diseases as normal; and the National Science Foundation will stop maintaining its website or conducting any research (even NASA missions have been delayed!).

2. These handsome men are shaving in the woods. Because I think we could all use some good news right about now, I bring you Harry's 2013 fall lookbook. A self-described "purveyor of men's razor blades that give men a great shave at a fair price," Harry's lookbook features some really, really handsome man-candy shaving in all kinds of woodsy, nature-filled situations. Enjoy the lookbook here.

3. Will you ever have to eat again? Remember Soylent, the drink that was to end our dependence on food? Rob Rhinehart, the 24-year-old engineer behind the idea has officially turned his idea into a business and is hoping to change the way people think about food permanently. An editor at Greatist ordered a trial supply of the stuff to see if he could last for a week on it. Read his account here.

4. New York City has unveiled a campaign to help girls with their self-esteem. And it's a little overwrought and sappy, but kind of adorable at the same time. Conceived by NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg's deputy press secretary Samantha Levine, the campaign, called NYC Girls Project, features the daughters of city workers, friends, and colleagues of Levine's who wanted to participate (none of the girls in the ads are professional models or actors), and includes fitness classes, a pilot program for addressing self-esteem issues in girls at 75 after-school programs, and a Twitter campaign (#Iamagirl).

5. The new health insurance exchanges are up. Because the Affordable Care Act started rolling out in full this week, online shopping centers known as health exchanges launched yesterday. The idea behind these is that people can shop around and compare different insurance programs (Bloomberg's Alex Nussbaum likens it to "Expedia for medical plans"). Not every state agreed to create and monitor its own exchange, but 14 did. For a quick cheat sheet and to see how this could affect you, click here.

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