AFRICA
Matt Damon’s quest for clean water
Fast Company, July/August issue

Nearly a billion people worldwide lack access to clean water. Millions of women and children spend hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources. And the man to help solve the problem is . . . Matt Damon? That’s according to a cover story in Fast Company magazine, which profiles the Hollywood heartthrob and his quest to bring clean water to Africa. Damon co-founded the charity Water.org in 2009. In addition to bringing attention to the issue, the article says, he “has turned himself into a development expert,” learning about microfinancing and delivering reports from the field. “It’s highly unusual for a celebrity to dive this deep into a problem this daunting.”

DISEASES
Lifestyle changes, better diet can help
Diabetes HealthSense

Six new videos aim to help people make lifestyle changes and cope with diabetes. The three- to five-minute clips, produced by the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program, can be found at www.yourdiabetesinfo.org/healthsense. In one, a woman named Latecia rides her bike, dances and eats strawberries with her family to a soundtrack of cheerful music. “Being my mom’s caregiver was an eye-opener,” she says. “That was a personal wake-up call for me to want to take better care of myself.”

Rachel Saslow