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Study: When moms spend time with kids it’s usually eating, watching TV

The two most common activities mothers and children do together are eating and watching TV. Then comes homework. Way down the list is going for a walk, bike ride or dancing together.

Here’s the breakdown for top three activities mothers and children do together: eating a meal (90 percent), watching television (79 percent), and doing homework (65 percent), according to new survey conducted by Woman’s Day and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation working to combat childhood obesity.

When it comes to exercise, only half of the 1,154 moms surveyed had gone out together for a walk, run, or bike ride with their kids (ages 5 to 18) in the last week and just 26 percent had played a sport, run around or danced together.

According to the survey, when mothers spend ten minutes or more doing something with their children, it is more likely to be sedentary or involve a screen than be physical.

“The survey results underline the increasingly sedentary lifestyle many of our kids are leading,” says Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in a press release. “The good news is, there is opportunity to change this trend—and families can make small changes that make a big difference.”

Woman’s Day and the Alliance encourage families to #Commit2Ten and visit http://www.commit2ten.org/ to receive a personalized fitness profile, a 30-day activity calendar, resources and motivation to commit to 10 additional minutes of physical activity per day.

Woman’s Day Editor in Chief Susan Spencer offers the following tips for incorporating more exercise into the day:

— Walk with your kids to school. One of the magazine’s readers lost 90 pounds by walking the mile to school with her daughter daily instead of driving!

— Turn exercise into a game, like setting up an obstacle course in the backyard for younger kids or challenging older kids to see who can be the first to hit 10,00 steps a day.

— Make sure you’re setting a good example. If you’re grimacing through a workout dvd, it’s not going to encourage your children to join you. Do something that puts a smile on everyone’s face, like dancing around to music.

— Younger kids especially thrive on routines, so schedule exercise in daily like you would other regular activities. You could take a daily walk after dinner as a family or kick off each morning by doing yoga together. Knowing exactly when you’ll get active helps eliminate the “when will we fit this in?” question.

— Sign up for a group walk together. Whether a mile race or a 5K, kids will love the challenge of getting to the finish line together.

New app lets users see what they’ll look like after losing weight

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For those looking for a visual incentive to stick with their weight loss plan, a new smartphone app may come in handy.

Called Visualize You, the app can process an image of a user at his or her goal weight by utilizing 3D model technology.

The target weight photo can be saved for future inspiration and shared on social media.

The app is available in the Apple App store and Google Play store.

Planet Fitness bans member who complained about transgender woman in locker room

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A Planet Fitness gym in Midland, Michigan, has banned a member after she complained to staff about a transgender woman using the locker room.

According to ABC News, Yvette Cormier, 48, said she spoke to a staff member at the front desk last weekend after she noticed someone "dressed like a man" in the women's locker room. 

Cormier said the person was wearing blush and a wig but looked "very manly."

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The staff member said, "Whatever gender you feel you are, that's the locker room you're allowed to go in," according to Cormier.

The staff member reportedly told Cormier that if she felt uncomfortable, she could wait until the transgender woman left the locker room. 

"I stood back and said, 'How about he waits until I'm done in the women's locker room? Or get a unisex bathroom,'" Cormier told ABC. "He asked if I would like to talk to the manager, and I said, 'I'm calling corporate.'"

The corporate office reaffirmed the company's gender-identity policy. Cormier said she told several other members about the incident, and the gym eventually revoked her membership.

"Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity," the company, which markets itself as a "judgment-free zone," said in a statement. "The manner in which this member expressed her concerns about the policy exhibited behavior that management at the Midland club deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement, and as a result her membership was cancelled."

In an interview with WNEM-TV, Char Davenport, a professor and member of the area transgender community, praised Planet Fitness for its effort to be more inclusive. But she also stressed that many people don't understand transgender issues and may be caught off-guard in similar situations.

"Private showers and changing areas really would go a long way in resolving these issues," she said.

Super-fit mom accused of fat-shaming women with Instagram photo

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British mom Abby Pell says pictures of her fit body she posts to Instagram are meant for motivation and that getting in shape is 'about priorities.'  But critics say she is fat-shaming people everywhere after a picture she posted last year read: "I have a kid, a six pack, and no excuse."

The picture recently started making its way around the Internet after Pell came in 4th place at  a World Beauty Fitness & Fashion bodybuilding competition. Many of the comments left were negative in nature. One Instagram user wrote, "Exploiting your motherhood to show off is despicable and shameless," according to the Daily Mail.

The 33-year-old says she only meant to inspire others."I've been accused of adding to unnecessary pressure put on women and more specifically mums to lose weight," she writes. "I would like to clarify that this is not my objective whatsoever."

Pell – who goes by @superabs on Twitter and Instagram – tells People magazine she works out four to five times a week, concentrating on different body parts each time to achieve her figure. 

Despite the backlash, Pell says she's proud of her pictures and has no regrets.

A photo posted by ABBY PELL (@superabs) on Dec 3, 2014 at 2:06pm PST

Madison James' featured in ‘Best Self Atlanta Magazine’

Madison JamesFitness advocate

"When I was approached by the AJC with the opportunity to share my lifestyle message, I jumped at the chance. As a NPC National Figure Competitor and former Division I Collegiate athlete, I wanted to take my workout to the next level and get ahead of the curve early. I want to challenge people, no matter what their level is. The main focus is to set a goal and keep working till you finish. I hope to share my daily life as a message of a lifestyle, not a diet. If I reach one person, then it is all worth it."

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