We're REALLY Self-Conscious at the Gym

As we previously told you,a recent study found that the majority of Americans feel intimidated by the gym, and now a new poll seems to confirm that folks worry about being judged when they head for a workout.

A poll by Planet Fitness, which claims to be a judgment-free zone, finds that 45% of folks say fear of being judged keeps them from the gym, while 62% of people actually make an attempt to get in shape before they head to a facility just for that reason. 

Sadly, 42% of people feel judged for their body type during their workout, with 16 million Americans saying they’ve been talked about behind their back while at the gym, with 11 million saying they’ve been pointed and laughed at and 10 million insulted to their face.

And being judged at the gym is such a worry for people, that 54% of folks actually say they would find a way to work out in an area of their gym that was free of judgment, which is an increase of 7% since 2017.

Source:Market Watch

These days it isn’t uncommon to see kids with their own cellphones. Now, when the right time for a child to have their own phone is up to the parents, but when they decide it’s time, Verizon is here to help.

Starting tomorrow, Verizon is offering what they call their “Just Kids” plan, which includes 5GB of 4G LTE data plus unlimited talk and text to 20 contacts pre-approved by the parents (which can be changed using an app). There will also be no overage fees for data, with speeds slowed down if a child goes beyond their data allotment.

The plans will also offer the company’s Smart Family protection, which will let parents track their kids’ location, control their online screen time and limit the content they see. There’s also a “pause Internet” function so parents could block Wi-Fi and cellular data.

In order to get the new kids plan, at least one of the parents must have a Verizon "Go," "Beyond" or "Above" unlimited plan, and as for the prices it will depend on how many lines a family has. For a family of three adding a "Just Kids" line it will set them back just $5 a month.

Source:USA Today

There’s a good reason Whole Foods has earned the nickname "Whole Paycheck," since food there tends to cost an arm and a leg, but now things are about to change.

Starting today the company is slashing their prices. Hoping to bring in more customers, the cost of hundreds of items are being cut by 20%, with most of the products being in the produce section. For example, mangoes will now be sold for $1 each, while rainbow chard will cost $1.99 a bunch.

And if you’re an Amazon Prime member, the discounts will be even bigger, withthe company offering“double the number of exclusive weekly Prime member deals and deeper discounts," with Whole Foods boasting about “300 Prime member deals on some of the season’s most popular items."

  • New Prime deals include $2-a-pound off both asparagus and strawberries,
  • 20% off prepared sandwiches and wraps,
  • 35% off Justin’s brand products and more...

This is actually the third time Whole Foods has cut prices since they were acquired by Amazon in 2017, with experts noting that the initial cuts seemed to slowly creep back up over time. Some experts believe this price cuts may last longer, since hundreds of items have been discounted this time. 

Source:New York Post

Every day, millions of people hop into an Uber or Lyft to get around and they don’t think twice about it. Most of the time, there are no issues and the ride-hailing services provide quick, convenient and affordable transportation, but the case of South Carolina college student Samantha Josephson reminds us that things can go terribly wrong. She was recently killed after getting into a car she thought was an Uber and her story has prompted a rideshare safety campaign. So before you get into an Uber or Lyft, follow these tips to keep yourself safe.

Uber

  • Wait inside for your ride- Don’t stand outside alone with your phone in your hand any longer than you have to.
  • Pay attention to the vehicle- Compare the make and model of the car and the license plate number to the one listed on the app. Look at the driver photo and name and make sure it matches the info on the app as well.
  • Look for the beacon- In some areas, Uber is now using a glowing sign it calls a "beacon" and it glows in a color the passenger chooses, so they’ll know exactly which vehicle is the one they ordered.
  • Use caution- Anyone can order dashboard LED lights that say “Uber” or “Lyft,” so don’t trust those. And Uber rides can only be requested through the app, so don’t get into a car with a driver who says they’re with Uber and offers you a ride.
  • Sit in the backseat- Gives you personal space and will allow you to get out safely on either side.
  • Let a friend know- While you’re on the way, tap “share status” in the app to share your driver’s info with a loved one so they can track your trip and see your ETA.
  • Don't share too much info -You don’t need to give your phone number or contact info to your driver.
  • Trust your instincts -Use your best judgment and if you feel like you’re in an emergency situation, call 911.

Lyft

  • Before you get in -Ask the driver who they’re picking up. The app gives the driver the passenger’s name, so they should be able to tell you.
  • Call it in- If you’re in a situation that you feel threatens your personal safety, first call the authorities and thenreport the problem to Lyft.
  • Leave the gun at home- Lyft doesn’t let drivers or riders carry weapons, even where it’s legal to, so don’t bring it.
  • Rate your driver- If you rate someone three stars or below, you’ll never be matched with them again.

Source:USA Today

Most parents would agree that getting kids to do chores like picking up toys, making their beds and putting dirty clothes in the hamper can be tough, so when a mom of 16 - yes, 16!! - kids shares how she gets her kids to help around the house, we’re all ears. Jeni Bonell and her husband, Ray, are mom and dad to nine boys and seven girls between the ages of four and 28 and life at their house is pretty busy, but they have a system to keep things organized and make sure everyone’s doing their part.

The family from Queensland, Australia figured out what works for them and it’s pretty simple - a rotating chore chart. It hangs on the wall and tells everyone what’s expected of them and how to do each job. Jeni says they’re flexible with the jobs, taking into account the kids’ commitments to sports and activities and they rotate jobs each night so everyone gets a chance to learn a different skill. It’s a simple idea, but with that many people, it really makes a huge difference.

“We have very few complaints about it. Everyone gets on with it and accepts there are a lot of things to do in a family of this size,” Jeni explains. “I’m pretty proud of the kids. They’re independent and pretty skilled.”

Source:Yahoo

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