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Most moms will do anything to make everyday tasks more efficient to balance out their hectic schedule. Working out is no different. Between maintaining a grueling calendar of activities for the kids, running errands and traveling to play dates with friends and family, working out is not always easy to squeeze in to a jam packed week.
 

Fuse Pilates DC Playground co-founders, Roxanna Hakimi and Sormeh Youssefieh understand the struggle to stay fit amongst the chaos well. Roxanna is a mother of two and Sormeh is a busy mother of three. “Working out is important for my sanity. It’s my one hour of "me" time,” says Hakimi.
 

The Fuse team created a few mini muscle-blasting workouts for parents and busy students to follow when they can’t always make it in to class at the Fuse Pilates DC Playground. Try these tough exercises to tone-up and de-stress at home when making it to a class is not an option.
 

A bunny with temper tantrums? 

An irritable, over-active rabbit who could not concentrate long enough to sort Easter baskets? “That’s what the Easter Bunny would be like if he ate the brightly colored candies he brings children every spring,” said Jane Hersey, National Director of the Feingold Association (www.feingold.org), a charity that helps children with learning and behavior problems.   “Most parents would be shocked to learn that these candies’ vibrant colors come from petroleum-based dyes linked with hyperactivity, inattention, and other problems” said Hersey, whose own daughter's behavior was helped by eliminating these additives. In fact, many synthetic food colorings are produced in Chinese petrochemical refineries, according to Hersey.  “European families have an advantage over American ones in choosing healthier candy, because most synthetically colored foods sold in the European Union must now carry a label warning that these dyes ‘may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children,'” she said.  

For years, cash-strapped schools have turned to fundraising opportunities in an effort to help make ends meet. This has become a controversial topic with many parents, because the fundraisers often tend to be unhealthy, including such items as candy bars and cookies. In fact, according to a report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the use of foods high in fat and sugar remains prevalent in school fundraising, which they concluded requires further attention.
 

“The parents likely feel as if they have their hands tied, when it comes to school fundraisers,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “They want to support the school, but they are not comfortable with what is being offered. There are healthier ways to raise the needed funds, ways which will also help everyone feel better about chipping in.”