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Skechers Shape-ups for Girls anger parents

Shape-ups, adult sneakers made for toning by Skechers, are now made for young girls. The shoes have caused some parents to protest the product through a petition. Augusta Christensen, who started the petition, says the sneakers send this message to girls: “You’re never too young to start hating your body.”

Leonard Armato, president of Skechers Fitness Group, says that Shape-ups for Girls are intended to promote exercise and fitness, and that the advertising has the same message as Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign against childhood obesity. (Strollerderby, Huffington Post)

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Maclaren company are reannouncing the recall of Maclaren’s USA single and double umbrella strollers sold before November 2009. The announcement comes after continued reports of injury, such as children’s fingers getting trapped in the strollers’ hinges. The product was first recalled in November 2009. (On Safety)

A diagnosis of malignant melanoma makes one mom rethink how she and her children can enjoy the sun during summertime. (Salon)

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