Club News

Aquatics Happenings!

We offer group swimming lessons along with private lessons and swim team. Our winter swim team has come to a close and will start up again Jan. 2nd. Our registration for group/private and semi-private swim lessons is open. Once your child is evaluated by one of our instructors on their swim level he/she will be placed in the appropriate group swim class. We work to try and accommodate your schedule as we have many different days and times to choose from. There are three different levels for ages 3-7. We prepare your child for play swim through competitive swim. Whatever you are looking for we have the coaches for you and your family! Please call or e-mail Caitlin Morrison to get your child started today at 615-764-3984 or cmorrison@prairielife.com. If you are currently in our swim program Caitlin will work directly with you on progression of your child into the next level. Happy Swimming!

For more information, contact cmorrison@prairielife.com

Master Swim Club

Prairie Life Master Swim Club 2017 Information Do you want to improve your swimming? Need help with stroke, endurance & speed? Ideal for Master swimmers and triathletes. All swimming levels, beginners – advanced • Attend as many or as few practices as you like. • Fees (per month) $60/member • Age requirements: 16yrs and up • Please complete a 2017 spring registration form. • Any missed practices are not to be made up. Times: 12pm – 1pm Tuesday & Thursday 7:30pm – 8:30pm Monday & Wednesday 7:30am – 8:30am Saturday If you have any questions please email Heather Raymond USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach hraymond@prairielife.com Caitlin Morrison Aquatic Director cmorrison@prairielife.com

For more information, contact cmorrison@prairielife.com

PLF Swim Lessons!

Offered in both group and private settings, our swim lessons are designed to help the swimmer learn to be more comfortable and confident in the water while allowing him or her to advance at a pace that is designed to meet their needs. Every child receives a free evaluation! Stop by our office or email us for more information!

For more information, contact cmorrison@prairielife.com

PLF Puma Swim Team

Prairie Life offers a year round swim team program providing a great learning opportunity to our young members about physical fitness and stroke technique all while having FUN! Schedule Monday through Thursday 5:30-6:30pm and Saturday 11-12pm. We have also added another time to join 6:30-7:30pm Monday through Thursday! Age requirments:5yrs-18yrs. Fees: (per month) $60/member. Your swimmer will receive a free evaluation for placement with one of our coaches!

For more information, contact cmorrison@prairielife.com
Club Newsletter

Managers Corner

Heart Health – What You Need to Know

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Heart Health–What You Need to Know

2016 was heartbreaking. The record amount of celebrity deaths left us stunned. Some of us began blaming the year itself as the culprit for the high number of deaths. Other discussions have pivoted around the idea that many of these untimely deaths can directly or indirectly be linked to current or past drug and/or alcohol use/abuse. There are some statistics that support a decline in lifespan from today’s elderly generation to that of the Baby Boomers or Gen Y. Why? More exposure to both recreational and prescription pharmaceuticals. For every study or expert who shows that trend, there is another that contradicts it, saying that we are all still living longer than humans have ever lived. Proving only that it is too soon for experts to agree. What we do know is that many of 2016’s unexpected deaths were related to heart health; Carrie Fisher. Debbie Reynolds. George Michael and Alan Thicke to name a few.

While the number of high profile deaths shocked us this last year, the reality is that heart attacks, cardiovascular disease and/or stroke are the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Although by now it shouldn’t, people are often still surprised to learn that heart disease kills approximately one woman every minute in the U.S. The notion of heart disease belonging to men is incorrect.

2016 left us questioning how seemingly healthy and fit people suddenly suffer from deadly heart attack or failure? And, most importantly, what can you do if you think it's happening to you or a loved one?

Surviving Cardiac Arrest

First and foremost, we must recognize and not ignore the warning signs of heart attack for men and women, in others and ourselves.

Common Symptoms for Men:

“Elephant on my chest,” pain directly in the chest, and discomfort or pain in other areas, such as one or both arms, the neck, jaw, back, or stomach. Shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, or sweating. Abdominal discomfort that may feel like heartburn.

Common Symptoms for Women:

Chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, extreme fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, pain in one or both arms, upper back pressure, neck and jaw pain, breaking out in a cold sweat.

Once cardiac or heart arrest is suspected, call 9-1-1. Don’t hesitate or “wait and see” – call immediately and then quickly get to work on helping the patient.

According to Jonathan Epstein, a paramedic and CPR instructor for the American Red Cross in Washington, the following steps should be followed.

#1. “The most important thing we can tell the public (is) when you recognize that someone has collapsed suddenly, even if they are unresponsive and show no signs of life, start chest compressions," Epstein said. “For every minute we waste of not starting CPR…we lose about 10 percent of survivability."

#2. There's no need to breathe into someone's mouth. Just push hard on the chest, over the heart, to keep blood pumping to the brain. Press down two inches in depth at a rate of 100 to 120 times per minute. Push every half-second, push hard and push fast. “That is absolutely the best thing we know that will improve chances of survival," Epstein added.

#3. We need to understand that we can help and not be afraid to try to do so. We must be willing to get on the ground and help. Don’t worry about doing something wrong. Doing nothing is the worst thing to do. If you remember one thing, remember this, push hard and fast until paramedics arrive.

Whether you are rich and famous or an everyday Joe, the survival rate of heart attack or cardiac arrest is approximately 10 percent or less. Many reports find that uncoordinated emergency and hospital response play a big factor. Another large factor is that only 3% of the population gets CPR training each year. Training people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation is important, as is having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) handy.

Are you certified in CPR? Ask your employer about employee training. Many HR departments will offer CPR training or reimburse expenses. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

Five Steps to Heart Safety

Genetics do play a role in heart disease but the majority of heart disease can be prevented or controlled by healthy lifestyle choices. Working out, healthy diet, quit smoking, lower cholesterol, lose excess weight, watch blood pressure and blood sugars. And, there are precautions to take before or after a physical exertion, especially if you are middle-aged. Here are a few takeaways to stay heart safe.

1. Exercise

Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Fitness experts say the health benefits actually come from how often you exercise, not how intensely. Strenuous exercise doesn't just mean running a marathon, lifting heavy weights or playing a competitive game of hockey. It can also be shoveling your driveway after a big snowfall or heavy lifting while cleaning the house or moving. Remember to warm-up and cool down, avoid too much exertion, too quickly.

2. Sudden Symptoms

Don’t ignore any weird symptoms you suddenly experience! It is reported that Alan Thicke had the classic sign of a heart attack, chest pain, but also the more subtle signs like nausea and vomiting. Listen to your own body and pay attention to sudden upper body symptoms, like:

• chest pain

• shortness of breath

• nausea

• dizziness

3. Call 911

If you personally experience discomfort or troubling symptoms, the first thing to do is go inside and sit down. If you don't start feeling better in a matter of seconds — remember, seconds, not minutes — call 911 immediately.

4. Aspirin

After calling 911, get some aspirin into your system quickly by chewing a single full-sized 325-mg aspirin. Aspirin is heart attack first aid and it stops platelets from clumping together which helps to stop the clot from building up. Studies now tell us the best way to get the aspirin in your system as quickly as possible is to chew rather than swallowing the aspirin.

5. Time is Not on Your Side

A heart attack cuts off blood flow to one of your body’s strongest muscles, which is why it hurts. Even more importantly, once the heart muscle gets damaged, it's permanent. A damaged heart doesn't beat as efficiently. Waiting longer to get treated increases the risk of additional muscle damage.


































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Upcoming Events at PLF


YOUTH ACTIVITY CENTER:

Dance-Dance-Dance
Come Dance with Miss Megan every Saturday!  Your first lesson is ALWAYS free!  Contact Miss Tambi to get signed up! tmatich@prairielife.com

Tiny Dancers: 3yrs 11:30-12:00pm 
Twinkle Toes: 4yrs 12:00-12:30pm
Ballet Mini: 5-6yrs 12:30-1:00pm 
Members ONLY $50.00 per month 

Reminder: If your 8 and up needs study time…please feel free to bring the work in with them! Kids study between the hours of 3:30 and 5:30.

CAFÉ:

With every new month comes a new surprise at the Prairie Life Café!  The month of the heart bring a yummy new Red Velvet Protein Shake and a surprise heart healthy salad.  Make sure to stop at the PLF Café for your breakfast, lunch or dinner before you head out the door!  

GROUP EXERCISE:

Does the word “Spinning” or “Cycling” send chills up your spine and send you running for the door.  Here is your chance to see what it’s all about and join the calorie burning cycling craze.  Cycling or “Spinning” is a great workout that can be adapted to all different fitness levels, so everyone in the class can do the same workout but challenge themselves individually.   

Sign up for the Intro to Cycle class that we will be holding the last Sunday of every month unless posted otherwise.  

The week of the 12th will be our FTP testing for cycle.  Please be on the look-out (cycle room bulletin board and e-blast) for dates and times that week.  


Are you a Successfully Aging adult or one who is working to get your mobility back to where it needs to be?  Check out the new schedule … we’ve added chair and low impact classes to serve you!!  

This month on Wed. the 15th from 12-2:00pm we will be hosting a Seniors Game Day!  Those of you who’d like to join our Successfully Aging Adult community come on and join the Game! We will be providing the drinks!  


AQUATICS:

Winter Swim Team is in full force.  We now have some openings for members only Monday-Thursday 6:30-7:30 time slot.  You can also ask to be put on the waiting list for the 5:30 time.

Ask about our Private and Group Swim lesson and our amazing Puma Swim Team!!
cmorrison@prairielife.com

Reminder… within the first 30 days of joining, all new members get one free lesson.  Please contact cmorrison@prairielife.com to redeem your lesson!

PERSONAL TRAINING:

On-going PT Classes are coached by our certified personal trainers, giving you the group training atmosphere, but a more personalized environment than our group fitness classes.

X-factor, ladies bootcamp, rock yoga…and more.  Contact Cat channa@prairielife.com for more info. 


The greatest compliment a member can give us is the referral of family and friends!

 

Manager's Corner

Healthy and Happy Valentine’s Day

NAll you need is love and to make as many healthy decisions as possible to stay heart healthy. Don’t stress, cutie, it isn’t good for your heart or for your health. Perfection isn’t the goal; striving for a strong heart and lowering cardiac risk will keep you hugging and kissing, forevs!  

If we can learn from the losses of 2016, not taking anything for granted should be on the list. Heart health is within our control, exercise and a healthy diet is a great place to begin. This month we discuss steps to take if faced with sudden symptoms of heart attack or cardiac arrest with others or ourselves. Check it out today.

Spring is also right around the corner. We are as excited as you! Stay busy and get ready for spring and summer with all of our classes, programs and working with personal trainers.

Will You Be Our Valentine?

 

Laurie Killian, General Manager

PS. Remember to take your workout on the go with the PerFit App! Download it today on the APP Store or on Google Play.

Perfit exercise of the month

Improve your heart health with frequent exercise

Click above to see a video of our exercise of the month and click below to download PerFit, available on both iPhone and Android!


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