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Adult Swim Program

Novice - Tuesday mornings 8:00-8:45am. with Jerrett. Advanced is Wednesday mornings 915-10:15am with Julie Barr. Monday 5:30-6:30PM is Advanced Adult Swimming with Katie S. and Beginners Adult Swimming with Katie Q. TRIATHLON TRAINING: Time to get into summer shape. A triathlon is the perfect way to get you to your goals. Concerned about the swimming or the distance? A Sprint Triathlon is your answer. Whether it's a Sprint or an Iron Man triathlon you're training for, our experts can help get you ready! We will meet for ten weeks, swimming Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6am - 7am, and hold group bike rides on Saturday mornings that will include tips on simple bike fixes and tips to have you training and performing at your peak! We will also provide nutrition planning for training and for the race day. The ten weeks begin soon -- click on Youth programs to register online, or contact Peg Ryan at

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Managers Corner

Get Off to a Healthy Start

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Get Off to a Healthy Start

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? The reasons why vary and the choices of what you eat for breakfast makes all the differences. If sugary cereals or frosted pastries are your go-to morning starters, you could argue the validity of that being the smartest way to start your day.

A walk down your grocery‘s store grocery store's cereal aisle can be confusing and overwhelming. The marketing messaging on the front of cereal boxes is one of the best examples of the power of persuasion in our culture. Package design of cereal boxes is a key reason that cereals still take up a full aisle. Companies constantly redesign packages and add phrases such as "high fiber", “gluten-free” or “low sugar” hoping we will add their products to our carts.

Be certain to make choices based on information found of the nutrition facts on the label versus the marketing ploys on the front of the box. This is where you find how truly healthy a product is. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, who ran the Battle Creek Sanitarium, is credited for inventing breakfast cereal. Kellogg was an avid vegetarian and wanted to develop a ready-to-eat meal based on cereal grains to replace the heavy meat breakfast of the late 1800s. He also wanted something to help provide better digestive health to his wellness customers.

Once cereal became popular, companies competing for sales. In effort to improve flavor, they began to refine the grains and add sugar. Over time, cereal has become a prime source of added sugar in our diets.

Cereal can be a healthy choice for breakfast or a snack if you choose one that is 100 percent whole-grain, high in fiber and low in sugar. Choose cereals that have less than 7 grams of sugar and at least 5 grams of fiber. Stick to the portion size listed. For many cereals, that's only one-half cup. Look for the whole-grain symbol on the package or "bran" in the list of ingredients.

In the 1990s, cereal sales peaked. With the increased popularity of low-carb diets, sales of breakfast items like yogurt and breakfast bars have increased throughout the years. Cereal companies have worked overtime to make cereal more appealing to consumers by using whole grains, less sugar and creating healthier breakfast options.

Healthy cereal also provides nutrients that many of are often deficient in. These include magnesium, zinc and selenium. Your body runs better when fueled with adequate amounts of these nutrients. They are found in whole-grain products such as whole wheat, oats, brown rice and others. You should get at least 48 grams of whole grains each day.

Use breakfast to start meeting your day’s goal of protein and fruit. A breakfast that includes cereal will be more filling and more healthful if it also includes a little protein and some fruit. Adding milk provides some protein, but Greek yogurt adds more. Considering using it in your cereal instead of milk. Fresh, dried or frozen fruit can easily be added to your cereal to meet the requirement of consuming two or more cups of fruit a day.

Doctor, Dietitian or Nutritionist?

If you are someone who is in need of learning how to use food to live a healthier life, your doctor may not be the only stop you need to make. Several worldwide studies have shown medical students are starved of nutrition and obesity education. For example, a study published in Academic Medicine found that in 2008-2009 only 27% of 105 medical schools met the minimum 25 required hours of nutrition education set by the National Academy of Sciences, which was actually down from 38% in 2004 (40 out of 104 schools based on another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). This number went down while the obesity epidemic went up. On average, new medical school graduates could answer only 52% of the nutritional questions.


Packed medical school curriculum, medical education can feel like drinking from afire hose on maximum flow. Medical students need free time to do things like sleep and bathe. The argument is that medical students can’t learn everything, so some things getless attention. However, not teaching about the nutrients patients put in their mouths everyday and one of the biggest health problems in the world makes little sense. Many argue that obesity and nutrition education should replace much of the minutiae taught in medical school.

Many doctors assume that nutritionists and dietitians will be available to help, that insurance companies will cover their assistance and that patients will follow-up with that extra step. The current obesity epidemic, in addition to uptick of diseases that could be reversed by healthy eating simply proves that this scenario is predominately not the case. Perhaps nutritionists or dietitians are available in some hospitals and clinics, but not all. Plus, unless a doctor and a dietitian decide to partner together, there will be many times that a doctor must make nutrition-related decisions without a dietitian.

Nutritionists and dietitians aim to assist in a person's journey to reaching optimal health through food and nutrition. Moreover, increased familiarity with nutrition will facilitate conversations with nutritionists and dietitians. In fact, many doctors strive to become nutrition and diet experts. Medical schools should help the next generation of doctors reach this position. Finally, obesity goes well beyond nutrition. Diet affects obesity, but so does physical activity and other things such as the environment, economics and metabolism. Together, doctors, nutritionists and dietitians can help patients take control of their health with sensible eating habits and diet choices.

We are in the midst of a global obesity epidemic. Obesity can also lead to so many different diseases, ranging from diabetes to cardiovascular disease to cancer to many mental health issues. Changing your diet could help prevent as well as treat many different diseases. Ask your doctor for information or seek information from a nutritionist or dietitian today. Healthy eating isn’t about being “skinny”; it is about giving your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and strong.

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Upcoming Events at PLF


Blood Drive: March 22

The American Red Cross will be here at Prairie Life on Wednesday, March 22 from 1-7pm to receive donations. Walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit or sign up at the PLF front desk.

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Youth Punch Cards
Now offering Youth Guest Punch Cards! Use them towards swim lessons or team, racquetball, gym time or just to come hang out with mom and dad! 10 visits for just $50+ tax. For more details please see the front desk. (Buy a punch card today and get your first visit FREE)

March Madness/Open House
Thursday March 16th - Saturday March 18th

Thursday 16th:

We are kicking off March Madness right! Skip the dishes!  We will have a Sloppy Joe meal deal as well as offer our full cafe menu! Stay for the Beer Tasting from Nebraska Brewing Company... Let the kiddo's play in the bounce house and sit back and watch the games! We will even have a Basketball  Contest to really get into the spirit of the game! It is sure to be a great time had by all!

Friday 17th:

Shake your Shamrocks from 5:30-7 in a FUN and ENERGIZING Zumba party!  Stay and have a few beers to celebrate St. Patricks Day as we will be runing a $2.00 beer special after the event! It will be the best Zumba class, south of the Balarney Stone!

Saturday 18th:

Demos, samples, and FUN all morning long from 8-12pm. Come see why we LOVE PLF!!!

See the club for more details!


New Café Items:
Complete Cookies-protein cookie, flavors vary weekly $3

We have pre workout scoops watermelon and orange $3

We also now offer grab and go sandwich wraps $4 


Kara Lyles & Susanne Draper

Homeschool PE     

Homeschool PE run on Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 2pm. Personal Trainer Jake Wood will be here to run, jump, and play with your kids!

Kid’s Night In: March 10: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!
Bring the kids from 5pm-9pm for a cozy night in. The night will consist of fun activities, dinner, snack and finishing the night up with a movie. Cost for the first child is $20 and $15 for additional children, all children must be on the same membership, or same family. Ages 3 and older are, and non-members are welcome to participate in this event. Registration is limited so register online at or contact Kara Lyles with any questions.

Zanshin Martial Arts
The next session of Zanshin Martial Arts will begin March 7- April 27. Contact Daniel McCarthy at with any questions about the program. Registration is online at under youth class registration.

Taste of Summer Spring Break Mini Camps
Each day of camp will be themed to one of our summer camp! We will be summing as well to be sure to bring your suit. Cost for mini camps are $30 per day per child open to ages 5 and older. Registration is open online at

Monday 3/13: Junior Chefs

Tuesday 3/14 Wacky Olympics

Wednesday 3/15: Mad Scientist

Thursday 3/16: Out of this world

Mad Hatter Tea Party: March 25 12:30-4pm
Come and join us for an afternoon in Wonderland! Dress as your favorite Alice in Wonderland! Lunch, tea, activities, and a movie will be provided. Cost: $20 for the first child, $30 for 2, $35 for 3, and $5 for each additional child after.

Schools Out! March 20th 9am-12pm
Bring the kids to get their pent up energy out while you enjoy some time to yourself. There will be a bounce house, activities, and a snack is included! Cost: $15 for the first child, $25 for 2, $30 for 3, and $5 for each additional child after.

Kid Contracts
Kids Contracts are continuing through the fall for kid that are 9+. To get a kids contract you need to have a parent and child stop in the nursery to read and sign a contract. It is a great way for our older kids that don't want to come in the nursery or adv. room any more to enjoy the gym.

GROUP X: Joan Beck
We are doing a cycling fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation on March 9th in honor of late member and friend Todd Schmitz. Watch for details.

PILATES: Charlene Covey

March is BODHI madness month!!
We are bringing the Bodhi Suspension system out of the Pilates studio and into the gym. We'll have free demonstrations of the Bodhi throughout the month of March. Sign up by the Pilates studio and if you can't find a time that works, don't worry! Just give us your contact information and we'll set up a demo time that works best for you.

The BODHI (bo-dee) is the world's first four-point suspension system. You will improve your balance, your range of motion, and your flexibility all while using your core to move through the exercises. It's a workout like NO OTHER!

NEW BODHI classes forming soon. Contact Charlene Covey, Pilates Director for more information @ 402-679-6386 or


Teens in Training (TNT)

Boys and girls ages 10 to 13 are encouraged to take a safety course with one of our certified personal trainers on how to properly and safely train upstairs. Once they have graduated from the certification program they will be permitted to workout upstairs with a guardian 19 years or older. (TNT50)

Teens, ages 12 an order can also choose a package in which they will receive their certification along with 3 personal training sessions. The training sessions will be geared towards the teen’s strength, ability, and coordination. These sessions will allow your teen to have a better idea of what types of workouts will be beneficial for them and their growing and changing body. This course is a one-time fee of $120.00. *Additional personal training can be purchased. (TNT120)

Manager's Corner

This is How I Refuel

Healthy eating habits aren’t about dieting. It isn’t about being skinny or eating all fruits and vegetables. Healthy eating is a lifestyle, which gives your body the nutrients it needs to help prevent disease and obesity. Diet can also reverse adverse effects from disease and help your body heal. Learn more about the importance of a healthy diet and where to turn when you decide to incorporate food into your health plan in this month’s newsletter.

March into a season of fitness madness at the club this month. From shooting hoops to fitness classes, yoga, Pilates, working with personal trainers, setting new goals and more; the club is ready to meet your fitness needs. Spring is near and we are prepared to help you get bikini and speedo ready!

Pinch-proof yourself this March by coming to see us often this month. We are lucky to have you members of our leprechaun crew. The gold in the pot at the end of out rainbow is you.

Erin Go Bragh,

Joanna Cole, 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

March into a season of fitness madness!

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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