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Mental Health Month

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Mental Health Month

Since 1949 organizations like Mental Health America and many others have used the month of May to raise awareness to mental health and substance abuse disorders. While today, these topics are commonly spoken about and discussed more openly; it has taken nearly 70 years to get to this point and will continue to take further dedication to support mental care issues in our society.

This year’s theme at the Mental Health American Annual Conference is Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll. The campaign itself is titled Risky Business, aimed to educate American’s on the mental health risks associated with certain habits and behaviors. A range of risk factors can include prescription drug abuse or misuse, risky sex, internet/gaming addiction, overspending, marijuana & drug use and obsessive exercise or eating patterns, among others. These behaviors could be signs of mental health problems, increase the risk of developing mental illness or exacerbate a previously diagnosed mental illness.

Raising awareness to the risks when these types of behaviors present is important for all ages. Mental Health America is especially hopeful that tis year’s Risky Business messaging will resonate will young people. As with any disease and disorder, early detection, prompt intervention and awareness of warning signs can help save lives.

If you or someone you know and love is exhibiting any of signs listed above, seek help from your or their physician.

Screen Your Mental Health Risks

Screening tests are available online or through your physician for many mental health conditions. Visit to find online screening tools for the following conditions.

• Depression - for individuals who are feeling overwhelming sadness.

• Anxiety - will help if you feel worry and fear affect your daily life.

• Alcohol or Substance Abuse - helps determine if your use of alcohol or drugs is an area to address.

•  Youth Screen - or young people (age 11-17) who are concerned their emotions, attention, or behaviors might be signs of a problem.

• Bi-polar - for individuals who have mood swings - or unusual or extreme shifts in mood and energy.

• Parent Screen - for parents of young people to determine if their child’s emotions, attention, or behaviors might be signs of a problem.

• PTSD - for those who are bothered by a traumatic life event.

• Psychosis Screen - for young people (age 12-35) who feel like their brain is playing tricks on them (seeing, hearing or believing things that don't seem real or quite right).

• Work Health Survey - is a screen to explore how healthy or unhealthy your work environment is. This screen is in its testing phase and every screen taken helps us better understand mental health in the workplace.

• Eating Disorder - can help explore eating related concerns that have an impact on your physical health and overall well-being.

*Please note, these are quick assessments and should not take the place of a discussion with your doctor. Nor do these assessments screen for all possible mental conditions; seek professional help for symptoms listed above and others.

 Sooner is Better

Mental health disorders and conditions, just like their physical counterparts, progress over time. Ignoring early signs of mental illness within yourself or those close to you is no different than ignoring a heart attack or standing by while a diabetic binges on sugar and alcohol. The difference is that it can be more difficult to intervene when you suspect a loved one is struggling with mental health issues or admit problems of your own.

Within the mental health community, experts and professionals are often frustrated that many patients don’t seek help until they reach stage 3 or 4 in the progression of mental care conditions. For reference, stage 4 is often defined as being an “imminent danger to self or others”. As with other progressive illnesses, this near-death state typically only occurs during the latest stages of a chronic disease.

Part of removing the stigma of mental illness is by caring for our loved ones and ourselves exactly as we would with any other illness. There is no room for shame or blame. We must help ourselves and others get the help we need as we would with any other illness.

The best work and best hope for full recovery happens in the early onset of mental illness. This is why increased awareness, coverage, intervention and support are critical. The days of turning a blind eye to other’s problems or ignoring our own symptoms are no longer necessary. There is a better path to take. Help is available. Many conditions are treatable and recovery is possible. 

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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)
Check out our new grab and go fridge! We are offering 4 kinds of wraps, $4.00 each, an easy and quick lunch.

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! The last day of PE will be May 24. Have a great summer!
Kid’s Night In: May 5th- Kids Night In-Mad Hatter Tea Party!!!
Bring the kids from 5pm-9pm for a cozy night in. Bring the kids for an absolutely mad tea party! The night will consist of fun activities, dinner, snack, and finishing up the night 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.
Kid’s Night In:
May 5th- Kids Night In- May 19th- Kids Night In!- Hawaiian Luau
Bring the kids from 5pm-9pm for a cozy night in. Bring the kids out for some fun Hawaiian themed games, crafts and activities. Dinner and a snack are included. And we will top the night off 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.
Summer Camp registration is HERE!
Sign up NOW to secure your spot! Registration is open online at and Q St. Location-Youth Class Registration. Questions? Contact Kara at
Zanshin Martial Arts
The next session of Zanshin Martial Arts will begin May 2- June 22. Contact Daniel McCarthy at with any questions about the program. Registration is online at under youth class registration.
Kid Contracts
Kids Contracts are continuing through the fall for kids who 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 anymore to enjoy the gym.

GROUP X: Joan Beck
Memorial Day Classes
We will be holding a 9 am land water and spin class.

Summer Class Schedule
Be on the look-out for the summer schedule that will start June 5!

PILATES: Charlene Covey

Are you ready for the beach or pool?  It's time to step up your game and get Beach Body Ready!!  Firm and tone up for tank top and swimsuit season with a Jump Board, Bodhi or Reformer session today!  We even have a few combination classes on our schedule, combining your favorites - like Jumpboard/Bodhi OR try a Pilates circuit class with ALL the Pilates equipment!  Email Charlene Covey, Pilates Director at or text or call at 402-679-6386 for more information.

LOVE WINE?  Interested in Pilates and Yoga?  Then join me for a special evening of Pilates, Yoga and Wine!  We'll begin with a 45-minute workout on the Reformer followed by a 15 minute Yoga cool down and topped off with a lovely glass (or 2) of wine! All within the privacy of the Pilates studio. Reservations required. Space is limited, $25 fee. THURSDAY, MAY 11 from 6 - 7:30 PM Contact Charlene Covey, Pilates Director for more information @ or 402-679-6386. 


Meet New Personal Trainer Rachel Green
Hello everyone! My name is Rachel Green, and I am Prairie Life’s newest trainer.

I graduated from the University of South with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and PR. I know you are probably thinking how the heck does one in advertising end up in a personal training position? Well, here’s the story: I grew up living a very active lifestyle. I did gymnastics for 13 years, and then I ran track and played volleyball throughout my middle school and high school years. Shortly into my collegiate career, I realized fitness was a passion of mine that I couldn’t let go. So, what did I do? I got the best both of worlds and gained my NASM Certified Personal Trainer Certification and here I am.

I love helping clients reach their goals and transform their lifestyle. It is one of the most rewarding moments to see someone achieve a goal that they have worked tirelessly for.

Since I am new, I have a fairly open schedule so give me a call if you are interested in training. I may even be able to throw in a free session to show you what I’m all about. Looking forward to starting my journey here at Prairie Life!

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)
Lifeguarding Classes
We have two more Lifeguard Trainings: April 28 - May 1, and May 5 - May 8.  Please go to our Youth class registration online to register.  If you have any questions, please contact
Triathlon Training
Triathlon season is coming up fast, and one of the biggest factors that keep people from competing is the swimming.  Let our experts help you -- we have adult group swimming offered throughout the week, as well as experts available to you for private lessons and coaching.  Contact Peg Ryan at to set you up with one of our groups or a coach.
Summer Youth Swimming Program
Our Summer Youth Swimming program will begin June 7.  Registration will be online, May 5 - May 20, or until classes fill. This summer we will have a Jr Lifeguarding Course, Swim Team, and Kids Triathlon Training.  We're very excited about the summer, and we look forward to seeing you all at the pool!

Manager's Corner

Mother‘s Day is on its Way!

Always one of our favorite days, we love celebrating all the dedicated moms who are also some of our most dedicated members. Sunday, May 14th is her big day – treat her like a queen and be sure she knows how deeply she is loved!

We live in a chaotic society, information is coming at us quicker and we are expected to process everything faster than ever before. Multi-tasking is no longer a highly coveted skill, it is expected. When is the last time you truly did one thing at a time? We are on our phones when we drive, we are texting while we are talking, we are asking Google Home or Alexa for information as we cook dinner… The examples are endless! In this high-paced environment, it’s easy to get swept up in bad habits or behaviors that could put us at risk for mental health issues. May is Mental Health Month and this month’s newsletter explores how risky behaviors can sometimes be warning signs for mental health issues or increases our risks of future mental care conditions.

Again this year, we’d like to thank all the incredible mothers who help us run the clubs. It is because of their hard work that we are here everyday. Thanks to each one you.

Keep your eyes open for the summer class schedule that will be coming soon. 

Happy Mother’s Day, 

Joanna Cole, General Manager

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

Perfit exercise of the month

Build your muscles this May with a PerFit workout!

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



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