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4-Person Golf Scramble

Save the date for our 14th Annual 4-Person Golf Scramble Tournament at Crooked Creek on Saturday, June 24th! More details coming soon!

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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 this 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.

Club News



Upcoming Events at PLF

Club Events:
Cinco De Mayo Zumba is scheduled for Friday, May 5th. Zumba will be in Studio A from 5:30-6:30 PM. The Café will be offering drink specials that evening from 5:00 – 7:00 PM! Come join the fun!! !! Contact Chelsea regarding Zumba at or Jessica regarding the drink specials at

Prairie Life Fitness Open House, May 18th-21st. Fun details to follow – stay tuned to our Facebook page!

Youth Activity Center Events:

Playful Penguins Kid's Club
Playful Penguins Kid's Club meets every Wednesday. We will focus on different activities to get the kiddos moving either in the gym, swimming pool, or in our gymnastics room. A snack will be provided. The cost for this is $15 for the first child, $12 for the second, and $10 for the third. Ages range is 1-5 years old. If you have any questions feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at

Kid's Night In
Our May Kid's Night In will be Friday, May 12th from 5:30pm-9:00pm. Our theme is Hawaiian Beach Party. We will hunt for glow sticks in the pool, limbo, dance, and watch Moana. The cost of this event is $20 for the first child, $10 for the second, and $5 for each additional. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at **Registration deadline is always the Thursday before the event. If you register late on Friday, the late registration fee is $5.00, this will ensure that we have the appropriate amount of staff and food available.** **Cancellation Policy: Those who cancel for whatever reason 24 hours prior to the event will NOT be charged. However if cancelling less than 24 hours before the event there will be a cancellation fee of half the amount due. If you do not cancel at all you will be charged the full amount due.**

Summer Day Camps
**First Session starts on Tuesday, May 30th.**
Summer Day Camps 2017 is now open for registration. Prairie Life Fitness offers all day care 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday! We swim daily, do arts and crafts and fun gym games with an afternoon snack (provided). Each week is themed to excite children in learning something new! Our day camps provide a balanced schedule that offers a variety of activities throughout the day.

Sign up today at, because space is limited!

Contact Leyna with any questions at or call 402-483-2322.
From Our Aquatics Department:
Any questions please contact our Aquatics Director, Tyler Zoubek at or Call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

  • Group Swim Lessons:
    • Next Session June 5-July 28
    • Mondays & Wednesdays Evenings 4:30, 5:00 & 5:30pm
    • Tuesday & Thursday Mornings 10:00, 10:35, & 11:05am
    • Levels 1-6 and Aqua Tots Available
    • Registration begins May 21st
  • Summer Swim Team:
    • Starts May 30
    • Kids ages 11-18 will practice from 8:00-9:00 AM, and ages 10 and under will practice from 9:00-10:00 AM, Monday – Friday
    • $130/member & $200/nonmember
    • Register at the front desk!
  • Outdoor Pools:
    • Right now the outdoor pools will be filled by May 3! *Reminder they will not be heated right away!
    • We will start guarding the outdoor pools on May 24th
  • New Private Swim Lesson Bundle:
    • Beginner Package*: 4 for $80
    • Intermediate Package: 6 for $150
    • Advanced Package: 12 for $276
Each Lesson is 30 minutes One-on-One with an Instructor of your choice! Contact Tyler to setup your lessons today! Email at or Call at 402-483-2322
*Beginner packages are for first time purchase only

From Our Pilates Department:
 May demos on the Allegro 2 Reformer!! Join Justin on May 4 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM or 11:00 AM – noon, or Deena on May 17 from 4:00-5:00 PM or 5:00-6:00 PM. Sign-up sheets will be in the Lobby. We are always offering demonstrations on our Pilates equipment. If you want a Jump Start or Demonstration, please contact Anne Lenz, Pilates Director, at or call Anne at 402-483-2322 and she will get you set up!

From Our Cycling Department:
We now offer a Tuesday and Thursday 5:45-6:45 PM Cycling class! Our Tuesday night class became so popular due to members requests, we have added Thursday night. Come join us for another opportunity to burn some serious calories. For our complete schedule check online at, 70th and A Street, or call Dusty at 402-483-2322.

The Café Corner:
The Café is now open 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday through Friday and has expanded their menu to include some new breakfast items; delicious fruit parfaits, breakfast burritos, bagel sandwiches, healthier oatmeal and an egg patty for a protein option. We can add veggies and even some meat to help boost that protein number even more!
The warm weather will be here soon and that means that the outdoor pool will be a hot spot too. Your Café staff is working hard to get the poolside service idea rolling and maybe even a snack shack for continuous treats throughout the day. Keep your eyes open for more great products and service. We appreciate you and all your support.   

Contact Jessica with any questions or comments at, or call Jessica at 402-483-2322.

From Our Personal Training Department:

30 Day Reset with Olivia Borer, Holistic Health Coach
May 2017 at Prairie Life Fitness

As spring is now upon us and summer is drawing closer every day, there is no better time to make sure that you are on track for one of your best (and healthiest!) summers yet! And it all starts with the 30 Day Reset at Prairie Life Fitness!
 How do you know if the 30 Day Reset is right for you? Ask yourself the following questions:
  • Do you have inconsistent energy levels?
  • Are your joints achy or stiff?
  • Are you having a difficult time losing weight, despite all of your hard efforts?
  • Do you suffer from any skin condition, digestive distress, or allergies that medication hasn't helped?

These symptoms can often be traced back to the foods we are putting in our body on a regular basis - even the "healthy" foods! The 30 Day Reset will change your relationship with food and reveal which foods in your diet that could be having a negative impact on your health, without you even realizing it! With the 30 Day Reset, commonly inflammatory foods will be eliminated (grains, dairy, legumes, sugar, alcohol, and soy), while a greater focus will be placed on the healing foods (animal protein, seafood, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits) for a total of 30 Days.

Included in the 30 Day Reset are handouts and guides, yes/no foods lists, recipes, a private Facebook group, weekly meetings, daily emails, text and email support, an optional meal plan and grocery list, and so much more! The cost of the program is $89.
 If you are interested in all that the 30 Day Reset has to offer you, please join Olivia Borer, Holistic Health Coach, for a FREE informational meeting about the 30 Day Reset on Wednesday. April 26 at 6:00pm in the Personal Training Studio.

Any questions about the program or to sign up for the 30 Day Reset, please contact Olivia Borer at or you can also sign up at the front desk.

It's time to push the reset button on your health.
It's time to transform your relationship with food.
It's time to change your life!
- The 30 Day Reset begins Monday, May 1 - sign up today!

May Wellness Seminar; Summer Survival:
Summer trips, parties, and events are just around the corner. How will you be prepared to stay on track towards your health goals? Don't let another crazy, busy summer derail you! Join Olivia Borer, Holistic Health Coach and Personal Trainer, for a wellness seminar all about surviving the summer while making healthy choices too!
Together, we'll discuss:

  • Simple travel workout ideas
  • Travel and convenience foods
  • Healthy dishes to bring to summer parties
  • And so much more!

 Choose which date and time works best with your schedule:

  • Saturday, May 20 - 11am in the Personal Training Studio
  • Thursday, May 25 - 6:15pm in Studio B

The cost of the wellness seminar is $10, and non-members are welcome as well and will be responsible    for a guest fee in addition to the $10 seminar fee.

To sign up, please contact Olivia Borer at!



Employee Spotlight: Jessica Crawford, Café Director & Cycling Instructor


Jessica joined our PLF staff as the Café Director in January and also began teaching Cycling classes in February. She was born in San Rafael, CA, but moved to Carson City, NV before the age of one. The youngest of four children, Jessica grew up in a family neighborhood in the capitol city of Nevada. Her childhood is filled with fantastic memories of playing outside with friends, riding her big wheel, swimming in the river and playing sports

Jessica states, “I’ve always been an active person but at the age of seven I joined a softball league where I found my passion for competitive sports. I also played basketball and ran track but softball was where I truly flourished. After graduating high school I attended some community college and soon completed my bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne.

I married my husband way back in 2001 and am a mother of two boys. My family and I moved to Lincoln so my husband could attend UNL to obtain his Ph.D. My husband is an officer in the Air Force so we move around quite a bit. This is our second time in Nebraska, we were stationed at Offutt AFB a few years back. During our tour at Vandenberg AFB (2009) I became an AFAA certified group exercise instructor and started working in the fitness industry. I loved it and found another way to share my big personality and get my fitness on as well! I’m so happy to still be a part of it.”

When asked what she likes best about being a part of the PLF family, Jessica stated, “I love the sense of community and state pride that the people here in Nebraska have. The people here have been warm and friendly towards me and seem genuinely happy to see the changes I’ve made with the café. During my time here I hope to make lots of great new friends, continue having adventures and help make the Prairie Life Fitness café a success.”

Welcome aboard, Jessica – we are lucky to have you as a part of our team! Say hi to Jessica the next time you are in the building. She will tell you about the new items in the Café and ask you to join her Tuesday, Thursday evenings at 5:45-6:45 PM for her high energy Cycling Class!!

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 every day. Thanks to each one you.

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

Happy Mother’s Day, 

Luke Shepherd, 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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