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And the winner is…

After a study about childhood obesity recently concluded at the University of Minnesota, researchers discovered that sometimes less is more, in more ways than one. In this particular study, eighty-one families were offered parent and family counseling to measure its effect on childhood obesity.

Researchers found that through this experimental counseling, families were able to positively influence childhood weight with portion control and limiting the amount of sugary beverages allowed at mealtime. The message of eating more fruits and vegetables didn’t really sink in as well with the parents. As with many studies, too many messages can confuse or deter participants. In this study, the lessons of eating child-sized portions in an over-sized world and reducing the number of sodas and sugary drinks were still a win in the fight against child obesity. These lessons can become lifelong eating habits and help children, pre-disposed to obesity, to stay ahead of the fight against lifelong obesity.

Working more fruits and vegetables into their diets would be a great second phase to this study, if it were to continue. Add to that the importance of keeping their bodies in motion and you begin to build a strong nutritional foundation for sustainable health. Teaching the basis of caloric intake versus calories burned may be too sophisticated for kids to truly understand. But, simplifying that message to one that kids can grasp is a great move away from childhood obesity. Essentially, we need to teach kids to “move more and eat less” and we need to remember that lesson as adults. Teaching by example is the best possible way. 

Stop It Before It Starts

Other studies throughout the nation are showing results are for obesity-prevention programs in low-income communities. Obesity, which remains historically high in the U.S., has recently shown declines in preschool-age children. However, obesity is two to three times more prevalent in children from low-income families.

According to one study, Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Weight Management at CUMC and a pediatric gastroenterologist in the Comprehensive Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, "Evidence strongly suggests that instilling healthy habits in young children is a necessary cornerstone in efforts to prevent obesity and its sequelae.” Raising awareness and early education (or detection)… we’re picking up on a theme between all major diseases, aren’t you?

Woo continues, "Though some progress has been made in reducing childhood obesity, not all families are aware that certain strategies -- like eliminating sugary drinks, limiting screen time, and getting enough physical activity and sleep -- help young children achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Solutions that can be scaled-up are urgently needed to prevent obesity in young children at highest risk."

The researchers in this study implemented an intervention at two community-wide offices of the Special Supplementation for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in Massachusetts, which provides healthy foods, nutrition assessment and education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services for low-income families with very young children. Their WIC counselors received special training to deliver consistent messages during office visits about how exercise, sugary beverages, juice, junk food and screen time young children should get. Families at a third community WIC site did not get the intervention but were used as the comparison group.

Children from the intervention sites engaged in more physical activity and less screen time, reduced their intake of sugary beverages and juice and got more sleep compared to children who did not receive the intervention. Overall, researchers felt the intervention was a success and proved that childhood obesity-prevention efforts on a national level would result in lower childhood obesity. This, in turn, could result in decreasing adult obesity and eventually help curtail obesity related diseases. Programs like this would require federal or state funding and a commitment from policy makers to help end the epidemic of childhood obesity.

True or False - Childhood Obesity Epidemic has Stabilized

True-ish — For the past decade or so, it’s been around 17% for American kids overall, according to data from the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. In 2000, that figure was approximately 14%; compared to in the 1970s when it was still under 6%. What has changed in less than 50 years to cause more than a 10% increase in childhood obesity? Our on-the-go lifestyles and the increased availability of fast food seem to be the two likeliest culprits. We mustn’t be too quick to let ourselves off the hook. As parents, we make decisions about what our children eat and serve as their role models. We also often share the very real frustration that it is more expensive to feed our children fresh vegetables and fruits than it is to feed them French fries. As Americans, we have to accept our role in those realities.

“Stabilized” for most but not all; some groups of kids are still getting fatter. Obesity rates are still rising among African American girls and Latino boys. Also alarming is that the proportion of kids who are severely obese continues to grow. We must continue to work together toward a day that obesity does not threaten the future of our children.

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Upcoming Events at PLF

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Camps are still open!! First week of Aug. brings in a fun basketball/dance camp.  Also, we know that week that school starts can be hectic. 
Does Mom and Dad need some “get ready for school” time?  We will be holding day camps with surprise activities for the kids.  Each day including yoga, gym time, swim time and a fun activity.  $45.00 per day per child. 
Registration is OPEN for dance class!!  All ages welcome!! Open House for dance Sunday July 30 from 3-5pm. Come join the fun!

Join our certified archery specialist for a one day archery clinic! All ages welcome. Saturday, August 29th from 1pm-4pm. This has been a class favorite this Summer! Member fee: $75 Nonmember fee: $85

Contact Julie at or head to Prairie Life website to register!

We also have open registration for new dance and volleyball

PLF Youth Strength & Conditioning
Have kids participating in sports this summer? Give them a leg up on the competition!

PFLYouth Sports Strength & Conditioning Camp, is a sport specific training program designed to take any athlete to the next level. The program consists of age appropriate performance based training in the form of strength training, agility and conditioning drills, and mobility and stabilization. The athlete will be introduced to explosive based training that will increase speed, strength, and power.
Training will be led by trainers Percy Blade & Lauren Dreitlein. Percy comes to Prairie Life with four years of collegiate basketball experience, and is now a part of the Trevecca strength and conditioning staff. He focuses on sports specific training and basketball skills training. Lauren Dreitlein is a four year collegiate softball player with years of experience in collegiate strength and conditioning programs. Lauren focuses on sports specific, explosive and strength based training.
Contact our fitness director Cat Hanna for more information

Visit the café for the always fun new additions!  Don’t forget we still have that Detox Shot to keep your insides feeling healthy!

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.

Swim team Clinics:
Need help on working on technical skills, endurance, and getting ready for swim team. Ages 5 and up Work all 4 strokes, starts, streamlines and turns. Must be able to swim 25 yards of the pool- freestyle
Clinics are Monday-Thursday
August 7-10, Aug 14-17, Aug 21-24, Aug 28-Aug 31
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm or 6:30pm-7:30pm Price: $100.00 per week.  Forms are located in hallway by Aquatics office
Prairie Life Masters Swim Club
Practices: Monday/Wednesday 7:30pm-8:30pm Friday 6:00pm-7:00pm
Price: $60.00/month
Need some practice in the water swimming laps or building endurance? Training for a triathlon or Iron Man?
Time trials, work on technique, learn and work on all 4 strokes which are incorporated in the workouts.
Help you reach your goal in the water.
Sign up forms are located outside the Aquatic Office.
Please contact Heather Simmons-Aquatic Director with any questions:
PT-led Group Training-  Interested in taking that new year’s resolution to the next level? Bored with your routine or just need a little extra guidance with your diet? You & a friend (or two!) want to train together? Summer is just around the corner! Contact to chat about your training needs & we'll set you up with one of our top-notch trainers- holding thousands of hours of training experience between them, covering several specialties & training styles. We guarantee results!

PT Classes are coached by our certified personal trainers, giving you a small group fitness atmosphere, but more personalized than our group fitness classes.
X-Factor & X-Factor Endurance with Cat: prep yourself for whatever life may throw at you! Includes high intensity cardio, Olympic weight lifting, mobility training, body weight & gymnastics exercises, classes offered Mon-Sat, email for info.
Prairie Life Fitness is now offering Private Team Training packages for all sports, ages and experience levels! Our team of highly qualified trainers will design a comprehensive training program that is tailored to meet the specific needs of your athletes based on their sport, age, experience, skill level and training goals! Gain an edge on your competition and reduce the risk of injury, while building valuable team camaraderie!
Join Corrective Exercise Specialist Robert Keller, M.S., CSCS as he guides you through a combination of standing and floor (lying down) exercises and stretches that will leave you feeling more limber, balanced and ready to take on the day!  As a devoted educator, Robert will teach you skills that enable you to improve back health, posture, and range of motion in the hips and shoulders, thereby reducing stiffness, discomfort, and risk of injury, while enhancing overall quality of movement.
Classes meet at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the only prerequisite is your ability to get down on the floor for work on a mat.
“Gentle Core & Stretch Class is so fantastic, I wish it had been available when I first joined PLF!  I would encourage everyone to take this class, whether you are a beginner or have been in the gym for years.  Even after the first day I felt significant improvement in my core, which has had such a profound impact on my posture and in reducing my back, knee, and piriformis pain.  With Robert's expertise and hands on approach I have been able to isolate muscles and safely activate the ones that I should, rather than simply trying to mirror an instructor.  I am able to apply every single skill I have learned to any of the other classes I take and now get much more out of them.  It's also a great way to start the day right!” - Cathy Karmiller
To sign up, email Robert at  Invest in your long term health for only $150.00 for four weeks (8 Classes)!
PT Open House- August 26th any questions you have…bring them. 

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


Manager's Corner

Happiness is Long Summer Days

The long, lazy days of summer are here and if you’re anything like us, you love it! We know the heat and humidity is sometimes hard to bear. But, before we know it, cold weather will be back so our advice is to soak it in while you can. Of course, be sure to wear sunscreen and drinks lot of water while doing so.

We love summer because it is a chance for us to see many of you with your families. Teaching kids to be active and healthy through your own lifestyle choices is a gift that keeps on giving. Recent studies in childhood obesity prove that the earlier kids become involved in making healthy food choices, the less likely they are to struggle with their weight or childhood obesity. Read more in this month’s newsletter.

Come for the fun, stay for the sun,


Laurie Killian, General Manager

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