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Think Pink!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month shouldn’t be the only time of the year we openly and freely talk about the importance of breast health. Whether you personally love ‘em, hate ‘em or don’t care about them, chances are someone you know and/or love will be affected by breast cancer in her (or his) life. With over 1 in 8 women being diagnosed during their lifetime, it’s time we all pay attention.

While the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer is a 90% and the 10-year is 83%, it is the second most common cause of cancer death, after lung cancer. Monthly self-exams and early detection can extend, if not save, a life. Cancer is not a death sentence and breast cancer treatments are becoming more advanced each year. This October, or any month of the year you choose, take time to educate yourself on preventative measures for yourself and those you love. When it hits one of eight women you know, be ready to jump in to help.

Once a breast cancer diagnosis is given, if affects the entire family. Grandmothers, mothers, sisters and daughters are often genetically linked by breast cancer. When one family member is diagnosed, the concern is about her but the worry ripples throughout her bloodline. Breast cancer screening is available and should be considered for women forty years old and older.

Exercise is Good for the Girls

Recently researchers at the University of Illinois, along with collaborators at Digital Artefacts in Iowa City, Iowa, and Northeastern University in Boston, studied the link between fatigue, physical activity and the performance on cognitive tasks in nearly 300 breast cancer survivors.

Their research found that cancer patients and survivors have a weapon to fight fatigue and "chemo brain" at their disposal - a quick and brisk walk.

"The data suggest that being more physically active could reduce two of the more commonly reported symptoms in breast cancer survivors: fatigue and cognitive impairment," said study leader Edward McAuley, a professor of kinesiology and community health at Illinois. "Most people think, 'If I exercise, I'll become tired.' In our study, exercise actually was associated with reduced fatigue, which in turn was associated with better cognitive function."

Memory problems or shortened attention spans are two common cognitive impairments that cancer patients and survivors often share. These symptoms are thought to be similar to decline due to aging. Past research at University of Illinois had explored the effect of physical fitness on age-related cognitive decline, which led the researchers to test whether cancer survivors would respond similarly to exercise.

"Other studies of cancer survivors have relied on small samples of cancer survivors, and used self-reporting measures of physical activity and cognitive function, which can be very biased," said postdoctoral researcher Diane Ehlers, the first author of the study, which is published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. "What makes our study novel is that we had objective measures for both physical activity and cognitive performance, and a nationwide sample of breast cancer survivors."

Digital Artefacts in Iowa City is the developer of the commercial neuroscience app BrainBaseline and they custom tailored an iPad app for this study. The app included questionnaires and activities to measure attention, memory and multitasking skills. The researchers sent each participant an accelerometer to also keep track of daily physical activity. 

"We found that higher levels of daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity were associated with better performance on the cognitive tasks measuring attention, memory and multitasking," Ehlers said. "What was notable was that physical activity's effect on cognitive performance was mediated by fatigue. This provides evidence that physical activity interventions targeting fatigue in cancer patients and survivors might provide promising models for improving cognitive function as well."

The researchers are now planning to conduct further studies to conduct an iPhone-based study and focusing on diverse populations of breast cancer survivors.

"The message for cancer patients and survivors is, get active!" Ehlers said. "Even if it's 10-minute bouts of brisk walking. It's not a magical cure-all, but we've seen many benefits of physical activity for cancer patients and survivors."

Our Yearly Reminder!

Each year we also like to bring attention to the other causes and issues honored in October. Although October is most commonly known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, other important topics and diseases are also recognized this month. Looking through this list, we all know someone whose life has changed because of something here and understand the importance education and awareness brings.

  • National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • SIDS Awareness Month
  • Spina Bifida Awareness Month (promoted by the Spina Bifida Association)
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day (15th)
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (first full week of October)
  • World Mental Health Day (10th)
  • Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week (12th-20th)
  • National Health Education Week (third full week of October)
  • International Infection Prevention Week (third full week of October)
  • Respiratory Care Week (last full week of October)
  • Healthy Lung Month
  • Red Ribbon Week (last week of October)
  • Eye Injury Prevention Month
  • Home Eye Safety Month
  • Health Literacy Month

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Be our guest at our annual Halloween party on October 26th, 5:30-7:30pm! Fun for all! We will have lots of games and activities, and bounce house for the kids and dinner for the family! Presale: $9 entry & meal OR $5 entry only. Day of Event: $6 entry, $5 meal.

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Bring the kids Friday, October 13th from 5pm-9pm for a fun night in. 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, and non-members, are welcome to participate in this event. Registration is limited so register online at or contact Sarah Waters with any questions.

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GROUP X: Joan Beck

Check out our schedule for this Fall. We have a new Cardio Circuit class on Mondays at 9:15 am with Peg and a new Cardio Circuit on Tuesday at 4:45 pm with Danielle!!
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Personal Training

New Battle Rope Conditioning Class

Battle rope training is a full body workout that is high intensity but also low impact. This training uses oversized long ropes to add resistance while burning fat and strengthening your abs, arms, shoulders and engages your core and legs. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) with battle ropes won't strain your body the way high-impact activities do and can improve aerobic and anaerobic capacity in just 4 weeks. Battle rope training burns approximately 10 calories a minute. That's 300 calories in just 30 minutes!!! That's more than burpees and squats!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from 6:00 to 6:30, we will be offering a free introduction class. Regular class will be every Wednesday starting October 18, 2017, from 6:00 to 6:30. Sessions will be 30 minutes long and last 6 weeks.

Contact Heather Schmit for more information at

Personal Training Department has several new Small Group Classes starting this month! We have everything from TRX Classes to Boot Camp Classes and they will be lead by a variety of different trainers! If you want to get more details or are interested in trying one out contact the Fitness Director, Matt Johnston at


Lorrie Johnson

New Fall Shake: Cinnamon Apple! (Vanilla protein, Almond milk, apples, cinnamon, and vanilla) Yum! Don’t forget about our Grab N Go wraps. Only $4! Also as a reminder, we sell Pre-Workout: Orange and Watermelon.


Manager's Corner


Show You Care, Be Aware! 

Cheerleaders, screaming fans, game day, falling leaves, cooler temps… Halloween?!?! Hello, what’s there not to love about October? Basically, it‘s one of the perfect months. It’s tough to mess up the weather, regardless of where you live. TV schedule is usually pretty good. The kids shouldn’t be causing too much trouble in school yet… Heck, you might even have a little tan left from summer. October – a beautiful month!

Maybe that’s why they chose it for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Probably not but for whatever reason, October is the month that it is politically correct and encouraged to talk about “the ladies!” Now that we have your attention, breast cancer is no joking matter and is an issue that both women and men need to educate themselves about. In this month‘s newsletter, read about a new study that proves the health benefits of physical fitness in the fight against breast cancer. Who knows – perhaps against all cancers?

Happy Halloween!

Looking forward to a great month,

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


Scare those calories away with this month's 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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