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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.

Club News



Upcoming Events at PLF

Family Game Night
August 24th, 5-8pm

Join us for a night of outside games and bounce house on the pool deck! There will be a $5 meal deal which will include pizza, chips, and a drink! See you there!

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Kid’s Night
In: A Night at the Zoo August 11

Bring the kids 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 are, and non-members are welcome to participate in this event. We will be swimming this month so bring your suit and a change of clothes. Registration is limited so register online at or contact Sara Waters with any questions.

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

Fall Class Schedule
Be on 
lookout for the new fall group fitness class schedule that will start September 11!

Summer Class Challenge

The summer class challenge is wrapping up, so finish STRONG.

PILATES: Charlene Covey

Join us the week of August 21st for FREE PILATES REFORMER CLASSES*!!
During the week of August 21st the Pilates instructors will be offering FREE Pilates Reformer classes*. Sign-up sheets will be at the Pilates Studio by the front doors on August 14th. Or, you can contact Charlene Covey @ for a listing of FREE classes. Space is limited. 
You can also sign up for a FREE Pilates Reformer, Pilates Tower, and Pilates Exo-Chair OR Bodhi Demo at this time as well!  Demos are done in a small group or one on one and scheduled at the convenience of the instructor and the client.
*For new clients only

Matt Johnston

Are you having a hard time being consistent with your workouts this summer? Maybe now is a great time to give something new a try in order to give you some accountability and that extra motivation. We are offering a free personal training session for members and non-members in the month of August! Our certified personal trainers can help you break through that summer slump. Contact Fitness Director, Matt
Johnston to set something up!

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 toworkout 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)
We are wrapping up our summer swim program, with August 3 as the last day for lessons and swim team. It has been a great summer, with participation in our aquatic youth programs at an all-time high!  Thank you all, for making this a great summer!
Our fall program will be online for you to start planning by Aug 15, and registration will begin August 22.  Everything will kick off the week of September 11.
Again, thank everyone for taking the challenge to Pool Safely, and staying safe!


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,

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

Try out this month's PerFit Workout – the Pulley Abdominal Crunch!

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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