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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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Upcoming Events at PLF

From Our YAC:

New Hours:

Starting on October 1, the Youth Activity Center will be closing 30 minutes early Monday - Thursday. So, our new hours are 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday. Our Friday and weekend hours will stay the same. If you have any questions feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at or call Leyna at 402-483-2322.

Playful Penguins Kids Club:

Playful Penguins Kid's Club meets every Wednesday from 9:00 AM – noon. 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. Age range is 1-5 years old. If you have any questions feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at or call Leyna at 402-483-2322.
Fall Break School's Out Day Camp:
Don't forget to sign your child up for Fall Break Day Camps in October. Prairie Life Fitness will offer camps on Friday, October 13, Monday, October 16, and Tuesday, October 17.

We offer 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM care in a fun and safe environment with lunch either brought from home or can be purchased from our Café. Each day camp will revolve around a specific theme with activities, arts and crafts to keep each child entertained. We do make room to swim on our daily schedule along with time spent in our gymnasium. We do ask that all campers bring a swimming suit, a water bottle and wear tennis shoes, as we like to stay active throughout the day. Price for members is $35 per day. Guests will pay an additional guest fee of $6. We do provide before and after care for $5 per child.

**Cancellation without notice will result in forfeiting full camp fees.** If you have any questions feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at or call Leyna at 402-483-2322.
Kids Night In:
Our October's Kid's Night In will take place on Friday, October 20 and it's going to be a spooky one. Kids will decorate mini pumpkins, enjoy popcorn and M&M's out of a scary mummy hand, and the best part... we will be watching a Halloween movie outside, so dress accordingly.

Dinner is always included. 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 or call Leyna at 402-483-2322.

**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 canceling 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.**
Halloween Party:
Come join us on Thursday, October 26 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM for the spookiest night of the year. Everyone is invited for a fun evening of ghastly games, twisted treats, and putrid prizes, play in our bone-rattling bounce house, and check out our hair-raising haunted house! Dress up in your Halloween best and have a slice of paranormal pizza.

The cost of this event is $5 per child in advance, $6 at the door. Children 2 and under are FREE. Pizza and beverages are available for an additional cost. Sign up at the front desk starting Monday, October 2.
Due to the Halloween Party, the Youth Activity Center will close at 5:30 PM on Thursday, October 26. If you have any questions feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at or call Leyna at 402-483-2322.
Fall Youth Class Registration: 2nd Session:
Youth Gymnastics and Dance Class registration for the second fall session will open up on Monday, October 16 and run through Friday, October 27. Gymnastics and Dance classes will start the week of October 31 and end the week of December 18. (No class on Tuesday, October 31 or Saturday, November 25).

Each class will cost $35 each session, and will be taught by highly qualified instructors with years of experience.  Details about the May recital will be send out in January. If you have any questions feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at or call Leyna at 402-483-2322.
From Our Aquatics Department:

Group Swim Lessons:
Current Session August 28 – October 23
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Evenings at 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30 PM
Saturday mornings at 10:00, 10:35, & 11:10am
Levels 1-6 and Aqua Tots Available
Questions? Contact Parker Temple, Aquatics Director at or call Parker at 402-483-2322.

Youth Swim Team:
Ongoing NOW; plenty of spots still available!!
Kids Practice Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 7-8pm.
$25/member & $50/non-member
Registration Online Now at
Questions? Contact Parker Temple, Aquatics Director at or call Parker at 402-483-2322.
New Private Swim Lesson Bundle:
Beginner Package*: 4 for $80
Intermediate Package: 6 for $150
Advance Package: 12 for $276
Each Lesson is 30 minutes One-on-One with an Instructor of your choice! Contact Parker to set up your lessons today! Email at or Call at 402-483-2322
*Beginner packages are for first time purchase only

From Our Café:

Soup is back on Monday, October 5th.
New items include - Croissants, Sargento snack packs, Bang energy drink, New XS drink flavors
New café hours are in effect for the fall/winter season.  
Mon - Fri 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sat – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sun 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

From Our Pilates Department:

We continue to introduce you to our Pilates Staff. This month you will meet Dusty Hatt.
Dusty has been with Prairie Life Fitness since 2006. She is the Director of Indoor Cycling, a Personal Trainer, a Pilates Reformer instructor and a Group Fitness instructor. Dusty has always loved exercise in any form, she has been involved in sports and fitness her whole life. She received a scholarship for springboard diving from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and is an All-American, nationally ranked diver. Dusty believes fitness should be a part of everyday life and can be FUN, you just have to find the right workout. 
"My favorite exercise on the Pilates Reformer is any kind of planking. There are so many varieties available and all of them challenge you physically and mentally. I think integrating Pilates Reformer into your regular workout plan is a great way to avoid injury, work on muscle imbalances and strengthen your core. I have seen improvements in my posture, my strength training (because my core is so much stronger) and my muscle tone, since I have started doing Pilates Reformer." 
Fun Facts:
Married for 13 years
2 kids: 12-year-old boy, 8-year-old girl
Coaches Springboard diving for LSE
Loves to sing
Loves to read
From Haysville, KS
Has 2 degrees: B.S. in Political Science and B.S. in Mass Communications
Dusty would love to work with you on the Allegro 2 Pilates Reformer. Contact Dusty at and she will set you up with a FREE demo!!

From Our Personal Training Department:

Meet new Personal Trainer, Levi Gipson

I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer born and raised in Lincoln. I spent a lot of my childhood around this Prairie Life when my mom was an employee, and this early exposure to Prairie Life gave me an appreciation for health and fitness that continues to enthuse me. I went to Lincoln Christian for high school, and then I studied Nutrition and Exercise at UNL. While at UNL, I had the privilege of being on the Track and Field team where I was able to learn from and compete with some of the nation’s very best for 4 years. I started my personal training career at the UNL Campus Rec. Here I was able to train a wide variety of individuals from ages 18 to 75, and I quickly learned that personal training is a great way to intentionally impact peoples’ lives in the short and long term; this inspired me to dive deeper into the profession in order to benefit many other individuals as they strive for their goals. While I like and can train many different styles of exercise, I particularly enjoy mixing cardio and strength training to be lean and strong. Outside of work, I am in graduate school at UNL to get my Masters of Business. For fun, I like to play pretty much any sport, do outdoor activities such as biking, or go to city-sponsored events around town for the food and entertainment.

More specifically about my history, I was involved in many sports throughout high school that allowed me to train in many facets of exercise including strength, endurance, power, flexibility, balance, and agility. These personal experiences have given me a vast base of knowledge that I use as a trainer. Being a Division-1 athlete track runner at UNL has given me a priceless experience because I learned so much by being trained at the highest collegiate levels mentally, physically, and nutritionally. As a trainer at the Campus Rec, I was able to work with young college students, elderly faculty members, and everything in between. I assisted a couple of my clients in 25+ pounds of weight loss. I was able to help other clients reach their goals of increasing strength, improving flexibility, increasing muscle tone, and decreasing bodily aches. My past experiences have provided me with the knowledge, skills, and interactions that give me great confidence as a trainer. Please contact me if you have any questions or are interested in training because I am sure I can help you reach your goals. Even if training does not interest you, I would still love to meet as many people at Prairie Life as possible, so please stop me and say “hello” sometime! I always look forward to good conversations, especially on topics such as faith, food, or sports. 
I would love to meet you and see how I can assist you as we strive for a healthier and happier YOU! Contact me for a Free Consultation at 402-730-5936 or
Beginner’s Luck
with Levi Gipson
If you are a Beginner to weightlifting, then you are in Luck.
As a new Prairie Life trainer, I want to join you as we improve on your fitness journey.

  • Learn basic lifts
  • Learn proper warm up and cool down
  • Learn correct and safe technique
  • Learn what areas of the body to focus on
  • Build confidence and strength
Choose one FREE small group demo session at the following times:
6:30 AM Monday October 23rd or 8:00 AM Wednesday October 25th.
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Frequency: 1 time per week
  • Length: 1 hour classes

After the demo, we’ll find a recurring time that works best for those interested.
Please sign up at the front desk or contact Levi at 402-730-5936 or
The 21 Day Sugar Detox Returns Right Before the Holiday Season Hits!
Don't let another holiday season derail you from hitting your goals. It's time to jump on board with The 21 Day Sugar Detox at Prairie Life! The 21 Day Sugar Detox is a nutritional reset that helps curb your sugar cravings and put a stop to the blood sugar roller coaster. Plus, the detox is real food based, meaning no crazy pills, bars, or shakes to buy OR points/calories to track and count! Previous participants have noticed huge changes in their skin, cravings, sleep, digestion, mood, and so much more! Isn't it time you share in their success too?

 Here's what is included in The 21 Day Sugar Detox:
· Program Guide (NEW!)
· The 21 Day Sugar Detox Book or Cookbook (NEW!)
· 3 Group Meetings
· Daily emails
· A private Facebook group
· Handouts and Guides
· Recipes
· Email and text support from Olivia
· Grocery shopping guides
·  And so much more!

Ready to Sign Up?
Olivia is hosting a FREE Informational Meeting on Monday, October 23 at 6:15 PM in Studio B. The detox begins Wednesday, November 1. Contact Olivia Borer at to sign up today or to request more information!

Private Group Meal Prepping Classes Now Available!
Looking to get ahead on meals for the week? Look no further than private meal prepping classes with Holistic Health Coach Olivia Borer! It's the perfect plan for a mom's day, birthdays, work parties, and so much more!

Simply gather a group of 4-8 friends, family, or co-workers, pick a date and time that works for everyone, and Olivia will take care of the rest! Shel will provide the recipes and grocery lists; you'll provide a portion of the ingredients for everyone to share. At the end of the meal prepping class, everyone will walk away with five ready-to-prepare meals for the week ahead. As a bonus, all meals are freezer friendly to save for later, as well as real food based and gluten-free!

Cost: $25 per person + your share of the ingredients for the group (minimum of four participants)
Date and Time: Group's choice! The class will take 1 ½ - 2 hours total
Interested? Want to get your private meal prepping class scheduled? Contact Olivia Borer at today!

Bioindividual Nutrition: A Wellness Seminar
Whether you are looking to lose weight, gain muscle, or burn fat, it all comes down to what is on your plate and fueling your body. Discover the best way to achieve your goals through the power of nutrition at the Bioindividual Nutrition Wellness Seminar. Your presenters Ray Kotschwar, Certified Nutritionist and Store Director of Max Muscle - Lincoln, and Olivia Borer, Holistic Health Coach and Certified Personal Trainer, will lead you through the all the details about making your wellness goals a reality!
The InBody Body Composition Analyzer will also be on hand to test:
· Body Weight
· Lean Body Mass
· Skeletal Muscle Mass
· Percentage Body Fat
The seminar will be held on Thursday, October 5 at 6:15pm in Studio B. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Contact Olivia Borer at for more information and to sign up today!




New Trainer Spotlight: Marc Tangeman


Marc Tangeman, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, joined our staff in July of 2017.

He is originally from Papillion, NE and a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln where he majored in Nutrition Exercise and Health Science.

He became interested in fitness and nutrition after years of playing sports as a kid and young adult. As a student at UNL Marc was fortunate enough to be able to work in both the Sports Nutrition and Strength and Conditioning departments for a couple years giving him a good insight on the holistic approach of health and wellness. During this time he was also personal training clients helping with anything from weight loss to muscle and strength gains and everything in between. In Marc’s down time he enjoys fishing, biking, playing sports, reading and of course weightlifting.

Marc states, "I have been an avid fitness and health enthusiast for a few years now and there's not one part of it that I don't love. My favorite areas include TRX, interval training, and general weightlifting. The best part about being a health and wellness coach is watching the transformation of someone as whole, not just the weight loss or the muscle increase but seeing the overall happiness and confidence grow as someone continues to get better and accomplish their goals.

"If you have any questions or would like to set up a complimentary appointment you can reach me at 402-212-7108 or I look forward to getting to know you!"


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,

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


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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