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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

From Our Aquatics Department:

Group Swim Lessons:
Next Session August 28 – October 23
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Evenings:
4:30, 5:00 & 5:30pm
Saturday mornings: 10, 10:35, & 11:10am
Levels 1-6 and Aqua Tots Available
Registration starts July 30 online!

Youth Swim Team:
Starts August 28 for the month of September
Kids Practice Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 7-8pm.
$25/member & $50/non-member
Registration starts July 30 Online!

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 Tyler to setup your lessons today! Email at or Call at 402-483-2322 with any swimming lesson, group or private, questions.

*Beginner packages are for first time purchase only
Summer PLF Penguins Swim Team Recap:
42 Penguins were on the PLF summer swim team this summer. They started workouts the end of May and ended with the Championship Meet Monday, July 17 at the Bob Devany Sports Center. The youngest swimmer was age 5 and the oldest was 13. The Coaches were Head Coach, Nikki Pappas, Assistant coaches Kim Pappas and Darren Mehay. If you have a little Penguin interested in swimming with the team, sign up for Fall Swim Team and then your swimmer would have a head start to next summer! Fall practice begins Monday, August 28! Register online at!
Here is a recap of the Championship Meet:
Capital City Champions: 1st place

  • 9-10 Boys Medley Relay: Ben Springer, Truman Paulsen, Braxton Frederick, Reid Frederick
  • 9-10 Girls 25 Back: Kate Ost
  • 11-12 Boys 50 Back: Nathan Springer
  • 8 & Under Boys 25 Free: Austin Gubbels
  • 9-10 Boys 25 Free: Reid Frederick

 2nd Place Finishers:

  • 13-14 Boys Medley Relay: Darien Hendrix, Devnin Hendrix, Trey Glines, Robbie Heller
  • 11-12 Girls 50 Back: Izzy Apel
  • 8 & Under Boys 25 Breast: Austin Gubbels
  • 8 & Under Boys 25 Free: Braxton Gunn
  • 13-14 Boys Free Relay: Trey Glines, Devin Hendrix, Robbie Heller, Darien Hendrix

 3rd Place Finishers:

  • 11-12 Boys Medley Relay: Jack Dynek, Max Apel, Nathan Springer, Easton Gubbels
  • 9-10 Boys 25 Breast: Reid Frederick
  • 11-12 Boys 50 Breast: Max Apel
  • 9-10 Boys 25 Free: Ben Springer
  • 9-10 Boys 100 IM: Ben Springer
  • 11-12 Girls 100 IM: Izzy Apel
  • 11-12 Boys 100 IM: Nathan Springer

 Here is a breakdown of our time drops:

  • 24 total seconds dropped on relays (13 relays total)
  • 114 total seconds dropped on individual events (64 total)-This is unheard of!!  We also had several swimmers swimming an event for the first time.  If swimmers didn't drop, they were right at their best times.
  • Our biggest time drops came from Robbie Heller for the boys, who dropped a combined 9 seconds in both his individual events and Anneliese Maiefski for the girls, who dropped a combined 18 seconds in both her individual events!

Great job Penguins!! Hope to see you all in the fall and next summer! Keep swimming!!

From Our Youth Activities Center (YAC):

Summer Day Camps
Only two weeks left for our Summer Day Camps 2017! Our last two weeks will run July 31st-August 4th and August 7th-11th. Splash into Summer Day Camps at Prairie Life Fitness. From arts and crafts, daily trips to our swimming pool, fun gym games, along with our super sizzling themes that will keep your child entertained all day long! Our day camps run Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm. Sign up today at or call Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director at 402-483-2322. Space is limited. Daily Drop-In's welcome!

Kid's Night In
Donut want the summer to end?! You do not want to miss our Kid's Night In August 11, from 5:30-9:00 PM . Our theme is Donuts and Pajamas. We will swim outside, eat pizza, decorate donuts, and watch a movie. Don't forget to wear your pajamas. 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.**

Fall 2017 Youth Class Expo
Everyone is invited to Prairie Life Fitness on Saturday, August 12th from 10am-12pm to preview all the fall youth classes. You will be introduced to the new gymnastics and dance instructors, get an opportunity to check out the new gymnastics equipment, and if you sign up with me that day, you will be able to save $5 per class. We look forward to seeing you there. Questions? Contact Leyna, YAC Director at or call Leyna at 402-483-2322.

Fall 2017 Youth Classes
Youth Gymnastics and Dance Class registration will open up on Monday, August 14th and run through September 1st. Gymnastics and Dance classes will start the week of September 5th and end the week of October 23rd. Our next session of classes will pick right back up and run the week of October 30th through the week of December 18th. Each class will cost $35 each session, and will be taught by highly qualified instructors with years of experience. We are super excited about the new gymnastics equipment, and the end of the year recitals for both dance and gymnastics. Details about the recital will be send out in January. Questions? Contact Leyna, YAC Director at or call Leyna at 402-483-2322.

Playful Penguins Kid's Club
Playful Penguins Kid's Club meet's 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

Join us Friday, August 25 from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM for our Last Splash of the Summer!! We will be grilling, have Sno Cones and our Obstacle Course set up to wear all the kids out! Of course the pools will be open as well for everyone to cool off and have lots of FUN!! Please join us. Questions? Call 402-483-2322 and any one in Membership should be able to help you, or contact Leyna at Hope to see YOU and YOUR family there!

Café Corner
Every Friday through August 25 will be Float Friday!
Purchase a Prairie Life Fitness Mug for $3 and get a FREE soda float!
Need something a little stronger?
Purchase a mug for $5 and get your first alcoholic beverage FREE!
Already purchased a mug?
Bonus deal - your first Friday Float is only $.50 or your first Friday alcoholic beverage is only $2 when you bring in your mug to reuse. Regular price after that.
Did you know that you can have your birthday party at Prairie Life Fitness?

For Birthdays, Church, School, Youth Groups, Athletic Teams or any other organizations!

Your Party Package Includes:

  • Guest Fee for up to 10 people
  • 3 Hour Party Rental
  • Party Decorations, Soda, Lemonade and Water
  • Use of the Swimming Pool and Gym!

Optional Package Additions Include:

  • Kids Meal Options for all your guests
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Hip Hop or Jazz Dance Instructor teaches a 30-minute class
  • Party Host leads 1 hour of fun games in the pool or gym 

Contact Jessica Crawford at 402.483.2322 or to reserve your party time. Times available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays after 1:00pm
From Our Pilates Department:
We thought you might enjoy getting to know our Pilates Staff a bit better. We will start with our Director, Anne Lenz.

Anne is a Registered Nurse and the Associate Club Manager of PLF and has been with PLF since 1996. She is a wife and mother of four. She is a certified Mat and Reformer Pilates Instructor and has held an AFAP Personal Training Certification. She has taught Group Fitness classes since 1984 beginning with Dance Aerobics and moving to Water Aerobics in 1985 for which she is the Director here at PLF. She has also been a Trainer for the State of Nebraska with the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program and certified Leader for AFAP. She has coached swimming at the youth and Masters level since 1980.
The more Anne learns about Pilates, Mat, Chair, Orbit and Reformer, and there is always more to learn, the more she sees how it relates to day-day activities. In nursing, Anne was the Assistant Head Nurse of a neurological-surgical unit dealing with many patients who had back issues. She is able to bring that experience to her Pilates classes. Many times she has thought how there would be fewer people with back issues if they could learn to strengthen their core! Anne loves seeing people get in touch with their core – “It is so exciting to see their faces when they ‘get it and feel it!”

Some of Anne’s favorite exercises on the Reformer are the Legs in Straps series, also a favorite of her clients. Legs in Straps work the abs and legs. It teaches you to stabilize the hips and you get an awesome stretch all at the same time!!

If you are interested in a Jump Start or free demo, please contact Anne at or call Anne at 402-483-2322.

From Our Fitness Center Department:
Power Meal Prep - Walk Away with FIVE Ready-to-Prepare Meals for the Week Ahead!

Join Olivia Borer, Holistic Health Coach, every Saturday in August for a meal prepping event like no other. Each participant will be responsible for a specific portion of ingredients that will be shared with the group. At the end of the class, everyone will walk away with five ready-to-prepare meals for the week ahead. Recipes and grocery lists will be provided in advance. All recipes will be real food based, gluten-free, and delicious of course!

 The Power Meal Prepping class will be held all Saturdays in August (5, 12, 19, and 26) from 9:00am-10:30am. Each class is limited to 8 participants, and participants can sign up for as many of the classes as they wish. The deadline to sign up for each week's class is the Wednesday before that Saturday to ensure enough time to send and receive grocery lists and go shopping!

The cost is $25 per week + your share of ingredients for the week ($40-$75).

Those wanting to sign up or wanting more information can contact Olivia Borer at The seminar is available to members and non-members. Non-members will be responsible for a guest fee in addition to the $25 + groceries fee.

 *Please note that we will not be cooking the meals during the class; rather, we will be preparing them to be cooked in a shorter amount of time later in the week!  Additional side dish recipes will also be provided to make the night of with the recipes.

New Classes with Personal Trainer BJ!!

Family Fitness Bootcamp
Let's Get Healthy Together!
Monday evenings at 6 pm
6-week class Aug 21st-Sept 25th
Games, Races, Teamwork and FUN!
*All ages and all fitness levels are welcome*
Family Pricing Available
Call or email BJ Withrow or sign up at the front desk.

Keep Your Fitness Promise
Get fit now, B-Fit training with BJ
Full Body High Intensity Camp
Saturday mornings 8 am.
6-week Class Aug 19th-Sept 23rd
Call or email BJ Withrow or sign up at the front desk.



Member Spotlight: Peg Genoways


Peg Genoways has been a PLF member since August 2011. Here is what she has to say about her PLF experience:

“I have Cerebral Palsy that affects my left side and at times I have painful muscle spasms. Physical therapy relaxes the spasms, but it doesn’t help with strength and weight control. I decided exercise and change of diet was the only answer, so I talked to the Prairie Life staff about a personal trainer who could deal with my special needs.

"About 4 years ago I got set up on a plan to spend 30 minutes, twice a week, with Rachel as my personal trainer. We spent some time on exercise and also some time on diet change and management. After Rachel moved away, I began to work with April. We have been working together for about a year now.

I have lost between 25 and 30 pounds on this schedule and my strength in both my affected and unaffected muscles has improved. I now come one day a week to work with April and once a week for a Yoga class offered by Prairie Life. I have changed my life for the better as well as changing clothing sizes!”

- Peg Genoways

Congratulations on your success, Peg, and keep up the great work!!


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,

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

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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