Club News

Summer Camps!!!

Starting June 2nd through August 1st we will be running camps Monday through Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm. The kids will have many activities to choose from each day like basketball skills, dance, songwriting, art, glitz and glamour, speed drills, flag football, model rockets and more!! They will also swim everyday and be doing kids yoga and kid fit classes. It’s going to be awesome! $175/week for members and $225/Week for non-members. Swim lessons are available during swim time. $25/week. Sign up in our Youth Center! For more information email Tambi Matich at tmatich@prairielife.com or call us at 615-764-3984.

For more information contact tmatich@prairielife.com

Easter Activities

Bring the kids for Easter on the Prairie!! April 19th Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 am, face painting and we hope to have the Easter Bunny visit us too!!

For more information contact tmatich@prairielife.com

Group Fitness Department Easter Weekend Changes

7:00 AM Saturday Mat Pilates CANCELLED. All other Saturday Classes are ON. EASTER SUNDAY: ALL GROUP FITNESS CLASSES ARE CANCELLED.

Bring a Friend Free Friday

We would love for you to introduce your friends to your club. So, bring them all in on Friday April 25th. Over 18 with local ID required.

For more information contact lkillian@prairielife.com
Club Newsletter

Managers Corner

April is Cancer Control Month

April showers have finally brought us to springtime after a cold winter. Like you, we are always happy for warmer days! We are inspired by your dedication to living a healthy lifestyle year-round. We hope the warmer days find you ready and excited for your favorite outdoor activities and events.

April also brings us to Cancer Control Month. While we cannot control cancer in it's entirety, we can make ourselves strong enough to fight back if and when it affects our life or the life of a loved one. If you are fortunate to know someone who has beat the odds and survived cancer, make April the month you check in with them. Ask if there is anything you can help with and by all means, if they support a cause, support them in their efforts by participating in cancer awareness events!

Membership Special: Refer a friend or family member, receive $25 credit to account.

SPRING INTO SUMMER SALAD...$6.00 plus Tax...Consists of fresh baby spinach, carrots, blueberries, cucumbers and avocado...served with Balsamic vinaigrette. Add boiled eggs for $1.00 more!
**Special snack items and Island Oasis Smoothies will be available also!

Welcome spring!

Laurie Killian, General Manager

Cancer Control Month

Perhaps, two of the most difficult words to ever hear are: "incurable cancer." A fellow fitness friend told us of the news he received nearly two years ago.

As an avid runner, cyclist and weight lifter, his shock was quickly replaced with anger as he dealt with, "Why me? I have always taken such great care of myself. I just can't understand how I have cancer." Being a competitive athlete, he did not take the news lying down. He moved past anger to gratitude in the advancements cancer research has made, as he puts it, "enough" progress to give him treatment options. He went all in and underwent a stem cell transplant, with levels of radiation that had to be administered by doctors and nurses in hazmat suits.

While he can't reverse the original diagnosis, he has bought himself a "little more time" to spend with his family and friends. As soon as he was able, he got right back into the gym to regain some of the strength he lost during treatment. He credits being in good physical shape, when the diagnosis arrived, for giving him the strength he needed to fight a tough battle. He would never have guessed he'd need his lifetime of strength to fight cancer, but without it, he may not be here with us today.

He has also chosen to use his time to raise awareness about the advances in cancer treatments. This man generously shares his story with others at cancer events in his area and believes that education and cancer awareness are critical, both on a personal and global level.

Several cancer awareness months are spread throughout the year. Each of those months is designed to bring awareness to specific types of cancer. April marks Cancer Control Month, which focuses on reminding us that more needs to be done to keep cancer at bay.

How Do We "Control" Cancer?
As the above story illustrates, even those of us who take exceptional care of ourselves are susceptible to any type of disease. Living a healthy lifestyle doesn't shield us from disease caused by genetics or environmental exposure. However, living healthy and keeping your body strong pays off by giving us strength to face life's unexpected challenges.

This is why regular exercise and eating healthy is at the top of every prevention list. Other lifestyle decisions to reduce the risk of cancer—such as quitting smoking or chewing tobacco—include, using sun protection and undergoing recommended screenings. See your doctor for regular check-ups, report any unusual symptoms and ask all the necessary questions to get the best treatment possible.

Cancer Survival & Caregiving
Another focus of Cancer Control Month is survivorship. Cancer treatments can increase the risk of other health conditions. Lung, heart, cognitive issues and musculoskeletal problems are among some of the health conditions cancer survivors are faced with after treatment. Cancer survivors still need support for themselves and are usually the first ones to offer support to others. Doctors, nurses and clinicians report that many survivors are often less likely to ask for help "post-cancer" because they don't want to burden their loved ones any longer. Also, survivors often deal with bouts of depression and anxiety, as they fear the return of their illness. As a nation, we can do more to support survivors as they rebuild their lives cancer-free.

Another aspect of any illness, especially a prolonged illness like cancer, is the caregiving that takes place behind the scenes. Cancer is a family disease, in that it brings families closer together as they care for their loved one. Caregiving, however, brings with it many emotions that need to be acknowledged. Caregiving is an important and fundamental role during your loved one's diagnosis, treatment and recovery. This too is an area that, as a nation, we can do more to support the caregivers who often feel overwhelmed and unprepared for their new role.

Don't Go At It Alone
Cancer Control Month serves not only as a reminder for increased awareness, the need for continued research and fundraising opportunities, but it is also a time for celebration. Although we still have so far to go when finding a cure, we are moving forward as a nation and a world, to find new treatment options and possible cures.

Undoubtedly, some type of cancer in some way has affected your life. Show your support by wearing the color or ribbon associated with your cause. Not just during it's designated month, but continue to show your support year-round to keep cancer awareness where it should be; at the forefront of the lifestyle decisions you and those you love make each and every day. A simple online search for "awareness events, ribbons and products" will take you on the path of being an active cancer awareness supporter!

January (Teal)
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

February (Green)
National Cancer Prevention Month
Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month

March (Red & Blue)
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

April (Lavender, Light Blue & Burgundy/White)
Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

May (Gray & Black)
Brain Cancer Awareness Month
Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

June (Lavender)
National Cancer Survivors Day

July (Yellow, Purple/Blue/Peach)
Bladder Cancer Awareness Month
Sarcoma Awareness Week

September (Peach, Light Pink, Orange, Yellow, Burgundy, Teal, Aqua, Pink/Purple)
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
Hodgkin's Lymphoma Awareness Month
Leukemia Awareness Month
Lymphoma Awareness Month
Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

October (Pink & Green)
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Liver Cancer Awareness Month

November (Purple, White, Light Blue, Zebra Print)
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Month
National Family Caregivers Month
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

Injury of the Month: Concussion in Sports

Definition:
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Effects are usually temporary but can include problems with headache, concentration, memory, judgment, balance and coordination.

Concussions are common, particularly if you play a contact sport such as football. This injury needs time and rest to heal properly. Most concussive traumatic brain injuries are mild and people usually recover fully. However concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity and all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.

Common Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion Include:
• Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
• Temporary loss of consciousness
• Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
• Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
• Double or blurry vision
• Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Sensitivity to light or noise

The Brain Injury Association of America and our network of state affiliates, including self advocates, families and volunteers across the nation, marked Brain Injury Awareness Month this March. A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone-a brain injury does not discriminate. In fact, 2.4 million Americans sustain a brain injury each year. Early and equal access to care for all is our goal.

From: Nicole Schnaus, MSPT

Upcoming Events

General:
-April 26th 11:30-12:30 Swim Meet
-Life Guard Training...Times and Dates TBA...email cmorrison@prairielife.com for more information.
-Parents Night Out...April 26th 6pm-10pm

Youth Services:
Summer Camps!!
- Sign up now to reserve your spot!!
- 8 Weeks to choose from and lots of fun options for your child!
- Members and Non-Members Welcome.

Ballet is back!! We will be holding class on Saturdays, starting March 8th.
Tiny Dancers-age 3 years from 10:00-10:30am.
Twinkle Toes-age 4 years from 10:30-11:00am.
Ballet Mini-ages 5-6 years from 11:00-11:30am.
Primas-ages 7-12 years from 11:30-12:15pm. $40/month.
Sign up in the youth department.

Morgan Morris, our amazing new instructor, is a professional ballerina who currently works for the Nashville Ballet. We have started basketball skills on Friday afternoons. 3-5 years from 4:30-5:00pm. 6 years and up from 5:15-6:00pm. Coached by Robert Johnson. Robert played basketball in college and played pro ball over seas for many years. He also coaches private lessons. $20/month. Sign up in the youth department.

Personal Training:
Run Club Schedule
Monday - 6AM w/Andrew, 3PM w/ Shane
Wed - 7AM w/Shane, 6PM w/Andrew
Fri - 6AM w/Andrew
Sat - 830AM - Longer Runs begin in April
Questions Email anelson@prairielife.com

3 Iron-Strength and Power for Endurance Athletes
Classes are Tues and Thur 7:30-8:25AM
- Build a Stronger and More Functional Core - Improve Running, Cycling and/or Swimming Economy - Increase VO2Max - Improve Functional Flexibility for Endurance Sports- Running, Swimming, Cycling and Triathlon - Balance the muscles that get overused during endurance events - Build a better, stronger fitness base regardless of goal distance - Improve athletic focus and mental strength for events lasting longer than 45mins - Strengthen the muscles necessary for faster movement with less risk of injury

Group Fitness:
Ever tried Pilates Reformer? All first-time classes are free! Try it out today with Hannah, Katie, or Julianna! Check the schedule for added classes! Buy packages of 10 or 20 sessions.

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