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Prairie Life Pumas Summer Swim Team

Season Dates: June 2nd – July 18th Practice Schedule: Monday-Thursday • 9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m. Starfish 10 and up and Dolphin 7-10yrs • 10:00a.m.-10:45a.m. Dolphin 7-10yrs and Guppy 7 and under • 5:30p.m. -6:30 p.m. All Groups Fees: $125/member $175/non-member

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PLF Water Fitness

We offer a variety of different water fitness classes each designed to meet the needs our members. Each class is designed to target various aspects of overall health and fitness. Stop by our aquatics office to get a schedule of our classes!

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Managers Corner

Hey Sugar, Fight Cancer by Eliminating Sweets



Hey Sugar, Fight Cancer by Eliminating Sweets

We all know sugar isn’t “good” for us, but how many of us truly examine the harm it can do. Sugar interferes with our healthy and balanced physiology. Cancel cells thrive on sugar, making it even more problematic. Need proof? When a patient goes in for a PET scan to see if cancer is spreading, they are given dextrose, a form of sugar. Since cancer cells have more receptor sites for sugar than for anything else, the radioactive dye is easier seen on larger cells. It is also makes growth easier to detect. 

All of our healthy body cells need oxygen to survive. Cancer cells, however, get energy through fermentation. Simply put, sugar fuels the survival of cancer cells. Continued consumption makes them thrive.

According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, “High blood sugar and insulin levels also lead to elevated levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Milk cows injected with hormones, elevated IGF-1 plays a major role in the progression of many childhood cancers and in the growth of tumors in breast cancer, small cell lung cancer, melanoma, and cancers of the pancreas and prostate. Whether it’s the insulin, the body fat, the inflammation, or the hormones, many studies support the flat-out fact that sugar equals cancer.”

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2004 showed that women who ate the highest glycemic (or sugary) foods were three times more likely to develop colon cancer.

Alternative or Artificial Sweeteners?

Stevia, a natural herb stevia is the recommended alternative sweetener. Xylitol® is also an acceptable alternate. These both work great in baking and will help satisfy cravings for sweets without potentially causing cancer.

Maple syrup and honey are also natural but they will still cause a spike in blood sugar. Only eat in raw, organic forms if you choose these alternatives to sugar. Regular exercise will be required to burn off the extra calories of these natural beauties.

Anything packaged in pink, blue, and yellow packets are made in a lab and should be taken out of consideration. Saccharine, Nutrasweet®, and Splenda® are concentrated chemicals and have no business being in the bloodstream of anyone wanting to stay cancer free.

Sugar is found everyone and is probably impossible to avoid. According to published reports, “the top source of sugar for the vast majority of North Americans is soft drinks. Other sources include processed meats, pizza, sauces, breads, soups, crackers, fruit drinks, canned foods, yogurt, ketchup, and mayonnaise.”

As health conscious consumers, we can do our best to minimize our exposure. Start by making it a habit to read the ingredients of the foods we eat. Would you be alarmed to know that sugar is consumed at an average of 120 pounds per person each year? That looks like an area with ample opportunity for improvement on our own behalves.

This Just In… Other Cancer News

Incrementally, progress in our fight against cancer is being made. Perhaps, not as quickly as we’d like. Perhaps not in time to save the lives of people we love but increased awareness, healthier lifestyles, research and technology is moving us forward. We are becoming smarter about cancer and advancement, if not cures, are on the horizon.

Exciting news regarding new anticancer drugs have recently been announced. Johnson & Johnson has reportedly purchased the company that produces Imbruvica, a pill used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia and other rarer blood cancers. With the backing of Johnson & Johnson, it is speculated that other anticancer drugs may be on the horizon.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first immune therapy drug for lung cancer. Opdivo, has shown good results against melanoma. Additional testing has shown it can work against squamous non-small cell lung cancer, one of several types of lung cancer. The FDA granted approval after confirming claims that, “Opdivo, known generically as nivolumab, is a so-called monoclonal antibody. These are lab engineered immune system proteins that help the body attack and kill tumors.”

In the United States, with an estimated 224,210 new diagnoses and 159,260 deaths in 2014, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. Any advancement in the battle against this disease is exciting.

It is reported that in tests, lung cancer patients who got Opdivo lived an average of three months longer than those who got the standard chemotherapy drug docetaxel. It may not sound like much but some patients lived much longer. When stage 4 lung cancer is almost a certain death sentence, three more months is a lifetime.

Researchers at MIT have developed a new Nanodevice that defeats drug resistance.

The device, which consists of gold nanoparticles embedded in a hydrogel that can be injected or implanted at a tumor site, can also be used more broadly to disrupt any gene involved in cancer.

“You can target any genetic marker and deliver a drug, including those that don’t necessarily involve drug-resistance pathways. It’s a universal platform for dual therapy,” says Natalie Artzi, a research scientist at MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and senior author of a paper describing the device in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of March 2.

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Member Spotlight: Nyla Mitchem

Nyla Mitchem has been a member of Prairie Life sense she was a baby in her mother’s belly. She starting with the survival classes offered at Prairie Life at the age of 12 months. She continued to swim and when she turned 3yrs old she did private and group lessons at Prairie Life. At age 4 she was asked to join the Mini Puma Swim Team which is an invitation only to children who has excelled in swimming. Nyla swam with the Mini Puma Swim Team for one year and has just recently been asked to join the main Swim Team. She has always loved the water and being a part of Prairie Life has helped her not only become a great swimmer but make life time friends! Prairie Life has become her second home!


Injury of the Month: Sciatica


Multiple Sclerosis is a disease in which your immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers your nerves.  Myelin damage disrupts communication between your brain and the rest of your body.   Ultimately the nerves themselves may deteriorate a process that’s currently irreversible.

Signs and symptoms vary widely, depending on the amount of damage and which nerves are affected.  Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others experience long periods of remission during which they develop no new symptoms.

There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis.  However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.  Signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis vary, depending on the location of affected nerve fibers.

Common Signs and Symptoms:

·       Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs that typically occurs on one side of your body at a time, or the legs and trunk

·       Partial or complete loss of vision, usually in one eye at a time, often with pain during eye movement; Double vision or blurring of vision

·       Tingling or pain in parts of your body; Electric shock sensations that occur with certain neck movements

·       Tremor, lack of coordination or unsteady gait; Fatigue; Dizziness

·       Slurred speech

·       Problems with bowel and bladder function

Risk Factors:

·       Age- MS can occur at any age, but most commonly affects people between the ages of 15 and 60

·       Sex- Women are twice as likely as men to develop MS

·       Family History- if one of your parent or sibling has had MS you are at higher risk of developing

·       Certain infections- a variety of viruses have been linked to MS, including Epstein-Barr, the virus that causes infectious mononucleosis

·       Certain autoimmune diseases- thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease.

Treatment Options: treatment typically focuses on speeding recovery from attacks, slowing the progression of the disease and managing symptoms since there is no cure for MS

·       Treatment for attacks- Corticosteroids: reduce nerve inflammation; Plasma exchange: may be used if symptoms are severe and haven’t responded to steroids.

·       Treatments to modify progression- certain medications can lower the relapse rate and reduce the rate of formation of new lesions

·       Treatments for signs and symptoms- Physical therapy; Muscle relaxants; Medications to reduce fatigue

·       Treatment to relieve the signs and symptoms of MS- rest, exercise, cool down, eat balanced diet, relieve stress

From:   Nicole Schnaus, MSPT


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Personal Trainer's Corner

Join us in welcoming 3 new trainers to the PLF staff: Hannah GrayKurt Lenser, & Thalas Steele. These three have a wide variety of training experience & are excited to jump in & get you moving! Contact to get more information & schedule a personal training session. 

 Spring Break is here & summer is creeping fast! Get beach-ready by amping up your exercise routine. Check out some of the extra classes our trainers are currently offering: 

**NEW- H.I.I.T. with Hannah: Check out this great fat-burning class with our new trainer Hannah. H.I.I.T. stands for high intensity interval training, where you'll be performing a high intensity exercise circuit with bouts of less intense recovery periods. Great for those ready to push their limits! Offered M/Tu/W/F at 11am & Tues at 6pm. Email for more info.   


Ladies-Only 6wk Bootcamp with Jodi: This bootcamp meets 3x/wk for 6wks and also includes nutritional counseling and exercise "homework". Morning & evening sessions available. Next session starts March 16th. Email for details. 

TRX Suspension training with Armah: This class uses gravity and your bodyweight to deliver a fast and effective full-body workout. TRX training builds a rock-solid core, increases muscular endurance, and benefits people of all fitness levels. Email for details.

Bootcamp with Whitney: This hour-long bootcamp session includes total body training for guys & gals alike. Strength training, cardio conditioning, & core work guaranteed to get you back into shape quick! Email for info.



April 25th: Swim Meet 11:15-12:30 email

Youth Services

Kids Night Out…Saturday, April 28th from 6pm-10pm!

Sign up for Summer Camps now! Email for info!


Manager's Corner

Hide the Easter Candy, Hit the Easter Trails Instead

We love the freshness of spring. Everything and everyone seems happy and new. April showers wash away the last of the cold and bring with them a sense of hope and excitement for sunny days ahead. And, of course, there is Easter to look forward to! Before filling Easter baskets chock full of candy though, read through this months newsletter about the relationship between sugar and cancer. Even the Easter Bunny would have to agree that we all need to be smarter when it comes to sugar consumption. Don’t tell your kids we said that!... 

Specials at the Café:

Try the NEW Spring Salad at the café…Fresh Spinach, Carrots, Blueberries, Strawberries, and Feta with Balsamic Vinaigrette. $6.25 plus tax!

***Bagel Fridays! With or without Cream Cheese!

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

Summer is about 8 weeks away. How are you coming on your weight loss or “I’m going to be super buff by summer” goals? There’s still time to feel great about yourself before summer. Look at our class schedule, talk to a personal trainer or fitness instructor today. Also, on days you don’t make it to the club; remember to use the PerFit App to keep you on track.

Happy Easter!

Laurie Killian, General Manager

Perfit exercise of the month

V-Ups: Easy to do, Anywhere!

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