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Massage Special

Beginning October 4th we are excited to offer massage on Sundays with Sandra Johnson. Sandra comes to us with 15 year of experience in Swedish, Sports, Prenatal, Neuromuscular/Trigger Point Therapy, and Chair Massage.

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PLF Puma Swim Team

Prairie Life offers a year round swim team program providing a great learning opportunity to our young members about physical fitness and stroke technique all while having FUN! Schedule Monday thur Thursday 5:30-6:30pm and Saturday 11-12pm. Age requirments:5yrs-18yrs. Fees: (per month) $50/member and $70/non member. Come try a class for FREE!

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Fall Festival!!

Come ready to get your Christmas shopping done!! October 22nd from 10-4p we will be having a vendor fair with food and drinks along with a Red Cross blood drive and Walgreens Flu Shots!!

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Managers Corner

Are You Aware of this Breast Cancer News?

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Are You Aware of this Breast Cancer News?

The reasons for fighting obesity keep getting stronger and stronger, as the latest medical study published by Cornell University will prove… Researchers found that women who are obese have a higher risk and a worse prognosis for breast cancer, but the reasons why remain unclear. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, explains how obesity changes the consistency of breast tissue. Similar to tumors, disease is promoted within dense tissue versus lean tissue. And, while a percentage of obesity is inherited, studies such as this mark the medical importance fighting genetics with a healthy lifestyle.

The study shows obesity leads to a stiffening of a meshwork of material that surrounds fat cells in the breast, called the extracellular matrix, and these biomechanical changes create the right conditions for tumor growth. The results should also cause pause against using certain fat cells from obese women in plastic and reconstructive breast surgeries. These cells could possibly promote recurring breast cancer. Lastly, clinicians may need to use finer-scale imaging techniques in mammograms for obese women, to detect possible denser extracellular matrix. Until the findings of this study were issued, clinicians and doctors alike wouldn’t have necessarily looked for stiffening tissue as a clinical biomarker.

"We all know that obesity is bad; the metabolism changes and hormones change, so when looking for links to breast cancer, researchers almost exclusively have focused on the biochemical changes happening. But what these findings show is that there are also biophysical changes that are important," said Claudia Fischbach, associate professor of biomedical engineering and the paper's senior author. Bo Ri Seo, a graduate student in Fischbach's lab, is the paper's first author. The study is a collaboration between Cornell's Ithaca campus and researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College and includes Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, professor of medicine.

Fischbach explains in more depth, ”Fat tissue in obese women has more cells called myofibroblasts, compared with fat tissue in normal-weight women. Myofibroblasts are wound-healing cells that determine whether a scar will form. All cells secrete compounds to create an extracellular matrix, and they remodel and grab onto this meshwork to make tissue. But when myofibroblasts make an extracellular matrix, they pull together -- the action needed to close a wound -- stiffening the tissue.

These are cells in our body regardless of injury. In obese women, there are more myofibroblasts than in lean women, which leads to scarring and stiffening without an injury in the extracellular matrix. Tumors also recruit more myofibroblasts than are found in healthy tissue, which also leads to stiffer extracellular matrix,” said Fischbach.

A Positive Trend

In the United States, 33.5% of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer died from the disease in 1988. By 2010, that number dropped to 23.5%, according to research from the National Cancer Institute. This means a 76.5% of diagnosed women survive breast cancer.

"Breast cancer mortality rates following diagnosis have been decreasing over four decades, not only in the first five years after diagnosis but thereafter," said Mitchell Gail, senior investigator in the biostatistics branch of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics and lead author of a recent study published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology. "Little of the improvement could be explained by changes in tumor size or estrogen-receptor status over time in women under age 70. This suggests a major contribution from treatment and early detection."

Other October Awareness Events

October is an action-packed awareness month for those who are interested in getting involved in cause related events. Chances are, whatever you are most passionate about, there are community events, 5k marathons, fundraisers and many other ways to make a difference to your cause. A simple online search will help you find a yearly schedule of awareness months.

October is best known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month but as you will see, there are a number of other important diseases and topics that are also honored this month. Raising awareness and becoming involved in events is an excellent way to share your passions with others, while maintaining and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

•    National Breast Cancer Awareness

•    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

•    National Physical Therapy Month

Club News


Upcoming Events at PLF

Prairie Life Fitness Fall Festival and Vendor Fair:  Oct 22nd 10-4pm.

Stella and Dott, Doterra, Tupperware, Posh, Mountain High, E-Bars, Ma Bella Goat Milk Products, Flu Shots from Walgreens, and so much more….


Puma Swim Meet Oct. 31st 11:30-12:30pm


PARENTS:  Dress up your little ones for Halloween!! We will be trick or treating in the building Sat. Oct 31st all morning. 9-12pm


Interested in taking your personal fitness to the next level? Bored with your routine or just need a little extra guidance with your diet? You & a friend (or two!) want to train together? Email our director, to chat about your training needs & we'll set you up with one of our top-notch trainers- holding thousands of hours of training experience between them, covering several specialties & training styles. We guarantee results!


PT Classes these classes are coached by our certified personal trainers, and will be smaller & more personalized than our group fitness classes.

A.M. FIT with Emmery & Marci: Hour-long total body training for all fitness levels, morning sessions available, email or for a free session!

H.I.I.T. Bootcamp with Hannah & Emmery: High-intensity interval training, increases metabolism & helps you to burn more calories throughout the day, email or

Ladies-Only 6wk Bootcamp with Jodi: Full body cardio conditioning, toning & strength training programed just for the ladies! New session starting Monday, Nov 2nd with morning & evening class times, email for more info. 

P.M. FIT with Peter: Hour-long total body training for all fitness levels, evening sessions, email him at

TRX Suspension Training & KB Basics with Armah: Check out this super effective, full body workout! Builds rock-solid core strength & muscular endurance, offered 4 mornings/wk, email to get started. 

X-Factor & X-Factor Endurance with Cat & Jodi: prep yourself for whatever life may throw at you! Includes high intensity cardio, Olympic weight lifting, mobility training, body weight & gymnastics exercises, classes offered Mon-Sat, email or for info. 

Weekend Warriors with Casey: sometimes life gets crazy & the weekend is your only time to hit it hard in the gym. Casey's got you covered with two Saturday class times & a TOUGH hour of work! Email him at

Youth Sports Strength & Conditioning with Thalas: give your little athletes a leg up on the competition by sending them through our youth strength & conditioning program! Includes stretching & mobility exercise demonstration, proper lifting technique, & sports-specific conditioning. Afternoon class times, middle school & high school programing available, email to get started!


Manager's Corner

Heightened Awareness
Tricks. Treats. Leftover treats. Raiding your kid’s bag of treats… Getting ready for Halloween and all it’s festivities can make October tricky. Don’t let all the ooey, gooey deliciousness distract you. Enjoy a fat-free holiday by staying focused on your goals. You’ve made it this far, don’t let a bag of peanut butter kisses undo months of your hard work and dedication.

Okay, maybe just one or two pieces of candy but the important thing is to stay aware of what you are eating at all times. It doesn’t take long for a treat to become a habit and a habit to become hard pounds to lose. It’s disproportionately unfair how quickly pounds stack up versus the time it takes to shed them again. And, the damage those extra pounds do to our bodies over time go well beyond our jeans not fitting as well as they once did. The health ramifications of being overweight or obese are scarier than any haunted house or horror movie ever made.

Be sure to read this month’s newsletter about the link between obesity and breast cancer as we head into National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Don't forget to stop at the café... It's Pumpkin Spice season!! Yummy new protein shakes and warm soups.

Happy Healthy Halloween!

Laurie Killian, General Manager

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