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Winter Youth Class Book

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New for the Winter session...4-Week Youth Learn to Kayak Program. For children 9-12 years old, Friday nights. Cost: $100-includes all gear. For more information see Youth Program Book or contact Susan Randle at 402-571-0453.

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Managers Corner

Heart Health – What You Need to Know

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Heart Health–What You Need to Know

2016 was heartbreaking. The record amount of celebrity deaths left us stunned. Some of us began blaming the year itself as the culprit for the high number of deaths. Other discussions have pivoted around the idea that many of these untimely deaths can directly or indirectly be linked to current or past drug and/or alcohol use/abuse. There are some statistics that support a decline in lifespan from today’s elderly generation to that of the Baby Boomers or Gen Y. Why? More exposure to both recreational and prescription pharmaceuticals. For every study or expert who shows that trend, there is another that contradicts it, saying that we are all still living longer than humans have ever lived. Proving only that it is too soon for experts to agree. What we do know is that many of 2016’s unexpected deaths were related to heart health; Carrie Fisher. Debbie Reynolds. George Michael and Alan Thicke to name a few.

While the number of high profile deaths shocked us this last year, the reality is that  

heart attacks, cardiovascular disease and/or stroke are the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Although by now it shouldn’t, people are often still surprised to learn that heart disease kills approximately one woman every minute in the U.S. The notion of heart disease belonging to men is incorrect.

2016 left us questioning how seemingly healthy and fit people suddenly suffer from deadly heart attack or failure? And, most importantly, what can you do if you think it's happening to you or a loved one?

Surviving Cardiac Arrest

First and foremost, we must recognize and not ignore the warning signs of heart attack for men and women, in others and ourselves.

Common Symptoms for Men:

“Elephant on my chest,” pain directly in the chest, and discomfort or pain in other areas, such as one or both arms, the neck, jaw, back, or stomach. Shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, or sweating. Abdominal discomfort that may feel like heartburn.

Common Symptoms for Women:

Chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, extreme fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, pain in one or both arms, upper back pressure, neck and jaw pain, breaking out in a cold sweat.

Once cardiac or heart arrest is suspected, call 9-1-1. Don’t hesitate or “wait and see” – call immediately and then quickly get to work on helping the patient.

According to Jonathan Epstein, a paramedic and CPR instructor for the American Red Cross in Washington, the following steps should be followed.

#1. “The most important thing we can tell the public (is) when you recognize that someone has collapsed suddenly, even if they are unresponsive and show no signs of life, start chest compressions," Epstein said. “For every minute we waste of not starting CPR…we lose about 10 percent of survivability."

#2. There's no need to breathe into someone's mouth. Just push hard on the chest, over the heart, to keep blood pumping to the brain. Press down two inches in depth at a rate of 100 to 120 times per minute. Push every half-second, push hard and push fast. “That is absolutely the best thing we know that will improve chances of survival," Epstein added.

#3. We need to understand that we can help and not be afraid to try to do so. We must be willing to get on the ground and help. Don’t worry about doing something wrong. Doing nothing is the worst thing to do. If you remember one thing, remember this, push hard and fast until paramedics arrive.

Whether you are rich and famous or an everyday Joe, the survival rate of heart attack or cardiac arrest is approximately 10 percent or less. Many reports find that uncoordinated emergency and hospital response play a big factor. Another large factor is that only 3% of the population gets CPR training each year. Training people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation is important, as is having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) handy.

Are you certified in CPR? Ask your employer about employee training. Many HR departments will offer CPR training or reimburse expenses. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

Five Steps to Heart Safety

Genetics do play a role in heart disease but the majority of heart disease can be prevented or controlled by healthy lifestyle choices. Working out, healthy diet, quit smoking, lower cholesterol, lose excess weight, watch blood pressure and blood sugars. And, there are precautions to take before or after a physical exertion, especially if you are middle-aged. Here are a few takeaways to stay heart safe.

1. Exercise

Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Fitness experts say the health benefits actually come from how often you exercise, not how intensely. Strenuous exercise doesn't just mean running a marathon, lifting heavy weights or playing a competitive game of hockey. It can also be shoveling your driveway after a big snowfall or heavy lifting while cleaning the house or moving. Remember to warm-up and cool down, avoid too much exertion, too quickly.

2. Sudden Symptoms

Don’t ignore any weird symptoms you suddenly experience! It is reported that Alan Thicke had the classic sign of a heart attack, chest pain, but also the more subtle signs like nausea and vomiting. Listen to your own body and pay attention to sudden upper body symptoms, like:

• chest pain

• shortness of breath

• nausea

• dizziness

3. Call 911

If you personally experience discomfort or troubling symptoms, the first thing to do is go inside and sit down. If you don't start feeling better in a matter of seconds — remember, seconds, not minutes — call 911 immediately.

4. Aspirin

After calling 911, get some aspirin into your system quickly by chewing a single full-sized 325-mg aspirin. Aspirin is heart attack first aid and it stops platelets from clumping together which helps to stop the clot from building up. Studies now tell us the best way to get the aspirin in your system as quickly as possible is to chew rather than swallowing the aspirin.

5. Time is Not on Your Side

A heart attack cuts off blood flow to one of your body’s strongest muscles, which is why it hurts. Even more importantly, once the heart muscle gets damaged, it's permanent. A damaged heart doesn't beat as efficiently. Waiting longer to get treated increases the risk of additional muscle damage.

Club News


Upcoming Events at PLF

Restorative Yoga
Saturday, February 25th, 3:00 – 4:30pm
Cost: $20 (Members & Non-Members Welcome)

This restful and restorative yoga class utilizes bolsters, chairs, blankets, blocks, straps and sandbags, so you can settle deeply into postures and experience optimal benefit.  

Register at Courtesy Services; call 402-691-8546. For additional information, you can contact Kathleen at

Intro to Indoor Cycling
Saturday, February 4th: 10:30 am
Sunday, February 19th: 10:30 am

Get the most out of these great cardio workouts! Learn the basics of bike safety and setup, learn how to use the stages power console and proper mechanics and techniques.

This is included with your membership at no additional cost. No Sign-up necessary.

For additional information, you can contact Kathleen at or contact the club at 402-691-8546

Triathlon Swim Clinics
Sunday, February 5th: 4pm-6pm
Sunday, February 19th: 4pm-6pm

In water training, coaching and stroke evaluation; strokes will be videotaped for instant viewing and feedback. Includes handouts with stroke and training tips. Perfect for the Triathlete who needs work on their stroke or anyone interested in becoming a more efficient swimmer.

Cost: $20 Members/$32 Non-Members. All fitness levels are welcome, for anyone 18 years and older. Space is limited and registration is REQUIRED. Register online at, under Youth Class Registration.

For more information, contact Dayle Nervig at or 402-691-8546

Parent’s Night out—Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day
Friday, February 10th: 5:30-9pm
Ages 3+

Bring your child/children for an evening of crafts, games and snacks for a heart healthy Valentine’s Day!

Cost: $20 each child; $15 each additional child on the same membership.

Register online under ‘Youth Registration’ or at this link:

Contact Madeline at or

Youth Activities—Day at the Carnival Day Camp!
Friday, February 17th: 9am-4pm
Ages 3+

Cost: $35 each child; $25 each additional child on the same membership.

Register online under ‘Youth Registration’ or at this link:

Contact Madeline at or

Youth Activities--School’s Day out Camp 
Monday, February 20th: 9am-4pm
Ages 3+

Bring your child/children for a day of swimming, crafts and games!

Cost: $35 per child; $25 each additional child on the same membership.

Register online under ‘Youth Registration’ or at this link:

Contact Madeline at or

Youth Activities—Parent’s Morning Out'
Friday, February 24th: 9am-12pm
Ages 3 +

Drop your kiddos off to hang out with us, while you get the morning away! Snacks will be provided.

Cost: $15 per child

Register online under ‘Youth Registration’ or at this link:

Contact Madeline at or

Valentine’s Celebration Partner Yoga Event
Saturday, February 11th: 5-6:30pm

8 limbs + 2 hearts = 1 LOVE! A fun and beginner friendly partner Yoga Class! Bring a friend, member, your spouse or loved one. Followed with a reception where we will provide beverages, snacks and chocolate covered strawberries.

Cost: $45 per couple

Register at Courtesy Services; call 402-691-8546. For additional information, you can contact Kathleen at

Get Your Country On!
6 weeks: Sunday, February 12th-Sunday March 19th: 3:00-5:30pm

Country couples dancing with Rob Tiedgen! Learn the Cha-Cha, Swing, Triple Step and Waltz. Line dancing, current and classic. No partner required.

Cost: $65 per person

Register at Courtesy Services; call 402-691-8546. For additional information, you can contact Kathleen at

Zumba Lobby 
Saturday, February 18t: 8:45a-10:15am

Ditch the workout and join the party! Join Michelle, Beau and Becky for this high energy Saturday morning dance jam!

Drop in for just a few songs or stay the entire time. Bagels, snacks and juice will be provided!

No sign-up is necessary

Hip Openers with Sharon Lewis
Saturday, February 18th: 1:30-3:00pm

Come learn the best stretching and releasing techniques for improving flexibility and resiliency in hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, and lateral hip muscles. Great for beginners, athletes and desk jockeys alike. Everyone will benefit from practicing these exercises that will utilize yoga blocks, yoga straps and more.

Cost: $25

Register at Courtesy Services; call 402-691-8546. For additional information, you can contact Kathleen at

Nebraska State Singles Racquetball Tournament
Friday, February 24th – Sunday, February 26th

The State’s best players will gather for some friendly, competitive matches to see who Nebraska’s best players really are!

Contact Carrie Reitmeier for additional information: or 402-691-8546

PILATES February Special!
Purchase New Client Package—4 One-on-One Sessions for $196 and receive a 5th session FREE!

Experience the Pilates difference! Whole body, core centered, breath focused; mindful and controlled. See a Pilates Instructor for details or contact Kathleen at

Manager's Corner

Healthy and Happy Valentine’s Day

All you need is love and to make as many healthy decisions as possible to stay heart healthy. Don’t stress, cutie, it isn’t good for your heart or for your health. Perfection isn’t the goal; striving for a strong heart and lowering cardiac risk will keep you hugging and kissing, forevs!  

If we can learn from the losses of 2016, not taking anything for granted should be on the list. Heart health is within our control, exercise and a healthy diet is a great place to begin. This month we discuss steps to take if faced with sudden symptoms of heart attack or cardiac arrest with others or ourselves. Check it out today.

Spring is also right around the corner. We are as excited as you! Stay busy and get ready for spring and summer with all of our classes, programs and working with personal trainers.

Will You Be Our Valentine?

Leo Venteicher, General Manager

PS. Remember to take your workout on the go with the PerFit App! Download it today on the APP Store or on Google Play.

Perfit exercise of the month

Improve your heart health with frequent exercise

Click above to see a video of our exercise of the month and click below to download PerFit, available on both iPhone and Android!



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