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Youth Swim Lesson Registration

PLF is an authorized provider for American Red Cross swim lessons. All lead Instructors are WSI Certified with the American Red Cross. Classes are level 1 - 5 and a Parent and Child Program. Classes are 30 minutes in length. We ask for all parents to wait outside the pool area while their children are participating in lessons. Summer Registration will start on-line only at 12:01am August 23rd. Classes run September 8th - November 1st. Register early as classes fill up quickly. Non-members may register for lessons with a cost of $80.00 per session. Payment (if applicable)is due at the time of registration. Members currently under a 24 month contract lessons are free otherwise there is a $40.00 charge if you are not under a current 24 month contract. Swim Team fees are $30 for Members and $60 for non-members.

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Swim Team Information

Ninja Dolphin Swim Team - Registration on going. Practice starts September 8th. Practice schedule is: Monday, Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30. Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Friday is strictly endurance swimming from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Cost for Members is $30 per session and Non-members is $60.00. Session will run: September 8th to October 31st. Our next session will run November 1st to December 21st. There are (2) meets per month - Brownell Talbott and Jewish Community Center. Meets are fun, short and optional. Swim Team Caps and goggles are available for purchase at the front desk. All swim team members must be registered on-line. Go to Youth Registration on left side of web page and follow the link.

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Mondays 4:15, Thursdays 6:15 PM, and Sundays 12:00 PM. Ages: 11-14, Register online or at the front desk. TEENS, get in the weight room in this safe and supervised environment. Our professional personal trainers will teach proper technique and strategy to maximize their time in the gym while avoiding injury. Members: $25/month, Non-Members: $40/month.

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Adult Swim Program

Novice - Tuesday mornings 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. with Jerrett Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7:00 - 8:00. Advanced is Wednesday mornings 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.(starting September 3rd)Julie Barr and Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:45pm to 7:45 pm New this year starting January 6th - Monday and Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 is Advanced Adult Swimming with Katie.

Club Newsletter

Managers Corner

Happy Summer Everyone!

We hope you're having a healthy, safe and fun summer—keep enjoying the summer days while you can and remember to continue slathering on the sunscreen!

Each year, we choose to dedicate one of our monthly newsletters to the sensitive topic of childhood obesity. As you will read this month, the unfortunate news is that the overall, significant progress to decreasing the percentage of obese children has yet to be made. The good news is that education, awareness and lifestyle programs for children are more prevalent than ever.

Whether this is a topic that directly relates to you or not, please educate yourself so that you can direct others to finding resources, if you have the opportunity to offer help or advice. Fitness isn't about being skinny; it is about being physically and emotionally sound. If your road to a fit lifestyle included losing significant amounts of weight, perhaps your story could help inspire someone else. Education, prevention and sometimes intervention can lead to a healthier life!

As always, let us know how we are doing and if there is anything our team can do to make your summer more enjoyable!

Luke Shepherd

The Latest News on the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

In the past year, two long-term studies on the causes, cure and cost of childhood obesity have published preliminary results. The challenge is that the information from these independent studies are reporting conflicting information, making it difficult to decipher if one study is more accurate over another, or if testing criteria and reporting methods are simply too varied to compare "apples to apples."

The biggest difference between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study to that of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is the percentage at which the rate of childhood obesity is dropping, especially in preschool-aged children. Reports that there has been significant progress made, in lowering the rates of childhood obesity, may have been premature. After both studies were further examined, researchers agreed that more data is needed. At the end of the day, they most agreed upon percentage, which shows that 17 percent of all children meet the qualifications for being obese.

However, logically it makes sense that behavior can be changed more quickly when addressed at a young age. Early intervention is tough, particularly given the fact that most obese children have overweight or obese parents. Asking parents, who have likely struggled with weight their entire lives, to monitor and change the way they feed their young child is a tough hill to climb. While the willingness to try has been present among study participants, the results vary based on how actively the parent is working on their own weight loss. Despite the varying results, it is encouraging to see that progress can be made, especially when addressed at a young age.

What do the studies agree on?
Setting aside the percentage of children who are at risk for obesity, the alarming news is that the obese children and adults are getting heavier. The heaviest children are the ones who will end up with greater health issues as adults. Experts agree that all obese children are at risk for obesity and health consequences as adults. Severely obese children are also at risk for immediate problems, such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels and sleep apnea.

Lee Michael Kaplan, a gastroenterologist who directs an obesity treatment program at Massachusetts General Hospital, said the trend toward higher weights among those who are obese has been seen in both children and adults in previous studies.

"These children are really on track to become the sickest adults," Robinson said in a USA Today article, published in April of this year. "I think it's real," he said. "People are getting heavier and heavier. The problem is not going away."

The cost of childhood obesity
There is also a very real financial cost to obesity—in addition to the emotional toll obese children pay by being bullied, teased and less able to be as active as their classmates and friends.

Medical experts agree the cost of medical care for obese children is significantly higher. According to the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the lifetime cost of medical care for an obese child is $19,000 more than the cost of care for a child of healthy weight.

Other trending news...
• In the UK, Action on Sugar, a healthy lifestyles campaign group, is calling for new rules to be introduced regarding the consumption of sugar, as well as for marketing so-called junk food products to young people. This grassroots team has published a seven-point plan—detailing what kind of action it would like the government to take in relation to this matter—in an attempt to lower obesity levels and improve the wellbeing of the nation's children.

According to an article published on, Public Health Nutritionist for Action on Sugar Katharine Jenner said: "The underlying cause of obesity in children is the processed food and drink environment—calling it 'personal responsibility' just doesn't wash any more."

In the article, she also said that taking action and using the "evidence-based tools at our disposal, including taxation, reformulation, limiting the availability of unhealthy food at checkouts and to stop allowing the marketing of unhealthy foods to children."

• According to a recent study, taking antidepressants during pregnancy can increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Researchers from McMaster University in Canada found a correlation between the use of the medication fluoxetine during pregnancy and an increased risk of obesity and diabetes in children. Currently, up to 20 percent of woman in the United States and approximately 7 percent of Canadian women are prescribed an antidepressant during pregnancy.

"Obesity and Type 2 diabetes in children are on the rise and there is the argument that it is related to lifestyle and availability of high-calorie foods and reduced physical activity, but our study has found that maternal antidepressant use may also be a contributing factor to the obesity and diabetes epidemic," Alison Holloway, the study's senior investigator and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at McMaster University, said on July 8 in a news release.

• Ending on a high note, education and awareness of childhood obesity is helping. More and more programs are being developed to not only study the obese child, but to interact and intervene in an effort to change the path of lifelong obesity. A quick Google search for programs can help you down a different path with your own child, if necessary, or perhaps offer a way to educate at-risk children and families you may wish to help.

Upcoming Events

It's almost that time again - school is starting! Join us Saturday, August 16, 11am to 2pm for one last hurrah, at our Back to School Pool Party. There will be food, music, games, face painting and more. Bring family, friends and non-members for free.

Sign up for our Basketball Tournament: Battle of the Clubs on August 16th. It will be a 4-on-4, double-elimination basketball tournament to determine the "BEST OF THE BEST" at Prairie Life. Cost is $30 per player with no more than 6 players to a team. The games will be played at the 84th and Q location. Registration deadline is August 9th. For more information contact any Prairie Life Club or Kat Wardian at

You're invited to our Annual Golf Outing at Tara Hills Golf Club on September 5th. This is a 4-person scramble and cost is $55 a person. Hole sponsorships are available for $100 and any raffle donations will be accepted. Proceeds from this annual outing go to help Prairie Life continue to donate to and partner with Project Harmony. Sign up at the front desk or contact Kat Wardian at or Luke Shepherd at

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The next round of swim lessons will start September 8th-November 1st. Registration will be on-line August 23rd-August 29th.

Our swim team went to compete in the Cornhusker State Games this past month. Check out our Facebook for pictures.

8 Under
• Elliotte McCafferty - 2nd place in backstroke and 3rd place in breaststroke.
• Quientan McCafferty - 1st place in breaststroke and Individual Medley, 2nd place in butterfly.
• Samantha Maca - 3rd Place in 25-meters Butterfly.

9-10 Years
• Ryan Bossum - 3rd place in backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.
• Jack Bayless - 2nd place in butterfly, and freestyle and 3rd place in the relay.
• Isabel Maca - 1st place in 25-meter backstroke, Placed 2nd in the Individual Medley & 25 meter freestyle, 3rd place in 25-meter breaststroke.

13-14 Years
• Jon Mark Stranton - 2nd place in backstroke and 3rd place in freestyle.

August 3rd there will be a swim meet at Brownell Talbot High School.

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Boot Camp is back!!! Friday, August 22 join us for an Adult Outdoor Boot Camp from 6:00-7:30pm. Sign up online or with any personal trainer.

Demo Days will be taking place August 18th-21st. There will be thirty minuet demonstrations throughout the day working on exercises, technique and different workouts. See front desk for location and next demonstration each day.

Looking to get your kids into a fit and healthy lifestyle? Fit Club (11-14) or Teen Weight Training (14-17) is the answer. These are 45-minute workouts that will help your teen improve cardiovascular endurance, coordination, total body strength, and confidence. These classes meet 3 times a week for a cost of $25 a month for members and $40 a month for non-members. Sign up online (under youth class registration) or at the front desk.

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There will be another "Parent Night Out" August 1st from 4pm-8pm. Parents can drop their kids off while they are allowed to leave the club and return later. We will have a fun filled time with swimming, arts and crafts, a movie and organized games. Ages 3+ can bring dinner or order from the café. Cost is members $10.00, non-members: $15.00, and additions child $5.00.

Be on the look out for fall scheduled classes, registration will be open online soon!

Watch for the new group fitness schedule, which will start September 8th. Contact Joan Beck for any questions at

Want to start getting ready and train for the Corporate Cup!? Training is 8 weeks and starts July 22nd and ends September 13th. Cost is $100 for members and $125 for non-members. Contact Nikki Kendal at for any questions and to sign up.

Come around for Pilates Demos Days August 17th-23rd in the lobby.

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