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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

PLF Turns 30 in May 2015!!

PLF celebrated its 30th Birthday by offering a 30 Day Challenge to its members. Each day there was a suggested exercise for the day. Some easier than others, but all in an effort to get members to push themselves a little more each day,  to do more than what they normally would. It was our 30 for 30 August Challenge. Members could chose to do the exercise of the day, or just do something else as long as it was more than they normally would. We even had a couple travel To Switzerland, so they were assigned things to do from walking a 5 lap circuit in the airport while waiting for the next plane, to walking up the Alps a little further. The idea was to have fun and get outside of the comfort zone. The reward? Complete the 30 exercises and earn a coveted T-shirt.

We had 201 people sign up. Of the 201, 97 earned the shirts. So, when you see a member wearing the Red Shirt with blue lettering that states, “This is My Club, Prairie Life Fitness” tell them congratulations!

Happy Anniversary PLF and many more to come!!

Youth Swim Team: The Prairie Life Penguin Youth Swim Team will begin a new month starting Monday, October 5th.  The Penguins will continue to have practices on Monday evenings from 5:40-6:40 PM, Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 PM and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 PM.  Swimmers can attend as many or as few of these fun, coached workouts each week.  The cost for members is $25.00 per month.  Sign up online today! Contact Brandy Pappas at or call 402-483-2322 with any questions.

Mission Impossible Day Camp: Our first day camp of the school year falls on October 9, 2015. When school is out, why not bring them here to Prairie Life Fitness?! Do you have what it takes to complete the mission? Our theme for this day camp is Mission Impossible. Each kiddo will have their own personal mission, and will need to try and complete it without getting caught. Of course, there will be group missions they must complete along the way. The cost of this day camp is $35 per child, and a 10% discount will be applied if you have more than one child attending. Day camp runs from 8-5, with activities beginning at 9am, and ending at 4pm. Your camper may either bring a lunch from home, or order right here at our cafe. Campers, don't forget to wear black and tennis shoes, and bring your swimming suit. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at

Parents Night Out (PNO): Parent's Night Out is Friday, October 9, 2015 from 5:30-9:00pm. Ahoy Me Mateys! Let's go find treasure and gold. So, let's set sail for pirate fun at Prairie Life Fitness. There will be pirate hook making, treasure hunt fun, and a gold coin dive in our swimming pool for the older kids. Children 2+ are welcome. Cost for this event is $20 for the 1st child, $30 for two children, $35 for three children, and $5 for each additional child. Kids 5 and over, don't forget your swimming suit. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at Registration deadline is always the Thursday before the event. If you register late on Friday, the late registration fee is $5.00, this will ensure that we have the appropriate amount of staff and food available.

Fall Break Day Camp 2015: Let Prairie Life Fitness take care of your child when school is out. Fall Break is Oct. 15th and 16th. Drop-off will be between 8-9am, with our activities starting at 9am, and pick-up is between 4-5pm. Each Day Camp will consist of a different theme. Thursday, October 15th we will focus on Fall. We will make caramel apples, build pumpkin structures, and do fun fall themed arts and crafts. Friday, will be more of a Halloween theme. We will paint pumpkins, decorate cookies, drink apple cider, and do fun Halloween activities and crafts. The kids will have an opportunity to swim, so don't forget their swimming suits. Lunch can be brought from home, or be ordered from our cafe. Day Camp is for children K-6th grade. The cost for Day Camp is $35.00 for one day, or you can do both days for $65. A 10% discount will be applied if you sign up more than one child. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director at 402-483-2322 or at

Gobble Races:  On Friday, October 23rd  from 5:30-9:00 PM drop your kids ages 6-14 off for a fun-filled evening of Halloween themed relay races!  Kids will be doing races in the pool, followed by some free swim time.  We will then get them changed and take the kids upstairs for dinner and will continue the fun in the gym with fun themed relays in the gym!  Wear your costume for a chance to win a prize for the best costume, the courtesy service workers will be the judges!  The cost is $15.00 for the first child, $12.00 for the second and $10.00 for the third and on.  Sign up online today. Contact Brandy Pappas at or call 402-483-2322 with any questions.

Ghoul Run 1 Mile Run or 5K: Dress up in your costume and join the PLF Team for our 1st annual Ghoul Run!  On Saturday, October 17th you can run either a 5K (3.1 miles) or a 1 mile race, starting at Prairie Life.  The 5K runners will begin at 8:00 AM and the 1 mile runners will follow behind at 8:30 AM.  Wear your favorite Halloween costume to make it all the more fun and have a chance to win a prize!  Cost is $15.00 which will include a spooky shirt!  Sign up at the front desk today. Contact Brandy Pappas at or call 402-483-2322 with any questions.

Halloween Party 2015:

Our annual Halloween Party will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. We will have a variety of games, arts and crafts, a bounce house, cake walk, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, candy and toy prizes, and a haunted house. This event is open to the public. Hungry? We will have pizza meals on hand to purchase. So, come one, come all to a fun night of fun, games, and of course, don't forget to wear your costumes. Sign-up today! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director at 402-483-2322 or at


Member Spotlight: This is My....

The BEST Water Class (Balance, Exercise, Stretch and Toning), formerly AFAP Class (Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program), is a recreational program conducted in our heated pool. The class provides the opportunity for persons with arthritis or other issues, even recovering from a stroke, to meet others and have fun! Class participants are led by trained personnel through a series of specially designed exercises which, with the aid of the water’s buoyancy and resistance, can help improve joint flexibility and build strength in the muscles surrounding the joints. The warm water and gentle movements can also help to relieve pain and stiffness. The original program was developed by the Arthritis Foundation. Any person with severe joint problems or who has had joint surgery, is encouraged to check with his or her doctor for special precautions. This will be a complete workout, gentle but efficient!

Many of the members of this class have been with Anne Lenz, RN the instructor since she began working at PLF in October of 1996. The class averages 18-20 people/half hour. The class meets M-W-F from 11:00-11:30 AM. The second Wednesday of every month, the group meets after class in Studio B for a nice lunch prepared by PLF’s Café staff.

Below are some of the comments from some of the participants:

Jan Howe states:

“Particularly as we age, it is good to keep moving. Making friends and staying healthy are two VERY good reasons to belong to Prairie Life…..and for those of us in retirement years, both are important. Our water class (and our excellent instructor) helps to keep us mentally and physically active……while making new friends, sharing jokes and "wisdom", and often offering support and encouragement when one or another faces challenges. Dave and I also think Prairie Life is a good investment dollar-wise. By staying healthier, we likely spend less on medical doctors, medicines, etc.,”

Pat Patterson states:

“I love my water aquatic classes. Everyone is so friendly. It is hard to believe I have known everyone for less than two years. The instructors are great! I look forward to every class. I am taking these classes for my MS and diabetes. I am proud to say that my diabetes is well controlled and I have gone down three sizes in my clothes.  Thank you PLF staff for assisting me with my goals.”

Linda Olig states:

“I love this class! I get a good workout without sweating but work hard on my sore joints. My classmates are caring and supportive.”

Ann Hollinger states:

I first came to Prairie Life in the spring of 2011, doing rehab on my left knee after a knee replacement.  I loved the water and decided to join Prairie Life. In addition to my knee replacement, I have a bone spur on my right hip and little or no cartilage in my left hip (perhaps for a long time as far as my left hip goes).  At any rate, I believe my water classes:  Eric's Sunday class and Vanessa's T-Th class, and the BEST class have kept me mobile.  I seldom take pain killers or other types of meds, and I have to attribute the exercises we do to helping me achieve that.  It may not be just the exercises, but my weight, too, has become much better for my physical problems.  All in all I wouldn't give up my coming to Prairie Life and doing water exercises.  I love the people in all the classes and all the instructors.  Life is good!”

Bob Morey states:                 

“I am one of the long term members and really know that my body joints are better by doing the water exercises. In fact when I am away for 2 or 3 weeks traveling I notice the difference in the joints. Of course I miss all my friends that I exercise with and the instructor, Anne.”

This is my Lifeline! Jackie Schroder

This is my joint saving class. Love it! Ann Hollinger

This is my Day Out! Alfred Schroder

This is my need for my arthritis and socialization! Bob Morey

This is my Hide Out! John Wittwer

This is my "30 minute pause that refreshes!"  Dee Ritter

This is my Water! Norma Cummings

 This is the place just for me. Carolyn Brandle

This is my second HOME! Morrie Sweet

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.

Happy Sugar-Free Halloween!

Luke Shepherd, General Manager

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Wide Pushups - Push Yourself!

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