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Sizzling Summer Day Camps

Don't forget to sign your child up for our 2016 Summer Day Camps. Space is limited! If you have any questions, feel free to email Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director.

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4-Person Golf Scramble Tournament

Join us for a fun day of golf at Crooked Creek Golf Course! It is a fundraiser for the Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity. This will be a 4-Person Scramble, have a fun day out at the course all while raising money for a great cause! Tournament is Saturday, June 25th. Please contact Teri Boies to register today!

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Managers Corner

National Arthritis Month

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National Arthritis Month

May is the time many of are revving up for summertime activities. On your mark. Get set. Go… But, not so fast for over 50 million Americans, arthritis interferes with their plans for active lifestyles. That is 1 in every 5 adults and over 300,000 children. It is estimated that by 2030, 67 million people will be disabled by an arthritic disease.

Conquering Arthritis

Curing arthritis may not yet be possible but knowing you are at risk and living a preventative lifestyle is within everyone’s power. As is raising awareness and becoming involved in the advocacy for research. To become involved at the state level, visit

Prevention Tips

Prevention may not always be possible. Arthritis has many causes, increasing age, genetics and gender (more common in women), which are out of your control. However, there are healthy habits to reduce your risk of developing painful joints as you age. It so happens, many of these steps, like exercising and eating a healthy diet, prevent many other diseases too. That, our healthy friends, is a win-win!

  • Here Fishy Fishy…

Fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy polyunsaturated fat may reduce inflammation in the body. A study in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases found that women who eat fish regularly might lower their risk for rheumatoid arthritis. The USDA recommends eating fish high in omega-3s—like salmon, trout, mackerel, and sardines, 2x per week.

  • Weight Control

Our joints, particularly our knees, are load-bearing mechanisms and must be able to support the weight of our bodies. The more we weigh, the more stress we are putting on our joints. Overweight women are almost four times as likely to get knee osteoarthritis as women of healthy weight.

  • Exercise

Not only does exercise take the stress off your joints but also it strengthens the muscles around your joints. Building strong muscles before any signs of arthritis begin to show, especially if there is a family history, is a particularly compelling reason to make exercise part of your daily routine. If you already have arthritis, it is not too late to build muscle and take some relief off those joints. Low impact aerobics, swimming, water aerobics and working with a trainer on finding the right exercises can help you slow the disabling affects of the disease.

  • Play and Stay Safe

Damaging cartilage in your knees can cause arthritis to develop more quickly. Unfortunately, this is not generally top of mind when we are young and in our prime. Cautionary tales ring true. Live fully but protective gear isn’t a bad idea…

  • Proper Technique

Using good form when we sit, lift, and work each day can help prevent everyday strains from adding up to unnecessary injury over time. You’ve heard these tips before but realizing they can help prevent arthritis puts more importance into their meaning, especially as you age.

  • Lift with your knees and hips, not your back.
  • Carry items close to your body, so you don’t put too much strain on your wrists or arms.
  • If you have to sit for long periods of time at work, ensure that your arms, back and legs are well supported.


  • Have a Drink or Two

Yes, you read that right. Contrary to most newsletters and most other studies, some arthritis studies suggest that women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol have a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis. There is not enough evidence to prove that alcohol prevents arthritis just suggestions that are causing researchers to study it further. However, drinking moderate amounts each week (one glass a day for women and two glasses for men) has also been linked to other health benefits, such as a lower risk for heart disease. Before drinking alcohol, seek advice from your doctor if it’s safe for you.

  • Speaking of Doctors…

If you start to develop joint pain, don’t wait it out. See your doctor or a rheumatologist. The damage from arthritis is progressive so the longer you wait to seek treatment, the more destruction will occur to the joint. Your doctor may be able to suggest treatments or lifestyle interventions to slow the effects of your arthritis and preserve mobility of your affected joints. Stubbornness is not your friend when it comes to achy joints. Call your doctor today if this applies to you.

And Now for the Numbers

As we enter into National Arthritis Awareness Month, here are the facts, as reported by the Arthritis Foundation. If you or someone you know is suffering from arthritis, you are most certainly not alone. There is help. there are abundant resources and worldwide studies occurring rapidly. Most importantly, there is hope.

  • Nearly 53 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis; that number is expected to grow to 67 million by 2030.
  • Almost 300,000 babies, kids and teens have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.
  • Arthritis is the nation’s # 1 cause of disability.
  • Working-age men and women (ages 18 to 64) with arthritis are less likely to be employed than those of the same age without arthritis.
  • 1/3 of working-age people with arthritis have limitations in their ability to work, the type of work they can do or whether they can work part time or full time.
  • People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, two major kinds of arthritis, miss a combined 172 million workdays every year.
  • Arthritis and related conditions account for more than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses.
  • There are nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year due to arthritis.
  • 57% of adults with heart disease have arthritis.
  • 52% of adults with diabetes have arthritis.
  • 44% of adults with high blood pressure have arthritis.
  • 36% of adults who are obese have arthritis.
  • 1/3 of adults with arthritis age 45 and older have either anxiety or depression.

Club News


Upcoming Events at PLF

From Our Aquatics Department:

Group Swim Lessons: Our next round of group lessons is coming! Summer Lessons will start June 6th –July 30th. Registration will start May 15th at 12:01am! We will be offering morning lessons on Mondays & Wednesdays and evening lessons on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Register online at  Contact Tyler with any questions at or call 402-483-2322.

May Swim Camps: We will be hosting 2 Swim Camps in May in between the Group Swim Lessons. They will be 2 week camps Monday-Thursday. The first will begin on May 16-May 26th. The second one will be May 23rd- June 2nd. The camps will cost $40 per child. Registration will begin May 1st. Register online at  Contact Tyler with any questions at or call 402-483-2322.

Pre-Season Swim Team:  Pre-Season Swim Team will be starting May 1st! Register for Pre-Season Swim Team online at This will be a two-week program to get you ready for the Summer Swim Team season! Pre-Season will run, May 23rd- June 3rd Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00-8:00pm. Contact Nikki Pappas for more information at

Summer Swim Team: Summer Swim Team is back!! Our season will be starting Monday, June 6th! Kids ages 11 and over will practice from 8:00-9:00 AM Monday-Friday mornings and kids 10 and under will practice from 9:00-10:00 AM Monday-Friday. We will be having our Parent’s Meeting on April 22 at 7:00 PM. Contact Nikki Pappas for more information at or call 402-483-2322.

Lifeguard Classes: Our Aquatics Director, Tyler Zoubek will be hosting two lifeguarding classes in May. May 6, 7, & 8 or May 13, 14, & 15. Sign up for the session that fits your schedule. The schedule will be Friday 5-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-8pm. Participants must be available for the entire class. You must be able to swim 300 yards in either freestyle or breast stroke without stopping, be able to swim at least 15 yards, retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool and return in an allotted time, and you must be able to tread water without your hands for two minutes. Cost will be $275 per participant. Must have 3 participants for Class to be held. Certification includes Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED. Contact Tyler with any questions at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

Prairie Life Swim Club:  Would you like to have a more structured workout when swimming laps? Then the PLF Swim Club might be just the program you are looking for. We will be offering a structured program for each practice.  These programs will help you build endurance and speed. They will also be intense enough to push you outside of your comfort zone. Whatever motivates you to swim—triathlon training, open water swim races, or just staying healthy and fit—it does pay off to add in some structure to your training sessions. Prairie Life Swim Club will meet every Thursday morning from 5:15-6:00am. Ages 16 and Up! $45 per month for members! Contact Tyler with any questions at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

From Our Youth Activities Center:

Mom's Morning Out:

Every Wednesday from 9am-12pm Prairie Life Fitness will provide Mom's Morning Out. Mom's Morning Out is a program which gives parents a three hour period of time for appointments, shopping, attending meetings, or just a little quiet time while their children are being cared for in a loving, caring, and safe environment. We will provide a snack, make an art and craft, and have story time. The cost for this is $15 for the first child, $12 for the second, and $10 for the third. Ages range is 1-5 years old. If you have any questions feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at

Summer Day Camp 2016:

Super sizzling summer fun here at PLF! All day care provided from 9am to 4pm Monday-Friday! We swim every day, do arts and crafts and fun gym games with an afternoon snack (provided). Each week is themed to excite children in learning something new! Swimming suit, tennis shoes, and sunscreen needed daily! We offer a balanced schedule that offers a variety of activities throughout the day. Lunch can be packed from home or can be ordered from the cafe for an additional charge. Price for members is $140 per week including a nonrefundable $25 fee that's due at registration. Guests will pay a guest fee of $6 per day or $30 per week, in addition to the $25.00 registration fee and $140.00 per week tuition. Price to include a daily kid's meal from our cafe, $160 for members and $190 for our guests. We do provide before and after care for $5 per child. **Discounts** Multi-Camp Discount: 5% when you register for more than 5 camps per child. Discount does not apply to registration fee. Pre-Payment Discount: 5% when you pay all fees and tuition in full on the first day of summer day camp. You can register at, and there you will find the themes for all 11 weeks. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director at 402-483-2322 or at

Parent's Night Out is Friday, May 13th from 5:30pm-9:00pm.

Our theme is Splash into Summer. We will have fun pool games, and watch a movie on our giant inflatable. Dinner is always included. The cost of this event is $20 for the first child, $10 for the second, and $5 for each additional. 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.** **Cancellation Policy: Those who cancel for whatever reason 24 hours prior to the event will NOT be charged. However if cancelling less than 24 hours before the event there will be a cancellation fee of half the amount due. If you do not cancel at all you will be charged the full amount due. . If you have any questions feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at or call Leyna at 402-483-2322.

From the Water Aerobics Department:

Summer is quickly approaching and our summer class hours will begin on Sunday, May 1st. The only class affected is the Sunday evening class. The time will change to 4:00-5:00 PM. Finish your May Day with a refreshing and energetic class in our pool! Questions? Ask Anne Lenz, Water Aerobic/Pilates Director at or call Anne at 402-483-2322.

From Our Pilates Department:

Join us on Saturday, May 7th from 9:00-10:00 AM in the Gym for World Pilates Day!! All of our Pilates Instructors will be on hand to demonstrate the Allegro 2 Reformers, Balanced Body Chairs, Mat, Ring and Orbits and Pilates Barre! This is a FREE event. Come through and try one or all!! Questions? Contact Anne Lenz, Pilates Director at or call Anne at 402-483-2322.

From Our Fitness Center Department:

Fit Body Burn 20:10 – Tabata Training!!

Fit Body Burn 20:10 is a 30 minute high intensity interval training small group dedicated to burn fat and sculpt your body. The exercise sessions consist of 20 seconds of exercise followed by 10 seconds of complete rest. Try out this revolutionary way of toning your body!

Fit Body Burn 20:10 will begin May 2, 2016 and last 6 weeks. Sessions are twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:00 pm. Participants will receive a total of 12 small group sessions for the investment of $120.00. Please sign up at the Front Desk or contact Dalton Barnard, CPT, at or call Dalton at 402-483-2322.

From Our Café:




Member Spotlight: The BEST Class

Do you experience tight, achy joints? Do you hurt all over somedays making it difficult to get out of bed? Chronic pain is difficult to deal with and usually ends up in what is referred to as the Chronic Illness Symptom Cycle. (Taken from the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program.) What this means is when a person experiences chronic pain, the tendency is for he/she to immobilize or guard the affected area. This reduces activity to that joint or area. This causes deconditioning, decreased flexibility, decreased strength, decreased function, stiffness and disability. All of this leads to fatigue, which can lead to depression, anger, anxiety, fear, loss of self-esteem, and social withdrawal. This leads to increased stress which leads to muscle tension which increases pain and so it continues. The cycle of pain.

It is vital to break this cycle somewhere so that it does not continue. It can be hard to convince someone with chronic pain to get up and move, but that is just what they need to do. The BEST class, formerly AFAP, Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program, we offer Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings in our heated pool from 11:00-11:30 AM, is a perfect way to help break this cycle. The class is designed to gently warm up the class members and then go through every joint in the body with gentle range of motion exercises. This helps to strengthen the muscles around the joints making them perform better and more efficiently and increases circulation to the joints. No swimming is required and for those fearful of the water, they can stay close to the wall and/or be given a noodle to rest arms on to feel more secure. It offers socialization which is helpful to find there are others dealing with the same or similar problems. We even have a lunch every month on the second Wednesday of the month. We celebrate special days, birthdays, and even have a guessing contest for Nebraska football! There is a special prize at the end of the season! The instructors have taken special training to lead this class.
A few years ago, the Arthritis Foundation dropped this program for financial reasons. Anne Lenz, RN, had been a trainer for the State of Nebraska for the AF to train instructors on how to teach this class in their own facilities. She and Linda Dietrich, another trained instructor, developed the BEST class, Balance, Exercise, Strength and Toning. It is very similar to the original program with a few fun additions.
The best way to get a feel for this class is to read some comments from some of the class members. If you are thinking, “I really need to get up and do this,” then you probably do! Come join us – we promise you a fun time!

Beth Dustin:
Pain and fatigue are a constant in my life. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 24 years ago. Since then tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative disc disease have been added to what ails me. The only form of exercise I can tolerate, other than walking, is in the water. BEST class is not only the program I need for my body, but also for my mind. Instructor Anne Lenz and the class participants are welcoming, caring, and fun to be with. 3 days a week I am motivated to get out of the house, be with other people, and have some fun.
Maxine Sime:
The arthritis class has allowed me both to exercise and stretch pain free for 30 minutes. It's amazing what you can do in water that you can no longer do comfortably on land. The extra bonus is the wonderful teacher and class members.
Judy Faubel:
Arthritis water class has been perfect for me as I recuperate from shoulder surgery.   It has helped me gain strength and flexible.  It really helps my arthritis discomfort a lot.  
Linda Olig:
The class has become an important part of my life over the past few years. When we are traveling and I have to miss it, I can really feel the difference. In class, we loosen and exercise all those aching joints and get a good workout but no high-impact pounding as we would in the gym. Even better, I am in better shape now than in a long time. I have greater flexibility and mobility. Now, if I could be as mobile on land as I am in the water that would really be something!
Gail Eckhard:
I have been going to the arthritis swim class at PL for about 4 years. It has helped my joints so much that I don't think I can ever stop going.  The fellow class mates are fun and interesting to talk to. Anne makes the work outs easy enough for any one with arthritis. GREAT JOB ANNE!!!
Mary Harding:
Just a few words to state what the water aerobics class means to me.  The exercises have help to increase and stabilize joint movement that can stiffen from Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I have also lost a considerable amount of weight and hope to continue.  The people in the class are also very friendly which means a lot to me as I do not get out much except to go to class, so the interaction with others is extremely good to help fend off depression.  Anne is an excellent teacher who brings a lot of fun to the class and who helps us keep engaged with what is happening with each other.  

Manager's Corner

Spoiler Alert - Mother's Day is One of Our Favs!
Don’t get us wrong Dad’s, we love you guys. But the mothers who come into our clubs have a special spot in our hearts and we love celebrating them every chance we get. We admire the mothers who never seem to tire of bringing their kids into the clubs so for kids’ activities or so they can get a workout in themselves. We strive to make the clubs a place where it’s easy to find a schedule where a combination of both is possible.

And, for moms (and dads) whose kids are older, who are now bringing in your once toddling youngsters in as tweens and young adults, we admire you dedication to instilling a lifetime of healthy living. One day, they will thank you for it. It might not be today but someday, when they thank you for making them brush their teeth everyday and always wearing clean underwear, healthy living might also be on the list.

We’d be remiss not to mention all the wonderful mothers who help us run the clubs. Without their tireless dedication, we couldn’t do what we love. Thank you all.
Need some gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Graduation? Etc.? Check out our specials!

Also, don’t forget to check out the summer class schedule when planning summer activities. Remember, when you’re away; use the PerFit App to keep you on track.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Luke Shepherd, General Manager

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