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2015 Youth Summer Day Camps

Super sizzling summer fun here at Prairie Life Fitness! All day care provided from 8am to 5pm Monday-Friday starting on Monday, June 1, 2015. Each week is themed to excite children in learning something new! Swimming suit, tennis shoes, and sunscreen needed daily!

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Youth Tennis Lessons

Why wait until summer? Jump start your tennis season by trying out our May lessons. Registrations are currently going on for the May session and summer registrations will take place starting March 15th. Contact Teri Boies for more information.

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Summer Sports Camps

Looking for some fun sports activities for your kids this summer? Look no further, we have numerous opportunities for kids to do. Our summer sports camps are all listed now. Registration for these activities will begin on March 15th! Space is limited in several of our camps. If you have any questions about any of these activities please contact Teri Boies or Richard Schwartz for more information.

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Managers Corner

What's New in Nutrition?

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What's New in Nutrition?

Going all in is the American way, even to the point of overdoing things that are not good for us. We’ve witnessed healthy lifestyles take unhealthy turns in cases of obsessive working out, steroid use and yo-yo dieting. The latest example is a new form of eating disorders called orthorexia.

Orthorexia differs from other forms of disorders in that the obsessive focus is not on how much or how little one consumes, but the perceived virtue of the food itself. As Heather Hansman from Fast Company reports, “Nutritionists and psychologists say that they’re seeing it more often, especially in the face of restrictive food trends, like gluten-free, and growing information about where food comes from, how it’s grown and processed.”  Although a gluten-free diet is required for those with celiac disease and gluten allergies, the obsessive exclusion of certain foods based on diet trends will lead us to hear about “orthorexia” more often.

Foods You Should Eat Every Day

  • Spinach

Green and leafy and a nutritional powerhouse, Popeye knew what he was talking about! This noted muscle builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis.

  • Yogurt

Various cultures claim yogurt as their own creation, but the 2,000-year-old food's health benefits are undisputed: Fermentation generates hundreds of millions of probiotic organisms that serve as beneficial bacteria in your body.

  • Tomatoes

There are two things you need to know about tomatoes: Red are the best, because they're packed with more of the antioxidant lycopene. And, processed tomatoes are just as potent as fresh ones, because it's easier for the body to absorb the lycopene. Studies show that a diet rich in lycopene can decrease your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, skin, and stomach cancers, as well as reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.

  • Carrots

Most red, yellow, or orange vegetables and fruits are spiked with carotenoids - fat-soluble compounds that are associated with a reduction in a wide range of cancers, as well as reduced risk and severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis - but none are as easy to prepare, or as low caloric, as carrots.

  • Blueberries

Packed with more antioxidants than any other North American fruit, blueberries can help prevent cancer, diabetes, and age-related memory changes (hence the nickname "brain berry"). Studies show that blueberries, which are rich in fiber and vitamins A and C, also boost cardiovascular health.

  • Black Beans

All beans are good for your heart, but none can boost your brainpower like black beans. They are full of anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds that have been shown to improve brain function.

  • Walnuts

Richer in heart-healthy omega-3s than salmon, loaded with more anti-inflammatory polyphenols than red wine, and packing half as much muscle-building protein as chicken.

  • Oats

The king of all health foods, oats garnered the FDA's first seal of approval. They are packed with soluble fiber, which lowers the risk of heart disease. Oats are loaded with carbs, but the release of those sugars is slowed by the fiber. And, because oats also have 10 grams of protein per 1/2-cup serving, they deliver steady, muscle-friendly energy.

Nutrition for Strong Mental Health

Researchers have found that in addition to healthy eating, nutrient-based prescriptions also have the potential to assist in the management of mental disorders. For example, studies show that a variety of nutrients have a clear link to brain health, including omega-3s, B vitamins (particularly folate and B12), choline, iron, zinc, magnesium, S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe), vitamin D, and amino acids.

The factors of mental health are complex but compelling evidence is emerging that shows nutrition as a key component in strong mental health. “Recent studies suggest that nutrition is as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology, endocrinology, and gastroenterology,” said lead author Jerome Sarris, Ph.D., from the University of Melbourne, a member of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR). “In the last few years, significant links have been established between nutritional quality and mental health. Scientifically rigorous studies have made important contributions to our understanding of the role of nutrition in mental health,” he said.

Club News


Employee Spotlight: Alison Wolfarth Burns
A student of movement from a very early age, Alison dedicated many years to studio dance and teaching. She was captain of her high school dance team, a member of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Dance Team, and a dancer for Omaha's semi-pro arena football league. She developed a love for yoga along the way, and dedicated herself to becoming an insightful and enthusiastic instructor, making yoga accessible for all walks of life.

Competitive by nature, Alison’s triathlon training in Nebraska introduced her to the world of indoor cycling, where she found her love for both indoor and outdoor biking. Thirteen years later, she has not only obtained her 500-hour yoga teaching designation, but is also certified in Mad Dogg cycling, Reformer and Mat Pilates, and TRX suspension training, and is a certified group X instructor. 

Alison instructs gym members, private clients, professional athletes and coaches, and has been featured in several fitness publications.  She has been honored to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks Coaching Staff in yoga and indoor cycling.  She recently decided to take a chance in the world of bodybuilding, and is now a 2x nationally qualified NPC figure competitor.  Her goal is to earn her IFBB pro card this year Nationals.  She has the best support system in the world –her husband is her trainer and has expertly engineered her back muscles, and their 3.5-year-old daughter is a mini-Alison who loves all things fitness and superhero related.  She is the best cheerleader for which her mom could ever ask. 

Check the Prairie Life Midtown schedule to attend one of Alison’s cycling, yoga, or reformer classes! CONTACT ALISON AT AWOHTFARTH@PRAIRIELIFE.COM .

Manager's Corner

New Nutritional Buzz

Spring hasn’t quite sprung but it is getting closer. Spring fever, however, is in full swing as everyone is getting anxious to be outside again soon. In the meantime, our members our working hard to be ready when the temperatures start to rise.

We focus on fitness, family and fun but we should never discount the importance of good nutrition. This month’s newsletter focuses on how different aspects of nutrition affect our lives, not just our health. Learn how to recognize the signs of most recent emerging eating disorder and help yourself or someone you know.


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