Club News

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 Leyna Saville 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 Richard Schwartz for more information.

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Club Newsletter

Managers Corner

State of Depression


State of Depression

Mental health affects how we think and feel about our lives. That feeling has an impact on our behavior and how we cope in good and tough times. The most common mental health conditions include anxiety, bi-polar disorder, depression, hyperactivity, insomnia, mania, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With antidepressants being the most commonly form of prescribed medication in the United States today, it appears we are in a sad state of mind.

However, many doctors readily admit that antidepressants are often prescribed because of cost. Patients can often afford prescription co-pays over the cost of seeing a mental health specialist. Also, research shows that the national average to go from a referral from your primary doctor to an appointment with a mental health specialist is 4 to 8 weeks (in non-emergent cases only).

As we began to write this month’s newsletter, we asked one of our personal doctors her opinion if cost and time ever factored into her decisions with patients. She told us that in the real world, doctors know they sometimes have one chance to get patients, especially ones presenting signs of depression, some kind of care. She recommends counseling and makes referrals to her psychology peers but she cares for them how she can while she has the chance.

Clinical depression only takes 2 weeks to develop. Many doctors begin patients on an antidepressant to bridge the gap until they can see a counselor or psychologist. But by then, the emotional need feels less urgent and the cycle of “This medication seems to be working for me…” begins.

Stress or Mental Illness?

When tragedy strikes, such as the recent news of a co-pilot for Lufthansa’s airline Germanwings intentionally crashing into the French Alps, we look for answers. What makes a young man kill himself and 149 others? What would make this man take his own life along with the lives of his innocent passengers? One possible answer revealed that the he had previously suffered from deep depression. Discussions began about how the pilot’s mental health affected the tragedy. What treatment had he received and whether his employers should have let him fly at all.

That nature of that discussion is an issue that is most often ignored in the workplace… Mental health, stress and unrealistic workloads are more commonly met with canned speeches about being “a company based on family values” or one that “encourages a healthy work family balance.” Who among us has ever been told us to stop working so many hours, only to be then handed more work and asked why deadlines are being missed all in one day? We can’t see you but we’ll assume hands are being raised!

When it comes to chronic stress, depression or mental health in the workplace, the main problem for companies isn’t absenteeism as much as it is the effected employee overworking out of panic that they may not be performing up to par. This general overcompensation is fueled by fear that co-workers or management may think less of them, rather than offering help. In reality, just as with any illness, the person needs time, treatment and care without any stigma attached to his or her full recovery. To simply believe any of us could or should be expected to suffer through any form of “un”wellness or work in environments of endless stress without impacting the atmosphere around us is absurd.

“To date, companies have focused on physical health much more than they have on mental health,” says Professor John A. Quelch, Charles Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. In collaboration with Carin-Isabel Knoop, executive director of the HBS Case Research & Writing Group, he recently wrote the note, Mental Health and the American Workplace, exploring the extent of the phenomenon, its cost to organizations and employees, and some managerial responses.

Perhaps it’s the social effects of mental health issues that keep workers from admitting they are suffering. “There is a pick-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps philosophy that is still prevalent in many companies,” says Quelch. “We develop other words to talk about mental health—we call it ‘stress’ or call on people to be ‘resilient.’”

“If someone has diabetes and they have to manage that chronic condition, no one bats an eyelid,” says Quelch. “But if I say I have to manage a mental health problem, co-workers and the human resource department may start getting nervous. It’s presumed that mental health issues are more under an individual’s control.”

Create a Culture of Care

A 2013 survey by the American Psychiatric Association found that one-third of working Americans experienced chronic work stress, while only 16% reported their employers provided adequate support to manage it. Our culture of 3 a.m. emails and conference room competition is contributing to workplace stress. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 7% of American adults experience “major depressive disorder.”

Clearly, corporate America has some work to do in the area of improving home/work balance in today’s technology driven workforce. Those of us with company issued laptops and the “luxury” of working from home can say first hand, those conveniences are most a blessing and a curse. It can feel like you NEVER leave work.

Health care has some work to do as well but there are options. If you are having issues with stress, depression, anxiety or any mental health issue, we urge you to see your doctor. Denial and self-medicating is not a long-term solution.

They say that the culture of a company starts from the top level and trickles throughout the corporation. We’ve all likely seen positive and negative examples where this theory has proven to be true. Perhaps this theory is also true with people. But, it’s up to us to create a culture of care that begins inside of us. While we cannot prevent all health issues; mental or physical, we can care for ourselves with exercise, diet, activity, companionship and lots of love.

Club News


Member Spotlight: Stephanie Koehler

Justine Koehler has been a PLF member since September 2014. After going to Mayo Clinic in August of 2014 for a second opinion regarding her heart problems, she was told she was facing her 4th open heart surgery in the near future. The doctor stressed being more active and living a healthier lifestyle. After that visit, she decided it was finally time to change. She had had three children in three years and had lost sight of herself and her needs. She needed to be healthier for her children and her own good. So her family joined PLF.

When asked what her original goal was, she stated, “My original goal was to workout 5 days a week, lose weight, but mostly I just wanted to feel better and be healthy.”

In the first six months, she has lost 17 pounds. “I feel better than I have in years! My goal is to make a lifestyle change. No matter how busy I feel I am, I need to be healthy. My heart has to be strong and well cared for.”

When asked what she likes most about PLF, she stated, “I am able to work out and not feel judged. I just feel like I belong here. In the short time we have been members, many staff members address myself and my children by our names. We are always greeted in a very friendly, personable manner. We are there a lot because the children actually ask to go to the babysitter at PLF.”

When asked if she would recommend PLF to other families, she stated, “I would recommend PLF to anyone with small children. The activities and teachers are great! I also think you need to take the time to better yourself. I always made excuses for my unhealthy ways. PLF makes it easy to get back on track.”

Thank you Justine and congratulations on your success! Keep it up!


Upcoming Events at PLF!

Pre-Season Swim Team:

There will be 2-two week sessions of Pre-Season Swim Team.  The first session will begin Monday, April 27th and will run through Thursday, May 7th. The second session begins Monday, May 11th and will run through Thursday, May 21st. The sessions run from 7:00-8:00 PM. This is a good way to get a jump start on Summer Swim Team and get familiar with the new summer coaches!  The cost for Pre-Season for members is $25.00 per session or $45.00 for both sessions.  The cost for non-members is $45.00 per session or $85.00 for both sessions.  Sign up online today.  For any questions please contact Brandy at or call 402-483-2322.

Friday Night Float N’ Flick

 Friday, May 15th! Drop the kids off at 5:30 PM for a night of fun and games in the pool!  Kids ages 3-12 will swim in the pool while watching a kid friendly film on our inflatable movie screen!  Dinner will be provided, just send the kids with any comfort items that they may need to get through the evening and then pick the kids up at 9:00 PM!  The cost for members is $15.00 for the first child, $12.00 for the second child, and $10.00 for the third child.  The cost for non-members is $22.00 per child.  Sign up online today! For any questions please contact Brandy at or call 402-483-2322.

Summer Swim Team

Summer Swim Team will begin Tuesday, May 26th, 2015. Swimmers ages 11-18 will practice from 8:00-9:00 AM.  Swimmers ages 10 and under will practice from 9:00-10:00 AM.  We will have swim meets on Monday nights, 2 away meets and 1 home meet.  The championship meet will be Monday, July 13th at Southeast High School.  The cost for members is $85.00 and $145.00 for non-members.  Stop by the front desk to sign up!  For any questions please contact Brandy at or call 402-483-2322.

Group Swimming Lessons

Group swimming lessons will resume June 1st for a 4 week session, where swimmers will meet twice a week.  Swimmers can swim either Monday and Wednesday morning, Monday and Wednesday evening, Tuesday and Thursday morning, or Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Registration will open May 1st and run through May 29th.  Sign up online!  For any questions please contact Brandy at or call 402-483-2322.


Cycling Class for Beginners: Sat., May 2nd from 10:15-11:00 AM. If you have ever wanted to try a cycling class, but didn’t know how to set up the bikes, read the monitors or understand what the crazy person at the front of the class was saying, this is the class you need! You will learn how to set the bike to fit you comfortably, read the monitors and enjoy a short ride. Questions? Contact Dusty at or call 402-483-2322.

Bench Mark Rides: Sat., May 2nd 9 AM, Thrs., May 7th 5:15 AM and 12:15 PM and Fri., May 8th 9:30 AM. These rides provide the opportunity to capture information about your Functional Threshold Power (the highest power that a rider can maintain in a quasi-steady state for approx.. 1 hour without fatiguing). This information will help you be able to customize your work within various rides and get the most out of all of your cycling workouts. Questions? Contact Dusty at or call 402-483-2322.

100 Mile Cycling Relay!! $100 cash prize! Sat., May 9th starting at 10:15 AM. 2-4 people/team, members and non-members welcome! The first team to 100 miles wins!! Cost: $28/team. Only 1 person/team can ride at a time, each team uses 1 bike. 20 teams max/Min. 5 teams Sign up at the Front Desk! Contact Dusty Hatt at or call 402-483-2322 with any questions!

Youth Activities!

May 1st: Registration opens for June Youth Classes, and runs through May 29th.

May 1st: Parent's Night Out.

Let's fiesta with a Cinco De Mayo celebration. We will have fun with a taco and nacho bar, music, piñata, and bounce house. Don't forget your swimming suit. Drop the kids off at 5:30 PM and pick them up at 9:00 PM! Children ages 2+ are welcome. Cost for members is $15 for their first child, $12 for their second, and $10 for their third. Nonmembers are $22.00 per child. You can register online at Contact Leyna with any questions at or call 402-483-2322.

Mom’s Morning Out!

May 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th: 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 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. You can register online at Contact Leyna with any questions at or call 402-483-2322.


Come join us for our annual “Kick off the Summer Season” party! Thursday, May 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM. Fun for the entire family! Inflatable Obstacle Course, Lincoln Fire Department Fire Safety House, coin dive, food, music and much more! Open to Members, Non-Members, families, friends; the only cost is the food! Contact Leyna with any questions, or 402-483-2322.

Summer Day Camps!

Don't forget to sign up for our 2015 Summer Day Camps. Children 5+ are welcome to enjoy a fun week filled with various activities, arts and crafts, gym time, and of course swimming. Our camps run Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm. Each week there is a different theme. More information can be found on our website at, or stop by the front desk to pick up a brochure. Contact Leyna with any questions at or call 402-483-2322.

Manager's Corner

Mother, May We Celebrate You?


There are many reasons to love the month of May; warm weather, flowers in bloom, summer vacation is on the horizon but our favorite reason is to celebrate Mother's Day. Each and everyday, the club is filled with dedicated moms who are balancing a family, job and still finding time for themselves. We love that about all of you. You’re endless supply of energy, enthusiasm and involvement in your health and your kids’ lives inspire all of us.

May also brings us Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. We salute those have or are now serving our country. Many members are preparing for a graduation party this month as one of their children start a new chapter in their lives. PLF looks forward to being part of their lives as they grow, get married and have babies of their own. Whaaat? Slow down? Let them graduate and get through college first? Well, okay but we consider you family and love when the next generation of a family starts to grow with us. But, we’ll take it one step at a time. 

Happy Mother's Day!
Luke Shepherd, Manager

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