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Celebrate Men's Health

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Celebrate Men's Health

June marks not only the beginning of summer but also kicks off Men’s Health Month. This Congressional health education program is celebrated across the country with health screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other awareness programs and outreach activities. It is not by coincidence that Men’s Health Month is celebrated during the same month as Father’s Day. Here’s the health of men everywhere, whether they are fathers (yet) or not!

The goal of Men’s Health month is to bring awareness to preventable health problems that plague men and encourage early detection and treatment of disease by men and boys. Studies show that men are more resistant to seeking medical care, {insert favorite won’t ask for directions joke here}, and are less likely to take actionable steps to prevent disease or illness. Men’s Health Month pushes past the stereotype that it isn’t manly to take care of yourself. C’mon guys, it’s time!

Ways to Celebrate

Use your company’s liberal dress policy to celebrate “Wear Blue Friday” the Friday before Father’s day. Launch or join a social media campaign about the importance of getting an annual checkup. Common hashtags are #MensHealthMonth and #ShowUsYourBlue. Check local listings and social media sites for area events to get involved. On a personal level, one-on-one discussions with the men you love about their health and any potential health concerns is a courageous place to start your involvement. Don’t be afraid to have the difficult discussions with those closest to you.

Here are a few post ideas from Visit their site for more fun ways to spread awareness.

Men die five years earlier than women, on average. So time to man up and get involved in #MensHealthMonth Visit a doctor, or encourage a friend. Wise up on all the facts available for men –> Don’t forget to #ShowUsYourBlue

Men, listen up: We struggle at going to the doctor. Women go twice as much and end up living five years longer. So get it in gear during #MensHealthMonth and #ShowUsYourBlue

Men’s health is a family issue. It affects wives, mothers, daughters and sisters. Ladies, #ShowUsYourBlue and help the men in your life eat healthy, exercise and visit the doctor for #MensHealthMonth –>

History of Men’s Health Month

This is the 22nd annual Men’s Health Month. President Clinton signed it into law in 1994. Since then it has been giving health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The yearly response is overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

Other Manly News…

When we are younger, we don’t realize the advantages we are giving future selves by we choosing a healthy lifestyle. The young men in the clubs have other motivation than warding off the possibility of future cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes or as a new study out of Cambridge University in the UK suggests, lowering the risks for dementia. But, what awareness programs like Men’s Health Month, educated trainers and, ahem… certain newsletters… can provide is information that shed light to the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles for your entire lifetime.

The new study out of Cambridge University is a wonderful example of how taking better care of ourselves at a young age might better serve us as we age. In the study, which took place over a 20-year span, cases of dementia were shown to drop by 20% in men. During that time, the number of men who smoke has significantly decreased, therefore their arteries and hearts are in much better shape than in past decades. In addition, changes in diet and awareness of the importance of a healthier lifestyle in the areas of the UK where this study took place increased.

Professor Carol Brayne, director of the Institute of Public Health at Cambridge University, who co-led the study, said: "It may be that those things are playing a role. I know that others have suggested that men are becoming a bit more like women in terms of their health patterns."

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are far too complicated for anyone to believe that these earlier finding are the path to a cure. They most likely suggest that a disproportionate amount of men smoked compared to women and the decreasing in smoking is leveling out one risk factor in dementia. However, a 20% drop over 20 years due to lifestyle changes cannot be discounted either. It puts proof behind positive choices and it gives power to those who make them.

Club News


Upcoming Events at PLF

From Our Café:


Summer is just around the corner and not a moment too soon! We’re coming out of hibernation and ready to hit the pool.  When the sun is shining and your days are focused on fun by the pool, there’s little time to think about prepping food for the day.  You want easy and satisfying meals and snacks to keep you outside as much as possible. Let the Prairie Life Café help. Stop by for a quick healthy snack or “Lunch on the Go”.  Take it to the pool and enjoy “Fun in the Sun”.  We will also be grilling poolside and offering some poolside service. Watch for more information on grilling times. Please remember Prairie Life does not allow outside food in the club or at the pool. Any questions or to book a party, contact Julie at or call Julie at 402-483-2322.

From Our Aquatics Department:

·      Group Swim Lessons: Summer Lessons will start June 6th –July 30th. We will be offering morning lessons on Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00-11:40 am and evening lessons on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4:30-6:10 pm. Register Online Now at Contact Tyler with any questions at or call Tyler at 4-483-2322.

·      Summer Swim Team: Summer Swim Team is back!! Our season will be starting Monday, June 6th 8:00-9:00 am kids 11 & up and 9:00-10:00 am for kids 10 & under Monday-Friday. Contact Nikki Pappas for more information at Or call Nikki at 402-483-2322.

·      Swim Meets: We invite all members to our home Youth Swim Meets on June 20th & 27th at 6:00 pm. Come cheer on the Prairie Life Swim Team and if you’d like to volunteer to help with the event, such as timing or being a runner, contact Tyler at Warm ups are at 5:30 pm and the Meets start at 6:00 pm. You can call Tyler at 402-483-2322 with other questions.

·      Pool Parties: Come celebrate your special event at Prairie Life…Pool Side! We will be offering pool parties this summer from 8-10 pm. You will be able to enjoy the slide pool privately! Parties available for all ages including adults. Base rate is $150 for the party with food & drink packages available for parties. Please contact Tyler at 402-483-2322 or at

·      Prairie Life Swim Club: Looking to perfect your swimming technique? Join the Prairie Life Swim Club to become a better swimmer! 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, could be precisely the advantage you need. Every Thursday morning from 5:15-6:00 am. Ages 16 and Up! $45 per month for members! Contact Kristina for more information at

From Our YAC Department:

Summer Day Camps:

Summer Day Camps continue throughout the entire month of June! Super sizzling summer fun here at PLF! All day care provided from 9am to 4 pm 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. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director at 402-483-2322 or at

Parent's Night Out:

Our June PNO will be Friday, June 10th from 5:30pm-9:00pm. Our theme is Backyard BBQ. We will spend the evening grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, playing backyard games, eating snow cones, and swimming in the outdoor pool. 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, or call Leyna at 402-483-2322. **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.

2016 Big Blast:

Come join us for our annual Big Blast on Friday, June 17th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Fun for the entire family! We will have party inflatables, dunk tank, snow cones, food, and music! Members and guests are welcome! Contact Leyna at or Tyler at or call Leyna or Tyler at 402-483-2322 with any questions. Come experience a High Energy Water Aerobics Class before THE BIG BLAST!! Work up an appetite before the party!! Join Anne in the outdoor pool from 4:30-5:30 PM. Contact Anne with any questions at or call Anne at 402-483-2322.

Open Gym:

Every Saturday in June, we will offer one hour of open gymnastics classes from 9:00-10:00 AM.  This will give children an opportunity to have fun, work on coordination and balance, and stay active in a safe environment. Registration will always open on the Monday before, and will stay open until we hit a maximum of 15 children. The ages for open gym are 3 and up. The open session will be supervised by one of our gymnastics coaches. If you have any questions please contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director at or call Leyna at 402-483-2322.

From Our Pilates Department:

Join us for Reformer Demos!! Tuesday, June 7th from 4:00-5:00 PM, Thursday, June 9th, 6:00-8:00 PM, Tuesday, June 14th from 6:00-7:00 PM and Monday, June 27th from 11:00 AM-noon. If you are interested in setting up a different time in June – please contact Anne at or call Anne at 402-483-2322 to set up an appointment for a Jump Start or demo. Jump Starts usually last 60 minutes, demos usually 30 minutes.

From Our Group Fitness Department:

Back by popular demand!! The Balance and Posture workshop by Kelly Hedlund. Thursday, June 9th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Cost is $20.00/person. Kelly will give you practical advice and exercises that you can practice at home that will help your posture, balance and life! Sign up TODAY at the Front Desk!! Questions? Contact Vanessa, Group Fitness Director, at 402-483-2322.

From Our Water Aerobics Department:

Come experience a High Energy Water Aerobics Class before THE BIG BLAST!! Work up an appetite before the party!! Join Anne in the outdoor pool from 4:30-5:30 PM on Friday, June 17th. Contact Anne with any questions at or call Anne at 402-483-2322.



Member Spotlight: Anne & Steve Lenz

Anne and Steve Lenz are no strangers to exercise and working out. Anne grew up in the competitive swimming world and Steve raced bicycles even before it was a thing, or at least well known. Both took part in many different athletic sports in school growing up.
Title 9 was invented and so sports had to be offered for girls in High School. Anne had her choice of Gymnastics and Swimming. Since she knew swimming; that was the obvious choice. Steve played Basketball in High School and ran Cross Country. Both were told to go to the weight room and lift weights. On their own. Without any instruction!

If Anne’s name seems familiar, it is because she has worked here at PLF for 20 years in October. She worked at the Y for 12 years prior to coming to PLF. Anne is an RN and our Pilates and Water Aerobics Director. She teaches water aerobics, Mat and Reformer, Chair and Orbit Pilates and has been trained in Barre. Anne worked with Dalton Barnard when he was an intern and decided her husband, Steve would greatly benefit from working out correctly with a Personal Trainer. Their only daughter is getting married July 16th and they both wanted to look their best for their daughter! Anne says it is her only time to be the mother of the bride, since they also have three sons!!

Anne stated, “I was so impressed with how Dalton approached the training, with explanations of the why’s and the hows to the weight lifting. He makes sure our form is correct and keeps watch over our joints or part of our bodies that may be problematic. It is so nice, after all of these years, to know what we are doing and that we are doing it correctly. I wish I had had this as a young swimmer! I also feel even as much training and education as I have had, and all the years I have worked in the fitness industry, I still find value and gain good insight and information from our training sessions. You never stop learning and what I have learned through this experience, I am able to take into my job and day-day living. I feel I am in the best shape of my life and feel so much stronger.”

Steve stated, “Working with Dalton has really made a difference.  Having the guidance and direction from him has helped me become stronger and lose some pounds and inches off my waist.  I have a few issues with my back and Dalton has taken that into consideration when developing our workouts.  It has been fun to do the tandem workouts with Anne and we always push each other to accomplish new goals.”

The other side story to this, is The Lenz’s son, Tyler, played soccer with Dalton when they were young. “It is fun to have Dalton as our trainer encouraging us like we used to be on the sidelines encouraging him with soccer. Funny the paths life takes.”

Manager's Corner

Make a Splash this Summer!
School’s out and it’s time to make a splash. Start by honoring the men in your life with Men’s Health Month activities. Raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging a healthy lifestyle is the best gift we can give the men we love. This month’s newsletter discusses the benefits our younger selves are giving to our future selves by living healthy. Every choice matters!

Now that summer is here the clubs will have new class schedules, new activities for kids and adults. Please let us know how we can help make your summer more fun.

Also, keep fitness at your fingertips with the PerFit App. Like Prairie Life Fitness on Facebook and share which routine you like the best. We’d love to hear from you.

Happy Father’s Day!

Luke Shepherd, General Manager

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