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Hello Sunshine!

Welcome to Sun Safety Awareness Month. Time to remember that while we love to bask and play in the sun, it is important to protect our loved ones and ourselves from its harmful rays. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in America. One in five people is affected during their lifetime and each hour, one American will lose their life to skin cancer.

Everywhere you look there are products and tips on what to do to keep you safe. We’ve compared the lists and compiled a quick checklist for sun care.

#1: Oh Baby

Shield the smallest members of your family from the sun with covered strollers or umbrellas. While no SPF is recommended for infants under the age of 6 months, when it is unavoidable, choose a broad-spectrum with at least an SPF of 45, specifically designed for babies. Infants have sensitive skin and require more TLC and gentler formulas. These use physical barriers like titanium dioxide, rather than potentially irritating chemical ones and are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.

They are available at different prices points based on formula and style of application. If your little one is going to be splashing around in the wading pool, be sure to use a water-resistant formula, which keeps doing its job even when wet. Reapplication is necessary once your child is back on dry land. Spray may seem like the easiest way to get SPF onto a toddler, but to get the protection promised on the outside of the bottle, you need to spray the same spot for six seconds. A quick spray only provides the equivalent of a SPF 7. Lotion is the best economical and effective option.

#2: Smart Application

Twenty minutes before heading out, apply SPF to give it time to absorb so it won’t slide off your (or their) soon-to-be sweaty body. Be sure you don’t miss the usual forgotten spots including ears, nape of the neck, backs of the knees, ankles, and armpits. Apply sunscreen one inch beyond the border of clothing to avoid hot spots.

After you apply a sunscreen, it’s ability to protect you from the sun only lasts for about two hours. Yes, only two hours. If you apply sunscreen at 9 a.m., it is no longer protecting you at 11 a.m. So, to be protected from sunburn, skin cancer, and aging, you need to reapply sunscreen every two hours. Keep a small bottle of SPF with you so you’re ready to reapply like a pro.

#3: Make Your Own Shade

Hats – Shapes and styles for everyone. √

Sunglasses – Ditto. √

Umbrellas – Rain or SHINE! √

Tents – Pop those puppies open. √

UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) Clothing? Maybe not in your closet yet but it exists…

SunGuard Sun Protection - A laundry additive that transforms clothes into UPF marvels for up to 20 washes. Perhaps something to consider during your next Google search.

#4. SPF Everyday

Use sunscreen even on days that you are not sitting in the sun or going to the pool. Many people think that they only “get sun” when they are at the pool or beach. Sunscreen should be applied everyday that you leave your home during the day to protect your skin. The study of sun damage has taught us that we get significant sun expose while doing everyday things like driving, walking or exercising outdoors.

Think sunscreen isn’t important? Think again! This man’s face makes a compelling argument for wearing sunscreen. Everyday. Delivery truck driver, Bill McElligott, 69, has unilateral dermatoheliosis; according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays transmitted through the window of his delivery truck have severely damaged the skin on the left side of his face during the 28 years he spent driving. As a result, the left side of McElligott’s face looks roughly 20 years older than the right. Taking an extra minute to protect your skin is worth saving your skin.

#5 Recovery 101

Mishaps happen to the best of us so if you do get sunburned, take steps to quickly soothe the pain and inflammation. Apply a topical 1 percent cortisone cream; consider taking Advil, and drawing them a cool bath with oatmeal bath (check with your pediatrician re: Advil and hydrocortisone with babies and children). If you see blistering or have chills/fever, consult your doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible.

Safety first! Now enjoy summer, free of burns of full of fun.

Club News


Upcoming Events at PLF

From Our Aquatics Department:

Group Swim Lessons: Our next round of Group Swim Lessons will be August 29- October 24th. Registration will start August 7th at 12:01am online! Contact Tyler with any questions at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

Youth Swim Team: Youth Swim Team will be starting back up after Labor Day!!! Stay tuned for new times and days!! Contact Tyler with any questions at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

Swim Meets: Our Prairie Life Penguin Swim Team Championship Meet will be July 18th! Time and Place to be announced! Contact Tyler with any questions at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

Pool Parties: Come celebrate your special event at Prairie Life…Pool Side! We will be offering pool parties this summer from 8-10pm. You are 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. Contact Tyler with any questions at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

From Our Youth Activities Department:

Parents Night Out (PNO)

Our July PNO will be Friday, July 8th from 5:30pm-9:00pm. Our theme is S'more Summer. We will have our own little campout in Studio B, complete with s'mores, camping games and crafts, and a movie. Please bring a sleeping bag if they have one. 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.

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.

Summer Day Camps:

Summer Day Camps continue throughout the entire month of July! 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 into 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

Fall Youth Program Registration:

Fall 2016 Youth Program Registration will open at midnight on Monday, August 1st and run through the entire month. You can register for all available youth programs here: --. 

From our Pilates Department:

Have you been curious about the Reformer? Afraid to ask or try it out? There is nothing to fear and only great things to FEEL!! Come to our July demos and see what it is all about! Monday, July 11th from 4:00-5:00 PM, Tuesday, July 19th from 6:00-7:00 PM, Monday, July 25th from 11:00-12:00 noon, and Thursday, July 28th from 6:00-8:00 PM. If none of these times works for you, contact Anne at, or call Anne at 402-423-3362 to set up a time that does work for you!



Member Spotlight: Doug McCallum

Doug McCallum joined PLF about one year ago. He had been a member some years ago, however. When he joined this time, he had four main goals; to lose weight, and to feel better mentally, physically and emotionally.

He is still working on these goals, but from January 1 to June 1, 2016, with the help of two friends seen in the picture, and A LOT of hard work, Doug has lost 57 pounds!!

Here is what Doug has to say about his success, “I have to say that having a place to go daily with all the equipment one could ever need and having a physical and emotional coach, this achievement would have been much harder. The daily/weekly “atta boys” by Justin and seeing the pounds drop off weekly were encouraging. This has been a lifetime albatross for me. I am feeling much better about all the aspects mentioned before. THANK YOU Prairie Life Fitness and Justin Wittler, trainer, coach and motivator, and Mr. Ellipitical, my favorite piece of equipment!”

When asked if Doug would recommend PLF to friends and family, here was his reply, “The plethora of equipment available, the classes offered and the professional training staff can help you achieve your goals IF you are willing to go the extra mile to achieve your goals.”
Thank you, Doug, for trusting us to be a part of your fitness journey and thanks for coming back to PLF!! Keep on keeping on!

Manager's Corner

From Funrise to Funset
Summer is in full swing and we are here to enjoy every sensational minute with you. For our early risers, to the mid-day rush of families and evening faithful’s, we are here to serve throughout every season. But, there is something special about summer. Everyone seems more carefree and casual. One thing none of us can afford to kick back and relax on is sun care.

July is UV Safety Awareness Month so we’ve filled the newsletter with tips about summer skin care. Slather on the sunscreen before diving into the fun!

Speaking of fun and fitness. The clubs are revved up and ready to go with world-class trainers, instructors, equipment and classes.

Summer vacation doesn’t have to set your fitness goals packing. Stay in shape while you are away the Perfit App on your smartphone or tablet.

Happy 4th of July!

Luke Shepherd, General Manager

Perfit exercise of the month

Side Plank Power

Click above to see a video of our exercise of the month and click below to download PerFit, available on both iPhone and Android!



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