Club News

GROUP SWIM LESSONS

Group Swim Lessons with American Red Cross & WSI certified Chelsea Brewer. Registration opens up ONLINE ONLY May 15th.

For more information contact Sfreijat@prairielife.com

Prairie Life Hoops Clinic

Prairie Life Fundamentals Basketball Clinic April 12th,19th,25th and 26th K-2nd 2:00-3:00 pm and 3rd-5th 3:00-4:00 pm $100 Member $125 Parent Member $150 Non-Member To sign-up contact Kristen Mowen at kmowen@prairielife.com or Online. Please sign-up by April 9th.

For more information contact kmowen@prairielife.com

Little Kids Summer Camp

Little Kids Summer Camp- Ages 3-6 Come let the little ones have FUN this summer 3 days a week. M-W-F 9:00am-12:00pm Click and download to see what different themes we have each week. Member $50, Non-Member$65 Sing-up Online or contact Kristen Mowen at kmowen@prairielife.com

For more information contact kmowen@prairielife.com

SWIM TEAM

PLF PIRANHAS with swim coach Katie Ohlde! Start date JUNE 1st (through July 17th) registration ONLINE ONLY. Cost for members $160, parent members $170 & non-members $180.

For more information contact Sfreijat@prairielife.com

Big Kids Summer Camp K-6th

Big Kids Summer Camp Information is here!! Each week is a different theme activity! Click and download the information for each week. 9:00am-4:00pm 1) M-F Member $145, Non-Member $165 OR Pick any 3 days Member $100, Non-Member $120. Sorry no half days or just one days. Sign-up Online or e-mail Kristen Mowen at kmowen@prairielife.com. Spots fill up fast, so don't wait!

For more information contact kmowen@prairielife.com

Swim Team CLINIC

Get ready for swim team season with coach Katie Ohlde at PLF! Start date is March 24th-May 17th (eight weeks). You can choose one practice day or two. Practice days are Sunday 3-4pm, Tuesday/Thursday 4:30-5:30pm. The cost for one practice day for a member is $100. The cost for two practice days for a member is $160. The cost is for the full eight weeks. Non-members add $10. There will be NO practice Easter Sunday but swimmers may make that up on either a Tuesday/Thursday. Email Aquatics Director, Sarah Freijat to register!

For more information contact Sfreijat@prairielife.com

Pilates Reformer Start-Up Offer

Group classes are a great way to learn the Pilates system on a budget! Class size is kept to a minimum of 6 in order to provide individualized attention. We currently have classes on: Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays/Fridays at 12:30 pm Tuesdays/Thursdays at 5:30 pm Wednesdays at 6:00 am Fridays at 6:30 am Wednesdays at 11:00 am Tuesdays at 4:30 pm Classes will be added based on interest. Private Pilates Reformer Training Private Pilates training is one of THE best things you can do for yourself. Privates really hone in on YOU! You will get special attention and direction specifically tailored to your individualized needs. Private sessions will also help you to learn the Pilates system a little faster, making changes within the body happen sooner, thus giving you results! Pilates Reformer Start-Up Offer at Overland Park location *One 1-hour demo to develop basic skills and terminology, and learn basic usage of the reformer while enhancing core/muscular strength and flexibility. *Two 1-hour private sessions *Six 1-hour group reformer classes Normally $300; available for $250 to 1st time reformer participants.

For more information contact mcatlin@prairielife.com

Fresh Mix

MONDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 6:30PM STARTING SEPTEMBER 9 CONTACT JESSICA at jessica.r.roth@gmail.com or 913.660.8148 Looking for a new workout to engage both mind and body? Join us for a fresh and challenging mix of unique mat work, barre work, cardio bursts, light weights and resistance sequences to help achieve long, lean muscular structure without bulking or causing inflammation to the joints. This full-body workout will get your heart pumping while engaging your muscles, along with developing a positive mind-body connection. Fun, upbeat music guaranteed! Expect to walk out the door with a challenging workout for your body, and a refreshed mind!

For more information contact jessica.r.roth@gmail.comq
Club Newsletter

Managers Corner

State of Depression

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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: Charles Lee

Charles is a retired Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgeon. He participated in track/field and football in high school and also played college football. He is also a life-time martial artist and health and fitness enthusiast. He was a prior member for year, took a short hiatus, and returned approximately six months ago. He currently does Personal Training with PLF’s Group Fitness Director, Mallory Caitlin. He said he stays at PLF OP because of the friendly staff and atmosphere.
 
Charles is extremely friendly and positive, and the staff loves him!    

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.

Don’t forget to look at the summer class schedule when planning for summer activities. Also, when you’re on vacay; remember to use the PerFit App to keep you on track.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Dustin Lewis, Manager

Perfit exercise of the month

Walking Lunges - Perfect for at Home or on the Go!

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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