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Easter Egg Hunt

Sat, April 4th at 11:00 am Back Parking Lot *Easter Egg Hunt starts at 11:00 am Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a basket and an eye for hidden eggs! Bring Friends!

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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 or Online. Please sign-up by April 9th.

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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

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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 Spots fill up fast, so don't wait!

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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.

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Group Swim Lessons with American Red Cross & WSI certified Chelsea Brewer. Registration opens up ONLINE ONLY February 1st through April 1st. Parent/Child registration opens up ONLINE ONLY February 1st-March 1st.

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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!

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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.

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Prairie Life Taekwondo

Come try a class for FREE! Tuesday and Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm. Member $50 per month, Non-Member $70 per month. Ages 6 and Up. Sign-Up email Kristen Mowen at

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Yoga for Cross Training Workshop

Saturday-April 18th 11:00am– 12:30pm Whether you’re a runner, cyclist or swimmer; yoga can complement, balance and enhance your training program! This workshop with Katherine Hubbard will help you experience how yoga can benefit your overall performance: *Spend time discussing the cross-training benefits of yoga *Go over modifications of poses to accommodate training-induced imbalance (tight hamstrings, anyone?!) *Practice an hour long class specifically designed to strengthen the core, loosen the hips, open the chest and calm the mind *Talk about what types of yoga fit best into the different phases of your training program *Take home a post-run/ride yoga sequence Prairie Life Fitness Overland Park Email: to register Cost: $25-Limited to 10 people Questions: Contact Katherine at

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Fresh Mix

MONDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 6:30PM STARTING SEPTEMBER 9 CONTACT JESSICA at 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!

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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

Member Spotlight: Lou Emanuel

Lou has been a member of OP Prairie Life since July of 2011. He is originally from Duluth Minnesota, but has been in Overland Park for 6 years. He works for UPS, and is a sports official for college and high school sports. Over the years Lou has used our Physical Therapy due to two major surgeries. He enjoys the great atmosphere her at OP PLF. One of the main reasons he has stayed at Prairie Life for so long is because of the variety of activities available and also the nice staff and members.   

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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