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Summer Camp K-6th & Ages 3-5

Prairie Life Summer Camp! Sing-UP NOW for K-6th and Ages 3-5. Sing-Up On-Line or E-mail Kristen at

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Beach Bod Boot Camp

Summer is right around the corner! Are you feeling confident? Come try this 50 minute boot camp taught by Personal Trainer Sarah Johns. First class is free, so come see what all the HYPE is about! Only $15 per class for members and $20 for non-members. Monday: 6:30 am in the gym. Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00 am in the body shop.

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Managers Corner

Summer's Here!

Break out the sunscreen and enjoy the warm weather! When it comes to skin cancer prevention, we're fortunate to live in a time where research and technology has provided us the knowledge and resources to properly protect our skin. While genetics can play a factor and past exposure may put some at higher risk, we still have the power to protect ourselves! We're hoping to see all of our members enjoying their summer festivities, activities and vacations slathered in sunscreen!

The summer season brings about new class schedules and programs. Nothing makes us happier than seeing families enjoying summer at the club. Prairie Life Fitness is founded on the principle of making fitness fun for families and individual members. A healthy lifestyle is contagious; get fit and watch those around you join in on a new or continued journey of wellness!

Looking forward to another fun summer—let's dive in!

Dustin Lewis

Summer Sun Survival Guide

With the long, hot days of summer come hours of fun in the sun—which can sometimes lead to sunburns. Read on to get the facts about the sun's rays and how excess exposure can affect you, and how you can play it safe to protect yourself from the sun's less-desirable effects.

While some sun exposure is good for maintaining healthy vitamin D levels and is linked to improving mood, it pays to be careful. Melanoma is the fastest-growing cancer in men and second fastest-growing cancer in women, second only to lung cancer. At least one American dies of melanoma every hour in the United States and in 2014 experts predict deaths caused by the disease could approach 10,000. The good news is, there are simple things you can do to minimize your risk, but first, here's a little lesson about the sun's rays.

There are many discussions about UVA and UVB rays, but what does this talk really mean? What are rays? First, UV (ultraviolet) radiation is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches Earth. These rays are not visible to the naked eye. The two rays that generate the most attention where sun safety is concerned are UVA (long-wave rays) and UVB (short-wave rays). It is the excessive amount of both UVA and UVB rays that contribute to premature skin aging, eye damage and skin cancers. Essentially, the excess rays over time damage the skin’s cellular DNA. Let's take a closer look at both types of rays.

UVA Rays:

  • Penetrate skin the deepest

  • Produce a tanned look as the result of injury to the skin's DNA

  • Cause cumulative skin damage

  • Play a major role in skin aging

  • Contribute to the development of skin cancers

  • Primary ray used in tanning booths

  • Penetrate glass

UVB Rays:

  • Penetrate the outer layer of skin (epidermis)

  • Produce sunburns due to damage of epidermis

  • Contribute to skin cancers and photoaging

  • Strongest from April to October, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • Do not penetrate glass

So now that you're up-to-date on UVA and UVB rays, familiarize yourself with some things you can do to protect yourself.

One simple, effective way to protect your skin is by wearing sunscreen. The effectiveness of sunscreen is measured by its SPF factor. An SPF factor indicates how long it will take for UVB rays to redden your skin when using the sunscreen, as compared to how long it will take without it. For example, if you use an SPF 15 sunscreen, it will take 15 times longer for the skin to burn than it would without sunscreen. An SPF 15 screens out about 93 percent of the sun's UVB rays; SPF 30 protects against 97 percent and SPF 50 protects against 98 percent of the sun's UVB rays. Newer sunscreens (broad spectrum sunscreens) protect against both UVA and UVB rays, making them good choices for the times spent outdoors for an extended period of time.

So, how do you choose a good sunscreen? While personal preferences generally dictate what you look for in texture or scent, you should look for a combination of these ingredients: stabilized avobenzone, ecamsule (Mexoryl™), oxybenzone, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Most ingredients that filter UVA rays are chemical and work by forming a thin protective film that absorbs UVA rays on the skin's surface before it can penetrate. Physical sunscreens (also called sunblock) work by reflecting UVA rays away from the skin. Some physical sunblocks are thick and white and produce a white, chalky look that many people don't prefer (picture a lifeguard at the beach with "white goo" on his nose). However, many newer physical sunblocks go on clear. Two common ingredients found in sunblocks are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

To get the most protection from your sunscreen while outdoors, apply 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to your face and body about 30 minutes before heading outside. You'll need to reapply that same amount every two hours while outdoors or immediately after swimming.

UPF Clothing
There is a growing market for sun-protective clothing. Clothing that offers UV protection is said to have an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). A UPF rating provides not just sunburn protection, but also blocks UVB and UVA radiation. The higher an item’s UPF rating, the more protection it provides.

Sun Safety Tips
The facts may seem daunting, but the good news is you can still enjoy being outdoors this summer. By taking some precautions, you can fully enjoy all your outdoor activities, while still playing it safe.

  • Seek shade outdoors, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • Do not burn

  • Avoid tanning, both outdoors and in tanning booths

  • Wear sun-protective clothing with UPF

  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses

  • Wear a hat

  • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. If you will be outdoors for a long amount of time, use a broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher

  • Keep babies out of the sun

  • Have your skin checked regularly by a dermatologist

These simple tips, incorporated regularly into your outdoor activities, will go a long way toward protecting your skin.

As you soak up all the fun in the sun, remember to play it safe with your skin to stay happy and healthy for many summers to come.

Member Spotlight: Robert Fowler

Robert and his wife Carol have been active members of Prairie Life since July 2012. Robert is now retired, but remains active as a volunteer high school softball coach at Bishop Miege High School and as a Johnson County extension master gardener. He and his wife Carol also spend more of their free time providing personal services to their two Norfolk terriers, Kauffman and Rosa.

Robert participates in Jason Belz's bootcamp on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. He also does Lea Wylie's arthritis water aerobics class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. "My trainer, Jason Belz, is especially positive and encouraging, and that has enabled me to get all of the others in our group to achieve the results we want."

He chooses to stay at Prairie Life because he not only has a great exercise regimen, but has met a lot of wonderful people, whose company and friendships he truly enjoys. "Prairie Life is a great place to work out. Its friendly, supportive atmosphere has made it easy for me to make daily exercise a part of my routine!"

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