Club News

Tri Train Swim Begins March 2!

This class focuses on stroke technique and endurance swim workouts specifically structured for tri-athletes swimming around 2,000 yards or more.

For more information contact jwolcott@prairielife.com

Precision Basketball MARCH MADNESS SPECIALS

*Any 1 on 1 $35 each* *$30 off an 8 punch card* *$40 off a 16 punch card* *Bracket challenge~ Fill out a bracket for a chance to win a 1 on 1 session and a smoothie.*

For more information contact mspurgeon@prairielife.com

Seussville Party!

I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees! & it's Dr. Seuss' Birthday if you please! You could not would not want to miss a celebration such as this! March is the month! The 14th is the date! The party starts at SIX, so don't be late! Would you could you come and play? Cost: $15/per child Ages 3-12

For more information contact mspurgeon@prairielife.com
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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: Lydia Saggau

Lydia Saggau is now a sophomore at Kansas University. She is from West Des Moines and excelled at mid-distance track and field at Valley High School. When she is in town, Lydia trains with Brian Schroeder to increase speed, flexibility, endurance and strength. Being a D1 college athlete is no small task and though there have been minor set-backs, Lydia is excited for this year’s outdoor season. Congratulations Lydia and good luck this year!

Manager's Corner

New Nutritional Buzz

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.

Sign up for a free Wellness Jump Start with our Health Coach, Ingrid Larson! Free to any member, this initial consult is an opportunity to discuss your nutrition and wellness goals, in addition to developing a plan that our Heath Coach can help you to implement.

Heath Coaching 3 session package $210 or Individual session $75

Package includes: 

  • Grocery store tour and Label Reading
  • Portion Sizes    
  • In-home kitchen and pantry assessment
  • Food Preparation
  • Adult Weight Management    
  • Sports Nutrition    
  • Meal Planning
  • Pre/Post-natal Nutrition    
  • Navigating the restaurant menu
  • Weekly monitoring of food journal
  • Cooking Demonstration

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