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Healthy Cooking Dinner & Demo

Friday, April 3, You are invited to enjoy a healthy meal and learn new techniques to enjoy cooking easy healthy meals. An appetizer and dinner will be served. The event will take place from 6 - 8 pm. $20 per person (we kindly ask for a 48 hour cancellation). Sign up at the Front Desk or contact Ingrid at ilarsen@prairielife.com for more information.

For more information contact ilarsen@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
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Managers Corner

Hey Sugar, Fight Cancer by Eliminating Sweets

 

 

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Hey Sugar, Fight Cancer by Eliminating Sweets

We all know sugar isn’t “good” for us, but how many of us truly examine the harm it can do. Sugar interferes with our healthy and balanced physiology. Cancel cells thrive on sugar, making it even more problematic. Need proof? When a patient goes in for a PET scan to see if cancer is spreading, they are given dextrose, a form of sugar. Since cancer cells have more receptor sites for sugar than for anything else, the radioactive dye is easier seen on larger cells. It is also makes growth easier to detect. 

All of our healthy body cells need oxygen to survive. Cancer cells, however, get energy through fermentation. Simply put, sugar fuels the survival of cancer cells. Continued consumption makes them thrive.

According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, “High blood sugar and insulin levels also lead to elevated levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Milk cows injected with hormones, elevated IGF-1 plays a major role in the progression of many childhood cancers and in the growth of tumors in breast cancer, small cell lung cancer, melanoma, and cancers of the pancreas and prostate. Whether it’s the insulin, the body fat, the inflammation, or the hormones, many studies support the flat-out fact that sugar equals cancer.”

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2004 showed that women who ate the highest glycemic (or sugary) foods were three times more likely to develop colon cancer.

Alternative or Artificial Sweeteners?

Stevia, a natural herb stevia is the recommended alternative sweetener. Xylitol® is also an acceptable alternate. These both work great in baking and will help satisfy cravings for sweets without potentially causing cancer.

Maple syrup and honey are also natural but they will still cause a spike in blood sugar. Only eat in raw, organic forms if you choose these alternatives to sugar. Regular exercise will be required to burn off the extra calories of these natural beauties.

Anything packaged in pink, blue, and yellow packets are made in a lab and should be taken out of consideration. Saccharine, Nutrasweet®, and Splenda® are concentrated chemicals and have no business being in the bloodstream of anyone wanting to stay cancer free.

Sugar is found everyone and is probably impossible to avoid. According to published reports, “the top source of sugar for the vast majority of North Americans is soft drinks. Other sources include processed meats, pizza, sauces, breads, soups, crackers, fruit drinks, canned foods, yogurt, ketchup, and mayonnaise.”

As health conscious consumers, we can do our best to minimize our exposure. Start by making it a habit to read the ingredients of the foods we eat. Would you be alarmed to know that sugar is consumed at an average of 120 pounds per person each year? That looks like an area with ample opportunity for improvement on our own behalves.

This Just In… Other Cancer News

Incrementally, progress in our fight against cancer is being made. Perhaps, not as quickly as we’d like. Perhaps not in time to save the lives of people we love but increased awareness, healthier lifestyles, research and technology is moving us forward. We are becoming smarter about cancer and advancement, if not cures, are on the horizon.

Exciting news regarding new anticancer drugs have recently been announced. Johnson & Johnson has reportedly purchased the company that produces Imbruvica, a pill used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia and other rarer blood cancers. With the backing of Johnson & Johnson, it is speculated that other anticancer drugs may be on the horizon.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first immune therapy drug for lung cancer. Opdivo, has shown good results against melanoma. Additional testing has shown it can work against squamous non-small cell lung cancer, one of several types of lung cancer. The FDA granted approval after confirming claims that, “Opdivo, known generically as nivolumab, is a so-called monoclonal antibody. These are lab engineered immune system proteins that help the body attack and kill tumors.”

In the United States, with an estimated 224,210 new diagnoses and 159,260 deaths in 2014, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. Any advancement in the battle against this disease is exciting.

It is reported that in tests, lung cancer patients who got Opdivo lived an average of three months longer than those who got the standard chemotherapy drug docetaxel. It may not sound like much but some patients lived much longer. When stage 4 lung cancer is almost a certain death sentence, three more months is a lifetime.

Researchers at MIT have developed a new Nanodevice that defeats drug resistance.

The device, which consists of gold nanoparticles embedded in a hydrogel that can be injected or implanted at a tumor site, can also be used more broadly to disrupt any gene involved in cancer.

 

“You can target any genetic marker and deliver a drug, including those that don’t necessarily involve drug-resistance pathways. It’s a universal platform for dual therapy,” says Natalie Artzi, a research scientist at MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and senior author of a paper describing the device in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of March 2.

Club News

 

Member Spotlight: Jake & Jeff Goetz

Jake and Jeff began training with Brandon in November 2014 with the goal of increasing their overall muscular strength and endurance. Since then, they have stayed committed to weight lifting on a regular basis. Jake and Jeff have had noticeable strength gains in their bench press and squat as well as improvements with exercising form. In addition, Brandon has introduced a series of cardiovascular exercises that have continuously challenged Jake and Jeff to push them throughout each training session. It’s always a rewarding feeling to train someone who is eager to work hard and see results. Way to go guys! Keep up the good work!

Manager's Corner

Hide the Easter Candy, Hit the Easter Trails Instead


We love the freshness of spring. Everything and everyone seems happy and new. April showers wash away the last of the cold and bring with them a sense of hope and excitement for sunny days ahead. And, of course, there is Easter to look forward to! Before filling Easter baskets chock full of candy though, read through this months newsletter about the relationship between sugar and cancer. Even the Easter Bunny would have to agree that we all need to be smarter when it comes to sugar consumption. Don’t tell your kids we said that!... 

Summer is about 8 weeks away. How are you coming on your weight loss or “I’m going to be super buff by summer” goals? There’s still time to feel great about yourself before summer. Look at our class schedule, talk to a personal trainer or fitness instructor today. Also, on days you don’t make it to the club; remember to use the PerFit App to keep you on track.

Happy Easter!

Sincerely,
Debby Hudson, General Manager

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