Dear GreatLIFE Member, Team Member & Support Team,

I think we have seen the last of snow until late this year and nice weather is in the forecast. The golf season is in full swing and soon the free clinics will begin. As we have done since the arrival of Covid, we are still focusing on you and our Team’s health and safety at all of our facilities as the vaccines are providing a safer community.
If you haven’t had a chance to checkout our GreatLIFE Golf Academy out at Willow Run, please do. PGA Pro Drew Trautman would be happy to show you all the resources we have to make you a better golfer. You can reach Drew at if interested. If you want help getting golf ready please visit GreatLIFE TPI trainer Nate Christensen at for an assessment. To learn more about all the opportunities, services, Member Benefits and locations please go to if interested.
The two GreatLIFE Cares Foundation’s coalition partners we are focusing on this month are both Christian based organizations. Collision is a faith-based program for middle and senior schools students whose purpose is to connect and empower students to ignite hope. It’s mission is to “Equip students to become faithful followers of Christ who share the gospel, multiply and transform their schools and the world around them”. Collision is involved with all the public high schools, Sioux Falls Christian as well as several schools outside Sioux Falls. You can go to to learn more.
The other GreatLIFE Cares Foundation coalition organization is Sioux Falls Young Life whose intent is to “Invite young people to experience life as God designed it to be lived”. Through mentoring leaders they participate in meetings, games and camps with a Christian emphasis. Young Life has held a par three tournament out a Willow Run for several years with some very unique golf holes. This year’s Young Life Par Three Tournament is May 26th. You can go to to learn more.
Our second annual GreatLIFE Cares Foundation’s Challenge for Change is June 21st. We are doing a Father’s Day celebration with a free golf clinic with PGA Teacher of the Year, Mike Malaska, followed by a reception with Nebraska legendry football coach, Tom Osborne, and founder of TeamMates Mentoring program. Please contact Jacki Pranger at for sponsorship information.
Lastly, wishing all the Mothers a great Mother’s Day, maybe surprise her with brunch at the Willows. Thanks for being a GreatLIFE Member. Enjoy the video on how to live to be 100, you’ll be surprised what the top two indicators for a long life.

COVID-19: Regular exercise may cut COVID-19 death risk by a third, major study finds
Thirty minutes a day, five days a week, or 150 minutes a week of exercise that gets you at least slightly out of breath is needed.

By Russell Hope, news reporter Wednesday 21 April 2021 10:04, UK


Gyms can now reopen across Tier 3 areas in England

People need to be doing at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week

Regular exercise reduces the chances of dying from infectious diseases such as COVID-19 by more than a third and makes people 31% less likely to catch the virus, a major study has found.

The world’s first study into the link between exercise and COVID-19 immunity suggested people need to be doing 30 minutes a day, five days a week, or 150 minutes a week of exercise that gets them at least slightly out of breath. Recommended activities include walking, running, cycling and strengthening exercises.

Such physical activity can also make vaccines up to 40% more effective, an international team of researchers, led by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), said.

The scientists concluded that the recommended amount of exercise can result in a “31% decrease in the risk of infectious disease such as COVID-19, a 37% decrease in the risk of death as a consequence of infectious disease such as COVID-19 and an increase in the efficacy of vaccination against viral disease such as COVID-19”.

Project leader, GCU professor of health behavior dynamics Sebastien Chastin, said they found that physical activity “strengthens the first line of defense of the human immune system and a higher concentration of immune cells”.

The “hugely significant” research “could help to cut the number people contracting COVID-19 and dying from it”. “The clear message is stay active – it’s not only good for your mental and general health but we now have the proof that it is also good for boosting your immunity.”

It has to be a regular commitment, he said, with the added benefit that “if you add physical activity to your vaccination program it increases the potency of the vaccination”.

“We are recommending a 12-weeks physical activity program before vaccination which could result in 20 to 40% more effective immunization.”

The group, which included world-renowned immunologists and epidemiologists, carried out a full-scale systematic review of 16,698 worldwide epidemiological studies published between January 1980 and April 2020.

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