March 23, 2008

March 23, 2008 Happy Easter

Dear GHD Member,
There are many causes for the rise in childhood obesity: increasing portion sizes, the easy availability of high fat, nutrient poor foods and fewer opportunities for physical activity. Studies have shown that parents who engage in healthier eating and activity habits are more likely to have children who mimic these behaviors. All caregivers can help shape a child’s food preference and eating behaviors by making sure that healthier options are always available. So remove all the chips and cookies and make sure that fresh fruit and vegetable sticks are present when hunger strikes.

DeSoto High Fitness Center is open to the public from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings and from 5:30-7:15 a.m. on Wednesday mornings.

P.A.C.E. (People With Arthritis Can Exercise) Class meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the DeSoto Public Library. One time fee of $5.00 includes an exercise booklet from the Arthritis Association. Class instructor is trained by the Arthritis Assoc. Call Debby at 586-4570 for more info.

Walking Club meets at the southern end (the cul-de-sac) of Walther Park every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m. Contact Cliff at 586-2343 for more information. Walk at your own pace.

Indoor Walking Track at the DeSoto Senior High School is open to the public every weekday morning from 6:00-7:00 a.m.

March 27th Student Wellness Club Meeting DeSoto High School Media Center 2:45 p.m. Questions?? Contact Grace Anderson at 586-8940 or Mrs. Kidwell at 586-1050.

March 27th Better Body Challenge Weigh-In 5:00-7:00 p.m. Vineland School Gym

March 29th Storm Spotter Class sponsored by DeSoto Rural Fire Department at 201 E. Main St., DeSoto, Mo. 8:00-12:00 noon Level I & 1:00-4:00 p.m. Level II Call 586-1602 to register.

March 29th Once Upon a Time sponsored by Concerned Parents of Jefferson County & the Jefferson College Foundation. 6:00 p.m. at JC Arnold Campus. $5.00 per adult; children under 12 free. Call 797-3000 Ext. 104 for more information.

April 17th DeSoto’s Get Healthy Task Force Meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall 5:00-6:30 p.m.

April 19th Market in the Park sponsored by GHD in Walthers Park from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. This is an ideal way to share your treasures and make a bit of money after your spring cleaning. Cost of 15’ x 15’ booth is $20.00; Food Vendor cost is $35.00. No rain date. Help support Get Healthy DeSoto by participating in this fundraiser.

May 2nd Get Healthy DeSoto Golf Tournament at Raintree Country Club. Tee Time is 12:00 noon. Cost to enter 4 person team is $260.00 and hole sponsorship is only $75.00. Massage Therapist Geri Mayer of Oooo Ahhh Massage will be offering Free Chair Massages to participants. A light dinner will be provided for all participants at conclusion of tournament. Your support of this GHD fundraiser is important and always appreciated. Contact Chairperson Richard Henry at 337-2232 or Debby at 586-4570 for more information or to reserve your team space.

Did you know? Benefits of a Healthy Breakfast (info from RD Carrie Weatherholt)

According to Carrie, breakfast not only starts your day off right, but also lays the foundation for lifelong health benefits. People who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to:
· Consume more vitamins and minerals and less fat and cholesterol
· Have better concentration and productivity throughout the morning
· Control their weight
· Have lower cholesterol, which reduces the risk of heart disease

Spinach and Feta Cheese Scramble (

No-Stick Cooking Spray 3 cups chopped fresh spinach ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cartoon (15 oz.) Egg Beaters with Yolk ½ cup crumbled reduced fat feta cheese chopped fresh tomato
Spray medium skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat; when hot, add spinach and pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until spinach wilts. Add Egg Beaters and cheese. Reduce heat to medium; cook 1 minute without stirring. Then stir occasionally until eggs are set, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately. Garnish with tomatoes. Serves 5.
Nutritional Info Per Serving: Calories 83; Total Fat 4g; Saturated fat 1g; Cholesterol 65mg; Sodium 419mg; Carbohydrate 1g; Dietary fiber 1g; Sugars 0g; Protein 11g; Vitamin A 39%; Vitamin C 2%; Calcium 8%; Iron 8%.

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GHD Christmas Tour Tickets on Sale First State Community Bank, Pogolinos De Soto, Drummonds Florist, Cherished Memories, Nature’s Aglow, Mona Lisa. & Library & DeSoto
Chiropractic. Tickets are $15.00.

November 12th
Toys for Tots Christmas Craft Fair 9:00-4:00 De Soto Armory Come by the Get Healthy DeSoto and De Soto Farmers’ Market Booth for great gift ideas. Cookbooks, umbrellas, cutting boards & knifes, raffle tickets on original Pastel Work of Art and GHD Christmas Home Tour Tickets.

November 19th
GHD Hiking adventure at St. Fran├žois Park. Gather at 9:00 a.m. at the De Soto Public Library and then travel to the park. Walk will be approximately 2 hrs. leader: Brenda Eaves 314-954-1578

November 26th
Get Healthy DeSoto Christmas Home Tour 9:00-3:30. 8 homes on tour. Tickets are $15.00 in Advance. $18.00 day of tour. For more info contact Elaine at 586-8335 or Debby at 586-4570.


Dear GHD Member:

This is such an exciting time for Get Healthy DeSoto. Our membership is growing and we are spreading the enthusiasm to surrounding communities. We have some significant projects under consideration for DeSoto. As a member I know you understand and appreciate the accomplishments GHD has made so far. I would like to update you on a couple of projects we are working on at this time.
Walking/Bicycle Trail in Ritcher Park
This would enable people to better utilize Ritcher Park in a healthy active way. The trail would cost approximately $13,500. At this time GHD has $2,500.00 on deposit with the City of DeSoto to go toward this project.
Walking Pocket Maps
Some of you may have seen the maps we currently have for three different courses throughout DeSoto. Our goal is to print seven additional courses. The total cost of the project is $3,099.50. This would give us 2,000 copies of each new map, reprint 1,000 copies of the three existing maps and would provide 10 outdoor plastic map holders.
Get Healthy DeSoto is proud to be able to provide the free membership that gives you access to the many educational sessions, newsletters and activities hosted by GHD. Our intention is to maintain this free membership.
If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution toward the projects listed above please make your check payable to “Get Healthy DeSoto” and mail to Get Healthy DeSoto, c/o Debby Campbell, 431 Johnston Drive, DeSoto, Mo. 63020. All donations are appreciated. We hope you will consider becoming a vested member in these projects.
Thank you for your participation in making DeSoto a healthier and active community.

Cathy Boyer
Secretary of Get Healthy DeSoto