March 9

March 9, 2008

Dear GHD Member,
According to the American Heart Association, children in the United States today are less fit than they were a generation ago. Many are showing early signs of cardiovascular risk factors such as physical inactivity, excess weight, higher blood cholesterol and cigarette smoking. Inactive children, when compared with active children, weigh more, and have higher blood pressure. Evidence shows that the process leading to heart attack and stroke begins in childhood. Healthy lifestyle training should start in childhood to promote improved cardiovascular health in adult life. Are you a good role model for the children in this community? Set a good example by promoting good health practices through regular physical activity, healthy nutrition and weight control.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

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 4:00 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 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.

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

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. For more info call Chairperson Bev Wilson at 586-8054. No rain date. Help support Get Healthy DeSoto by participating in this fundraiser.

May 2nd Get Healthy DeSoto Golf Tournament at Raintree Country Club. 12:00 noon Please put this on your calendar. Chairperson is Richard Henry. Details to follow.

Did You Know? Snow Shoveling Safety ( info from St. Anthony’s Hospital newsletter)
The incidence of heart attacks increases during snow shoveling. The effort required plus the effect of cold air in the lungs can be a dangerous combination. Caution should be exercised by those who are middle-aged and older, diabetic, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a family history of coronary artery disease or smoking history.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

November:
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.

Donations

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.

Sincerely,
Cathy Boyer
Secretary of Get Healthy DeSoto