April 27, 2008

April 27, 2008 http://gethealthydesoto.blogspot.com
Dear GHD Member,
The Best Laid Plans…. sometimes don’t have a successful conclusion. Due to weather conditions and the condition of the grounds at Walther Park, Market in the Park had to be cancelled. Many hours of volunteer work were used in preparation of the event. A sincere apology is extended to all vendors who prepared for this day. It truly was not in our control. Your planned participation in this GHD fundraiser was greatly appreciated. Kudos of praise and appreciation to volunteer chairperson Beverly Wilson for the many hours donated in organizing the event. Special thanks to Rick Francis and Larry Krodinger for providing shuttle transportation for our shoppers and vendors. Also, many thanks to our scheduled volunteer workers for the day: Charles Campbell, Matt Williams, Jimmie Burkeen, Padre Bob Payne, Sandy Johner, Amanda Johner and Gene Thompson.

Congratulations to Brian Werner, winner of the DeSoto Police Department Weigh-Loss Challenge.


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.

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. 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.

May 7th DeSoto’s Get Healthy Task Force Meeting 5:00 p.m. in Chamber Room at City Hall.

May 9th-10th Relay for Life Festus Senior High School Football Field 7:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.

May 14th Healthy Lunch and Learn 12:00 -1:00 p.m. at St. Andrews United Methodist Church located at 1004 Rock Road. Topic: “Living with Diabetes” Speaker is Carrie Weatherholt, RD LD Get Healthy and Active DeSoto grant coordinator from JCHD. Healthy Lunch Served. Cost is $6.00 To make your reservation or for more information call Debby at 586-4570 or church office at 586-2472.

May 17th 2nd Annual Comtrea “Strides for Rides” 5K/1 Mile walk/run. 9:00 a.m. at the Arnold City Park Entry Fee is $16.00 if postmarked by April 18th; $20.00 after that date and on race day. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. For more information contact Brad Kinnear at 931-2700 ext. 323 or Leigh Counts ext. 114.

Did You Know? Eight Things you can do to prevent High Blood Pressure

v Lose weight if you are overweight and maintain a healthy weight Limit portion sizes.
v Eat heart healthy. Follow an eating plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy.
v Reduce salt and sodium intake. Read food labels. Limit sodium intake to 2,400mg or about 1 t. of salt per day.
v Drink in moderation. For men a maximum of 2 drinks a day and for women, a maximum of 1.
v Become more physically active. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes per day at moderate level. Ex: brisk walk
v Quit smoking. Smoking increases your chance of developing a stroke, heart disease, and other diseases.
v Take medication as prescribed by your physician.
v Talk with your health care professional (Info from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Cherry Cheese Pie (Light and Tasty)
2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
¼ cup cold water
1 package (8 oz.) reduced-fat cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sugar substitute equivalent to 2 Tablespoons of sugar
1 envelope whipped topping mix
2 cups fat-free whipped topping
1 reduced-fat graham cracker crust (8 inches)
1 cup reduced-sugar cherry pie filling

In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Heat over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in sugar substitute. Gradually add whipped topping mix; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Gradually beat in gelatin mixture; beat 1 minute longer. Mix in 1 cup whipped topping. Fold in remaining whipped topping. Spoon into crust; top with cherry pie filling. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Serves 8:
Nutritional info per serving: 1slice per serving. Calories 259; 10g fat; (6g saturated fat); 20mg cholesterol; 229mg sodium; 33g carbohydrate; trace fiber; 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat.

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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