April 6, 2008 April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Dear GHD Member,
As we grow older, a normal occurrence that most of us experience is the frustrating feeling of some memory loss. (Where are those car keys?) Research shows that we can delay and perhaps prevent some types of memory loss and confusion. Keeping your brain active and stimulated as we age is the key to keeping our body and mind healthy. Some suggestions to keep your brain busy include doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, play cards, scrabble or bingo, read books, newspapers, magazines and learn to use the computer and surf the Internet. Other recommendations include committing yourself to long-term physical activity which in turn will increase the blood flow to your brain. And remember, the same foods that are good for your heart are also good for your brain. Lastly, stay social. Leisure activities that provide physical, mental and social stimulation are the best. Spend time with your family and friends; enjoy each and every day.


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.

April 8th ELECTION DAY Your support of PROPOSITION HEALTH is appreciated.

April 10th Student Wellness Club Meeting 2:45 p.m. New Fitness Center at DeSoto High School. Contact Grace Anderson at 586-8940 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. 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. 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.

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? Underage Drinking as reported by DeSoto School District Youth
(data compiled from survey of 186 student in grades 6, 9 and 12)
v 42% of teens reported having drunk alcohol at least 1-2 times in past 30 days
v 15% of same students reporting having drunk alcohol 6-9 times in the past 30 days.
v 7% reported having a least one drink of alcohol on school property during past 30 days.
v 23% reported riding in a vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol
v 20% reported being drunk or high at school at least one time in past 12 month.

Dijon-Crusted Fish (S. Schmidtke)
3 Tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon horseradish
4 tilapia fillets (5 oz. each)
¼ cup dry bread crumbs
2 teaspoons melted butter.
Serves 4:
In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, 1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, mustard and horseradish. Place fillets on a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray. Spread mayonnaise mixture evenly over fillets. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, butter and remaining Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over fillets. Bake at 425 degrees F for 13-18 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
1 Fillet per serving: Nutritional Information Per Serving: 214 Calories; 8g fat; 3g saturated fat; 80mg cholesterol; 327mg sodium; 7g carbohydrate, trace of fiber, 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 very lean meat; 1 ½ fat; ½ starch.

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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