May 4, 2008

May 4, 2008 May 5th is Cinco de Mayo

Dear GHD Member,
Congratulations to all participants in the Third Better Body Challenge. The individual results of each challenge just get better and better. Total weight loss for the participants was 1,050.4 pounds. Way to go! The top four weight-loss winners for the 2008 challenge are: Men’s Category 1st place winner is: Randy Davis - 21.56%; 2nd place winner: Joe Richmeyer-21.33%. Women’s Category 1st place winner is: Barb Richmeyer-15.66%; 2nd place winner: Jennifer Gord 13.15%. Each first place winner received a check for $805.00. Second place winners received a check for $55.00 with a $50.00 gift card from CATO going to Jennifer and a $50.00 gift card from Wal-Mart awarded to Joe. Hopefully during this challenge you have been successful in changing your eating and exercise practices to a more consistent and healthy style which you can maintain for the rest of your life.
Many thanks to Donna Cummings, health care professional, and to Cindy Valle, volunteer GHD & DARE member, for hauling equipment and faithfully attending every weigh-in to do the weighing, body measurements, recording and for their positive encouragement to every participant. Their work during this 14 week period was greatly appreciated. Also special recognition to Vineland Elementary School for allowing us to use their facilities. Once again, Thank you to everyone who participated in the Third Better Body 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 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 13th Student Wellness Club at DeSoto High School 2:45p.m.-3:45p.m. in Mrs. Petry’s room. This week’s topic is preparing a “Healthier Pizza”. Demonstrator is Carrie Weatherholt, RD from JCHD. Ingredients are donated by Chartwell’s.

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.

June 7th Kid’s Health and Safety Fair 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. on Main Street in DeSoto. Fair is sponsored by Valle Ambulance, DeSoto Rural Fire Department and GHD. Fair is being held in collaboration with the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce Spring Fest. Contact Debby at 586-4570 for more information.

Did you know? StairWELL to Better Health (CDC)

Taking the stairs is one way to be more physically active. At work or shopping, employees are often presented with a choice between taking the stairs, an elevator or escalator. Choosing the stairs is a quick way for people to add physical activity to their day. Another tip is to park at the back of the lot. Every extra step makes you healthier!

Flaming Bananas Foster
3 Tablespoons light margarine
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 bananas, peeled and diagonally sliced ¼”
5 dashes ground cinnamon
1/3 cup white rum
3 Tablespoons banana liqueur
3cups fat-free ice cream

Melt brown sugar and margarine in a medium nonstick sauté pan over medium heat. Add bananas and cinnamon, and sauté until tender, stirring occasionally. With matches ready, pour separately over bananas, stand back and attempt to “touch” the liquid with your lit match. Continue to simmer dish over medium heat through out flaming process (about 20 seconds) Once flame goes out on its own, serve immediately over ½ cup single servings of ice cream.

Serves 6:
Nutritional Info Per Serving: Calories 257; Calories from Fat 4%; Fat 1g; Saturated Fat 0g; Fiber 1.5g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 108mg; Protein 4g; Total Carbohydrate 48g; Sugars 26g. (Zonya Foco,RD “Lickety-Split Meals)

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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. François 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