June 8th

Pictures are from the Kid's Health and Safety Fair on June 7th, 2008.

June 8, 2008

Dear GHD Member,

The topic of the second Healthy Lunch and Learn, “Going Green” will be held on June 11th at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. (See details below) “Living sustainably is an important part of ‘living green’ which is the idea that we should use our natural resources wisely to restore and maintain a balanced world. The choices we make every day regarding the food we eat, how much water and energy we consume, the type of cleaning products we use in the home , and the kind of car we drive have a positive or negative impact on the earth. It’s important to take weight off the world, too” says author Jordan Rubin in the book entitled Perfect Weight. Hope to see you on the 11th at 12:00 noon to find out more about what we can do for our environment.


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.

Get Healthy DeSoto web site: http://gethealthydesoto.blogspot.com/

June 11th Healthy Lunch and Learn “Going Green” 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church located at 1004 Rock Road in DeSoto. Featured guest speaker is Kara Dunnam, Jefferson Country Recycling Coordinator/Field Inspector. Cost of session is $6.00. Reservations Required. Please call Debby at 586-4570 or church office at 586-2472 by Monday June 9th to make your reservation. Endorsed by the DeSoto Ministerial Alliance. Facility is handicapped accessible.

June 11th DeSoto’s Get Healthy Task Force 5:00-6:15p.m. in the DeSoto Chamber Room at City Hall.

Did You Know? A Dozen Ideas for a Greener Home by Stephen Hennessey’s magazine In Pink

We can make simple changes around our home that will make a big difference for the environment.

1. Change your incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent.

2. Take your own shopping bags or reusable canvas bags to the grocery store.

3. Use rechargeable batteries.

4. Recycle your newspapers, junk mail, and plastic bottles.

5. Watch the thermostat.

6. Clean out the bathroom cabinet. (Try natural products and see if they
work for you).

7. Unplug cell phone chargers when not in use.

8. Think green in the laundry room.

9. Check your cookware. (Environmentally acceptable cookware is stainless steel, ceramic coated, or stoneware).

10. Choose paper products made from recycled ingredients.

11. Use air filters.

12. Start your own compost pile.

Baked Orange Roughy with Tomatoes and Herbs(Diabetic Gourmet)

½ cups chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon margarine

1 large tomato, seeded and chopped

½ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano or ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

4 Orange Roughy fillets (1 lb. total) thawed if frozen

½ cup dry white wine

2 Tablespoons tomato paste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an oven proof skillet with nonstick pan spray. In the skillet over medium heat, saut̩ the onion and garlic in the margarine until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato and seasonings. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Place the fish in the skillet; cover with the sauce and pour the wine over the fish. Cover and bake for 15 Р20 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Remove the fish to a heated platter. Simmer the sauce in the skillet until reduced to 2/3 cup. Stir in the tomato paste, reheat, and pour over the fish.

Nutritional Info Per Serving: Calories 123; Protein 18g; Sodium 384mg; Cholesterol 23mg; Fat 2g; Carbohydrates 7g; Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 3 very lean meat.

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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