August 24, 2008 Newsletter
Dear GHD Member,
The first DeSoto School Employee back to school health fair was held on August 13th on the indoor track in the high school gym. Participating agencies included the American Cancer Association, DeSoto Chiropractic, Jefferson County Health Department, Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Miracle Ear, Department of Social Services, Mercy Care Plus, Y.M.C.A. of Jefferson County, 9-1-1, American Diabetes Association, DeSoto Rural Fire Department, SNAP Fitness, Juice Plus, Show Me Healthy Women, Comtrea, Oooo Ahhh Massage, DARE, Traci Hardin, LMT and Get Healthy DeSoto. Services provided included: proprioception screening, bone density screening, audio screening; glaucoma screening, blood pressure check, tobacco cessation, portion control, budget menu planning, 2 massage therapists, mental health, CPR & CERT info and general health information. Special thanks to GHD volunteers Rosemary Wischmeirer, Doug & Kathie Roussin and John Hedger and his maintenance crew. Student volunteers included Clark Wischmeirer, Aaron White, J.C. Rotter and Ashley Pona. The success of health fairs is dependent on the partnership of organizations, volunteers and participation at the site. Thank you to ALL who attended.
Congratulations to Dr. Trish Burkeen, winner of the $25.00 gift card to Wal-Mart and Michelle Wooley, winner of the American Cancer Association Gift Bag. Winning names were drawn randomly from those attending.

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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