January 11, 2009

Dear GHD Member,
We all know that eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise and keeping a healthy weight are keys to a lifetime of good health. Getting and keeping a healthy weight is important for the whole family. It is time to adopt a healthy family lifestyle program. Start by selecting healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, fat-free milk, low-fat dairy products, fish and lean cuts of meat. Cut back on your portion sizes. Skip the junk food habit. Say no to quick weight loss diets. Get Active! Exercise burns calories, builds stronger muscles and allows for an overall healthier body. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise and keeping a healthy weight are keys to a lifetime of good health. Think about joining the Better Body Challenge as a family. We advocate healthy lifestyle changes for the entire family.
If you are an avid gardener and would like to get more involved in our community, we may have the perfect fit for you. GHD is looking for several volunteers and a Master Gardener to help us set up 2 community gardens in DeSoto. We need someone who loves to use their hands to work the soil in raised bed mini-gardens. This is a position of love as we only have funds to pay 10 hours a week at $7.00 an hour. If this job is of interest to you, please call Debby at 586-4570 or Carrie at 789-3372 ext: 113.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

November:
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.

Donations

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.

Sincerely,
Cathy Boyer
Secretary of Get Healthy DeSoto