September 6, 2009 Newsletter

Dear GHD Member,
Whole grain foods are unrefined foods that provide good nutritional value. These foods help protect our bodies from cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. Processed foods lack fiber, vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients that the bran and germ of the grain provide. Common whole bran foods are barley, corn, oats, brown or wild rice, rye and wheat. Try to include at least three servings of these foods per day to reduce the risk of stroke, type II diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, gum disease and even tooth loss. One of the most important things to remember is to look at the food label and ingredient list when considering a food product. Make sure the whole grain is the first ingredient listed. The package might say 100 percent whole grain and have sugar as the first ingredient. This is not a good choice. Try substituting whole grains in your favorite recipes for healthier nutrition. A few simple suggestions include: substitute ½ white flour with ½ whole wheat flour in your baked goods; replace 1/3 of the flour in a recipe with old-fashioned oats; add ½ cup of wild rice to your favorite soup recipe; add ¾ cup of old-fashioned oats per each pound of ground meat when making hamburgers or meatloaf; stir oats into your favorite yogurt.
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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