January 31, 2010 Newsletter

Dear GHD Member,
Congratulations to the 161 people who registered for the 5th annual DeSoto Better Body Challenge. We applaud your commitment to pursuing a healthier life style by reducing your current weight and beginning an exercise program which you can maintain for the rest of your life. We encourage you to log everything you eat and all time devoted to exercise in your food and activity booklet. This is an excellent tool to use to tract your progress. We look forward to seeing you at the next weigh-in on February 4th 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the DeSoto Early Childhood Center.
Thanks to volunteers Marsha Foster, Connie Gooch and Ann Vaughn for working at the GHD information booth. They enrolled 24 new members in GHD. Way to go ladies! Accolades of Praise extended to BBC volunteers Matt Gibson, Brenda Sona, Karen & Edgar Huffman, Trish Burkeen, Sarah Warncke, Donna Cummings, Carrie Weatherholt, Melissa Logsdon, Cindy Valle, Susie Allen, Jessie & Scott Williams, Julie Craig, Andy Held, Samantha Klaus, Mark Solomon, Ernie Paul, Dr. Jeff Carpenter, Tyler Bryant, Alex Wickerham and John Hedger with his terrific maintenance crew.
Many thanks to our monetary sponsors: Jefferson Regional Medical Center, DeSoto Chiropractic, Subway, All Weather Service, Dietrich Mothershead Funeral Home, Century 21- Heartland, SMCI, Hovis & Associates, Hopson Lumber and Haake Manufacturing. Prizes and give-a-ways were donated by National City Bank, SNAP Fitness, Eagle Bank & Trust, Struemph Electronics, Cherished Memories, Pogolinos Pizza Place, Southern Commercial Bank, Catch-A-Wave, Hamel & Rowe, Two Girls and a Salon, Werner C. Stichling & Associates, Hopson Lumber, Air Evac, American Cancer Society, Total Body Fitness, The Wellness Center & GHD.
Special thanks to: DeSoto Public Schools for printing our brochures and flyers, and for providing tables, chairs and the premises for all BBC weigh-ins; Chartwell’s Catering for healthy snack bars for our participants and light lunch for all volunteers and vendors; Spyder-Graphix for the 3 BBC banners; Fauth Appliances for the water. Additional thanks is given to our wonderful vendors: Air Evac, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, Beauti Control, Coleen’s Workouts, D.A.R.E. DeSoto, Inc, DeSoto City Police Department, Get Fit Festus, Love Your Body, Live Your Life, Methamphetamine Action Coalition, Medi Fast, Juice Plus, Natural Health & Home, National Coalition of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Jefferson County P.R.I.D.E., Molina Healthcare, SNAP Fitness, Tobacco Prevention Coalition, University of Mo. Extension Nutrition Office, Valle Ambulance, Y.M.C.A. of Jefferson County & GHD.
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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