February 6, 2011

Dear GHD Member,

                When was the last time you had Lentils for lunch or dinner?   Perhaps during this cold weather, the time is right to try a good lentil recipe.  Incase you didn’t know, lentils are legumes related to beans and peanuts.  They are very nutritional and have a high protein content of about 26%.    Lentils are grown throughout the world but Botanists believe they originated in the Near East.  They come in a variety of colors; tan, green, red, orange, golden and black.  There is not a great deal of taste difference in the colors, but the green lentils have higher dietary fiber content.  Unlike dried beans, you do not have to soak them overnight prior to being cooked.  It is recommended that you first pick over the lentils and remove any that look broken or damaged and then rinse them.  They do not have a strong flavor on their own but they do a great job of absorbing flavors and spices.  You can serve them hot, or add to a salad and serve cold.  In a single serving of uncooked lentils (½ cup) there is 60% of the recommended daily allowance of iron, 67% of RDA of Vitamin B1, and 31 grams of dietary fiber which helps reduce cholesterol.  Sound like a super food?  Give it a try, add your favorite spices or hot sauce and enjoy.
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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