After much anticipation and planning, there has been physical progress on the trail connecting the elementary and high school campuses. Check out the photos and let us know what you think.
Just a reminder!
Weigh-in for the Better Body Challenge is tomorrow, February 7th. Please stop by the De Soto Community Center between 5:30 and 7 pm to weigh-in. The YMCA will hold a fitness class during the weigh-in.
If you haven’t registered for the Winter Flakes Run/Walk, there’s still time. You can download the registration form here.
The response has been really positive, and there are 143 participants so far!
In case you’re wondering about the route, check this out:
The GHD Hiking Club has had so much fun this year. We have had more smiles per mile than you could shake a hiking stick at! We have seen so many magnificent sights! The picture (left) was taken at Hahn State Park on the White Oak trail. We were stopping for our snack break. We always have to have at least one snack break.
We hike every other Saturday in the fall and winter and different people show up each time. One thing we have learned is that it is a small, small world. It seems no matter who is there on a given week, we all have friends, places, and stories in common. We truly enjoy each other’s company.
We always make it a fairly leisurely hike, taking in all the sights along the way. We have seen creeks, waterfalls, glades, wildflowers, boulders and many other natural beauties, as well as a few manmade ones, such as charming little bridges. We always joke and laugh along the way, and sometimes even sing. It doesn’t seem to matter if we’re in tune.
Missouri has some of the best hiking trails in the country and we have enjoyed many of them this year. We have been to Valley View Glades, Mooner’s Hollow trail, Hickory Ridge trail, White Oak trail, Opossum trail and Victoria Glades. Tomorrow we are heading to the Pine Ridge Loop Trail at St. Joe State Park. It is approximately 6.5 miles. That is the exception for us. Our hikes are usually two to three miles long.
Whatever the length, they are all a pleasure to travel. After tomorrow, we still have four on our schedule for this year. One is Pickle Springs trail, which has been said to have, “more smiles per mile than any trail in Missouri.” Come out and join us someday for plenty-oh-smiles per mile :-)).
The Better Body Challenge, one of the most popular Get Healthy De Soto programs, starts on Thursday, January 24th. It will be held at Vineland Elementary School Gym from 5-7:30 pm. The goal of the program is to help individuals lose weight in a way that is healthy and lasting. Tips, recipes, and a cheering section have helped participants lose weight and keep it off. Several booths will be set up during the kick-off, so feel free to peruse the gym. There is a sizable prize for the man and woman who lose the most.
In addition to getting weighed and measured at the kick-off, there will be bi-weekly weigh-ins on the following dates:
- February 7th
- February 21st
- March 7th
- March 21st
- April 4th
- April 18th
April 18th will be the final weigh-in, and like all the other weigh-ins after the kick-off, it will be held at the De Soto Community Center from 5:30-7 pm. We’ll try to send reminders about the weigh-ins, so please be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed to keep up to date.
The cost is $25.00 per participant. This includes a t-shirt, health fair, and encouragement. For more information or to request an enrollment form: call Mark at 636-586-9820. This program is sponsored by Get Healthy De Soto and DARE.
It sounds odd, but may the best loser win!