We had a great time at the DeSoto Home Show. Check it out!
Spring race season is upon us! Here are some local (and not so local) races that you might find interesting.
1. Firehouse 5K on April 4th in High Ridge. This 5K run raises money for the Easter Seals’ TouchPoint Autism Service. For more information, check out their website. There is also a 2 mile fun walk!
2. April 18th will be the first annual 5K for the Relay for Life of Northwest Jefferson County in Cedar Hill. Race time start is 1:30 pm! Per their website, runners will be able to enjoy the opening ceremony of the event before the race as well as spend time at the “county fair” themed event afterwards. There will be plenty of food, entertainment and activities available for all ages including hot air balloon tethered rides, mechanical bull, bounce houses and bands. Funds raised through Relay for Life go directly to the American Cancer Society to help fund research for a cure, various programs for those battling cancer as well as education programs to reduce cancer risk. For more information, see their listing on the Fleet Feet calendar.
3. The USO Country Music Run is a 5K/10K run along a scenic and well designed course which is USA Track and Field Certified. The run starts Saturday April 25, 2015 at 4:00 P.M. followed by the concert at 5:30 P.M. Johnny Henry kicks off the music at Union Station followed by headliner Craig Morgan. Concert tickets are included in the price of registration. For more information and to register, check out their website.
4. Hillsboro Homecoming is right around the corner, and their annual 5K will be Saturday, May 16th. The cost is only $15 if you sign up before May 9th. For a copy of the information and entry form, click here.
5. The very next day, you could join the Make Tracks for the Zoo run, which benefits the Saint Louis Zoo’s conservation efforts. There will be lots of family-friendly activities associated with this run/walk, so be sure to check out their website for more information.
6. DeSoto Dash for Dystrophy 5k will be Sat, June 6th. It will begin at the DeSoto High School Track, 815 Amvets Dr., DeSoto, MO 63020. This is the 7th Annual DeSoto Dash for Dystrophy 5K, and it raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of St. Louis. The money raised helps fund research, summer camp opportunities and other services for children and families dealing with Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, and other neuromuscular disorders. Once we have more information about this race, we’ll share it.
If you have information about a local race, please feel free to share it. We’d be happy to pass that information along.
The fluctuating temperatures can only mean one thing: Spring is here! With it comes some fluctuating weather patterns too. Now is a good time to brush up on your family’s emergency preparedness plans, check your emergency supplies, and double-check the county (or counties) selected for your NOAA weather radio. For some good tips, check out the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.
Make sure your kids and others in your household are prepared in case of stormy spring weather.
It seems like there is a month for everything! January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. February is Heart Month and Black History Month. May is ALS Awareness Month, and even men, thanks to the NFL, know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each month gets its own PSA and schedule of events. (If you don’t believe it, google “ice bucket challenge”, and see how many resulting videos you get.)
Get Healthy DeSoto doesn’t really go in for that sort of thing other than to highlight important screenings and reminders at various times. However, we’d like to encourage you to declare the following for GHD Awareness for your household because getting healthy is what we’re all about, and really, isn’t that important all year?
- January-GHD Awareness
- February-GHD Awareness
- March-GHD Awareness
- April-GHD Awareness
- May-GHD Awareness
- June-GHD Awareness
- July-GHD Awareness
- August-GHD Awareness
- September-GHD Awareness
- October-GHD Awareness
- November-GHD Awareness
- December-GHD Awareness
(Perhaps we’re being a bit silly, but that’s important for your health too.)
If you support Get Healthy DeSoto and it’s many projects and events, please consider donating to the organization during the upcoming GHD Awareness Month! We appreciate your continued support and for allowing us to help build a healthier community.
The first measles vaccination was developed in the U.S. in 1954. That vaccination was improved in 1968, and we’ve been using the same ever since. The prevalence of vaccine use has greatly diminished the number of cases reported each year, but the recent outbreak has brought into question vaccination practices and effectiveness. The important things to remember, per the CDC, are these:
- The majority of the people who got measles were unvaccinated.
- Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated.
- Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S.
- Measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.