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Wednesday July 23, 2014

Wine Social & Silent Auction on Oct. 18

Post-it Reminder for Wine Social and Silent Auction sponsored by Get Up & Go! in Belleville IL

On Saturday, October 18, from 6:00- 8:00 p.m., Get Up & Go! will host a Wine Social and Silent Auction at Eckert’s Belleville County Store. The cost is $50 per person.

This fundraiser will benefit our Healthy Community Fund, which provides mini-grants to community groups. Look for more information about this event in the coming months. We hope to see you there!

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Nine Community Gardens Funded by Get Up & Go!

Tomatoes in community garden by O'Fallon Garden ClubGet Up & Go! awarded nine Healthy Community grants to fund new and existing community gardens at churches, school, and neighborhoods in St. Clair County. Gardens were awarded between $250 and $1,000 depending on the size and scope of the project. Henry Raab Elementary School in Belleville received $250 to assist with planning their new garden.  

New gardens were funded at:

  • St. John United Church of Christ in Fairview Heights ($1,000)
  • Leu Civic Center in Mascoutah ($500)
  • Smithton Community Garden in Smithton ($500)
  • Community Performance Ensemble at Old Morrison School in East St. Louis ($1,000)
  • Henry Raab Elementary School in Belleville ($250)

Existing gardens were funded at:

  • Lebanon Garden Club in Lebanon ($500)
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church in Belleville ($500)
  • O’Fallon Garden Club in O’Fallon ($500)
  • Zion Lutheran Church & School in Belleville ($500)

Community gardens are essential in healthy communities – they provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables and encourage gardeners to stay active. The gardens’ progress and photos will be posted to through the end of the growing season.

For more information about the Community Gardening Grant Program please contact Cheryl Singsank, Board President, at (618) 960-7377 or

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Walk, Run, Bike St. Clair County

Walk, Run, Bike Meeting LogoA public meeting about walking, running, and biking in St. Clair County will take place on July 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the O’Fallon Public Safety Building. The meeting provides a chance for St. Clair County residents to discuss mutual concerns and progress towards improving roads, sidewalks and trails for all users. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is preferred. Click here to register or learn more.

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Three New Get Up & Go! Neighborhoods

GUG SignOver the past 6 months, three new neighborhoods have been recognized as Get Up & Go! Neighborhoods. There are now five Get Up & Go! Neighborhoods in Belleville. Congratulations to the following neighborhoods for making a commitment to healthy living:

17th Street Neighborhood Association

  • Has a community garden in collaboration with church
  • Held health and wellness workshops

Ogles Neighborhood Association

  • Holds food drives with neighborhood church
  • Conducts an annual 5K run/ walk (there are now two annual 5ks in their neighborhood)

Hexumbukel Neighborhood

  • Raised money to help with trail improvements near neighborhood
  • Worked with Farmer’s Market to get healthy food for a local food pantry

The other two Get Up & Go! Neighborhoods are in Signal Hill and Pleasant Hill. The Signal Hill Neighborhood created a community garden and worked with the school and city to develop a new bike trail. The Pleasant Hill Neighborhood helped turn a city-owned lot into a neighborhood park, complete with a trail and bike rack. They also worked closely with a local food pantry.

How to create a Get Up & Go! Neighborhood

Would your neighborhood like to be a Get Up & Go! Neighborhood? This is what you need to do:

  • Get a group of neighbors together who want to work to improve your neighborhood
  • Do the Community Healthy Living Index (CHLI) for Neighborhoods
  • Review the CHLI results

  • Work on one strategy to promote healthy eating (for example, start a community garden or organize a food-cooperative)

  • Work on one strategy to promote active living (for example, improve a local playground or start a walking club)

  • Review progress after making these improvements

To learn more, contact Jim Schneider, Director, Belleville Parks and Recreation, at

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Sign Up Now for the Get Up & Go! Biathlon

GUG Biathlon LogoCome join us on August 31 for the 4th Annual Get Up & Go! Biathlon and 5 Mile Run. All proceeds will benefit Get Up & Go. At the end of the race, we will announce the Cup Challenge winners for 2013/2014.

The route consists of a 5-mile run followed by a 20-mile bicycle race through the countryside around Belleville. You can also register to do only the 5-mile run or register as a team of one rider and one runner.

The cost is $35 for pre-registration and $40 the day of the race. The event starts at 7:00 a.m. at Belleville West High School. To learn more, please visit the website, Facebook page, or online registration.

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10 Reasons to Love Summer

Meat and vegetables on grillSummer makes it easy to live healthier, perhaps more than any other season. Here are 10 reasons why:

  1. Peaches – Eat them straight from the fruit bowl, add them to cereal, or bake them into a cobbler. Nothing tastes as good as a fresh, juicy peach! 
  2. More daylight – There are 4 to 5 more hours of daylight every day in the summer compared to the winter. This makes it easier to be active outside, where you can enjoy the fresh air and scenery.
  3. Homegrown vegetables – Grow them yourself or buy them from a roadside stand. Share them with a neighbor who doesn’t have a garden.
  4. Grilling – Grilling can be a healthier way to cook foods for several reasons. Fat can drip off meats and cook away, leaving less fat in the meat itself. Choose a lean meat to start with and marinate it to infuse flavor. Grilling also makes fruits and vegetables taste great!
  5. Early morning exercise – Did you know that exercising first thing in the morning makes it easier to stick to your exercise routine? Go for that walk in the morning when it’s still cool outside.
  6. Main-course salads – Have a salad for dinner once a week. Add grilled chicken, steak, shrimp, or hard-boiled eggs if you want some protein. Or substitute a grain like quinoa or couscous for lettuce.
  7. Yard work – Few people love yard work! But it’s a way to sneak in some exercise without really thinking about it. All that mowing, trimming, watering, weeding, and planting gives your muscles a workout that you just don’t get in the winter.
  8. Flavored water – We all know it’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day, but it can get a little boring. Try flavoring your water by adding fresh fruit, herbs, or flavor drops/packets (such as Crystal Light, Dasani, or Mio). The bonus? Fewer calories than soda or sweet tea.
  9. After-dinner walks – Take advantage of the extra daylight in the evening and go for a walk after dinner. No need to “exercise.” Take your time and feel the stress of the day leave your body.
  10. Vacations – Whether you’re going to the beach, the mountains, or enjoying a 3-day weekend at home, use it as a chance to a new activity. Ride or hike on a trail, swim in a river, learn how to paddleboard. Invite a friend to go with you!
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Balsamic Grilled Zucchini

Balsamic Grilled Zucchini2 zucchinis, quartered lengthwise
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  1. Preheat grill for medium-low heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Brush zucchini with olive oil. Sprinkle garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt over zucchini.
  3. Cook on preheated grill until beginning to brown, 3-4 minutes per side. Brush balsamic vinegar over the zucchini and continue cooking 1 minute more. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

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