- Police: Cape man kidnapped woman, then raped, assaulted her (06/30/16)7
- Many Jackson students may face random drug-testing (06/26/16)41
- Jackson man accused of felony assault after attack at Cape bar (06/26/16)7
- Four men accused of roles in three robberies (06/29/16)3
- Coroner asks for grand jury in Poplar Bluff fatal hit-and-run case (06/28/16)1
- Southeast president to get his U.S. citizenship July 4 (06/30/16)34
- Cape murderer still will serve 2 life sentences; appeals court forced reduced charge (06/30/16)
- Cape detective who helped solve Krajcir case is retiring (06/28/16)8
- Officials: Ash borer less of a problem here than in St. Louis (06/27/16)
- Business notebook: Melting Co. adds to Cape's food-truck fleet (06/27/16)
Shape Up Cape
An Associated Press story earlier this month pointed out that over a third of U.S. adults are considered obese. Also noted in the story was data from 2009 and 2010 listing 17 percent of U.S. children and teens as obese. These numbers are concerning, especially when considering the number of diseases that can be brought on by being overweight and the rising costs of health care.
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce is doing its part to help the community shed a few pounds and get healthier. A number of area businesses have registered teams to participate in the 11th annual Shape Up Cape, an effort organized by the Chamber. Starting in June the results from the contest will be listed on the Tuesday Health page of the Southeast Missourian.
Though the deadline to register a team in the contest has passed, it's not too late to start your own personal weight loss program. Cape Girardeau, Jackson and the surrounding communities have several facilities where individuals can exercise. And with warmer temperatures upon us, you can also take advantage of the area's many parks and trails.
Congratulations to all those who have made the decision to lose weight and start a healthier lifestyle.