March 2015 Health News & Events

March 02, 2015

HealthPoint Fitness Offers March Special

You are in luck! Join HealthPoint Fitness in March for only a $10 enrollment fee for you and your family.

Membership includes both Cape and Jackson HealthPoint facilities, three fitness sessions with a personal trainer and a nutritional consultation. For more information, contact HealthPoint – Cape at 573-986-4400 or HealthPoint – Jackson at 573-755-2301, or go online to

Preventing Colorectal Cancer: Free Informational Seminars Set for March 3 & 26

Colorectal cancer is deadly. Among cancers, only lung cancer kills more Americans each year than this largely preventable disease.

Colorectal cancer does not discriminate. This disease affects men and women equally. Those diagnosed with the disease often experience no noticeable symptoms.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that if everyone, aged 50 or older, underwent regular colorectal screenings, at least 60 percent of death from this cancer could be avoided.

Brent Keller, DO, of Southeast Gastroenterology will present two free, hour-long informational seminars, “Preventing Colorectal Cancer,” in March.

The first seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 3, at 6 p.m. in the Harrison Room at Southeast Hospital, 1701 Lacey. The second will be held on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at the Dexter, Mo., Chamber of Commerce office, 515 West Market.

Light refreshments will be served. Reserve your seat by calling 844-482-5833 or click on You also can take a free, online health risk assessment on that site.

Bosom Buddies Group to Focus on 'Spirit Boosters'

The Bosom Buddies breast cancer support group will focus on “Spirit Boosters” during and after cancer treatments at its meeting on Tuesday, March 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at HealthPoint Fitness in Cape Girardeau.

The support group is open to all women who have or have had breast cancer. Support group participants monthly share experiences, information and hope. To learn more, contact Barb McKeon at 573-334-7388.

Southeast Missouri Heart Walk Set for Saturday, March 7

The Southeast Missouri Heart Walk will be held on Saturday, March 7, at the Osage Centre. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The two-mile walk is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.

The American Heart Association Heart Walk is a time of celebration for those who have made lifestyle changes and encourages many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising money needed to fund life-saving research and education to save lives.

SoutheastHEALTH is a sponsor of this event. More information is available from SoutheastHEALTH at 573-331-6369.

Diabetes Self-Management Support Group: ‘If the Shoe Fits, Wear It’

Paul Bennett of Cape Prosthetics and Orthotics will discuss “If the Shoe Fits, Wear It” at the Diabetes Self-Management Support Group meeting on Tuesday, March 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. at HealthPoint Fitness in Cape Girardeau.

Aspects of coverage for diabetic foot wear and orthotics, along with local resources, will be discussed. This free support group is facilitated by Southeast’s diabetes educators. It’s geared toward people who are living with diabetes and trying to control blood glucose.

For more information, call the Southeast Diabetes Center at 573-339-0121.

Journeys Cancer Support Group to Focus on 'Managing Stress'

The Journeys Cancer Support Group will focus on “Managing Stress” at its meeting on Tuesday, March 10, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Southeast Cancer Center.

Crystal Montgomery, LMSW, will discuss the role stress plays in people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, and techniques to ease stress. Light refreshments will be served.

This support group serves cancer patients and their caregivers. The support group meets quarterly. Pre-registration is requested. To pre-register, call 573-519-4725.

Mended Hearts Group to Discuss 'Home Disaster Preparedness'

Southeast Hospital’s Mended Hearts support group will discuss “Home Disaster Preparedness” when it meets on Tuesday, March 10, at 6 p.m. in the Hospital’s Harrison Room.

Rodger Huffman, MSN, RN, of Southeast Hospital’s Emergency Preparedness Committee will be the featured speaker.

The local Mended Hearts chapter is part of a nationwide heart patient support network. Membership is open to heart disease patients and their families, medical and other healthcare professionals, and anyone who has an interest in furthering the mission and objectives of the Mended Hearts group. For more information, call 573-331-6630.

Healthy Cooking: Sensational Seafood on the Menu

Fish and other types of seafood are easy and quick to prepare. They play a big role in cuisines around the world, and there are many interesting ways to prepare them with wonderful health benefits.

HealthPoint Nutritional Services Coordinator Raina Childers, MS, RD, LD, will cook up a few dishes from the deep blue sea at her Healthy Cooking class on Monday, March 16, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at HealthPoint Fitness in Cape Girardeau.

The cost for the Healthy Cooking class is $3 for HealthPoint members and $5 for non-members. To register, click on or call 573-986-4440.

Lamaze Childbirth Preparation Class to Begin on March 17

Southeast Hospital will offer a Lamaze childbirth preparation class on Tuesdays for five weeks, starting March 17. The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 106 at the Hospital.

This class is taught by a Lamaze certified childbirth educator and is aimed toward preparing those who are planning natural childbirth or those who would just like a more in-depth preparation for their childbirth.

Class size is limited to eight couples, so please register early. Class is free to those delivering at Southeast Hospital. All others will be charged a $200 fee per couple. Please register at or by calling 573-331-6190.

Grief Support Group to Focus on 'With Spring, Comes Hope'

SoutheastHEALTH’s Grief Support Group will focus on “With Spring, Comes Hope” at its meeting on Wednesday, March 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at HealthPoint Fitness in Cape Girardeau.

The support group offers a safe place for adults to come together to share their grief following the death of a loved one.

Trained facilitators lead educational programs and provide an opportunity to share and heal. The group offers participants understanding, support and hope. For more information, call Bereavement Coordinator Crystal Montgomery at 573-335-6208 or Social Services at 573-651-5549.

Lifesaver Class for New Parents to Meet on March 18

Southeast Hospital’s Lifesaver class for new parents will meet on Wednesday, March 18, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in Meeting Room 106 at the Hospital.

This class helps participants recognize, prevent and respond to life-threatening situations. In addition to infant CPR and response to a choking infant, this course will discuss the seven steps to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

The class is free to those delivering at Southeast. There is a $10 fee for others. Seating is limited; please register online at or by calling 573-331-6190.

Spring 2015 Book Fair Set for March 19 & 20

SoutheastHEALTH Auxiliary will host the Spring 2015 Book Fair on Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20, at Southeast Hospital.

The fair will be held in the Hospital’s Harrison Room both days. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

The book fair will feature best-sellers, children’s books, cookbooks, educational materials and high-tech electronics. Books and gifts will be available at low prices. Enter to win “Welcome to Spring” bunnies. Mommy Bunny stands 40 inches tall and her little one is 24 inches tall, ears and all.

Cash, checks, debit and major credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds from Auxiliary sales will benefit patient care at Southeast Hospital.

SoutheastHEALTH Provides Support Group for Weight-Loss Surgery Patients

Have you undergone or are you considering bariatric weight-loss surgery? If so, SoutheastHEALTH’s Bariatric Support Group can help.

The group meets monthly. The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at HealthPoint Fitness in Cape Girardeau. The free sessions cover a variety of topics including meal planning and nutrition, behavior change and motivation, and exercise and fitness.

For more information, contact HealthPoint Nutritional Services Coordinator Raina Childers at 573-986-4440 or click on

‘When Your Shoulders Shut You Down’ Orthopedic Seminar Set for March 23

Orthopedic surgeon James Edwards, MD, will discuss labral tears and shoulder instability, as well as surgical and non-surgical treatment options, at the “When Your Shoulders Shut You Down” orthopedic seminar on Monday, March 23.

The free seminar will be held at HealthPoint – Cape from 6 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Reserve your spot today. Register online at or call 844-482-5833.

The shoulder is similar to a hip in that it’s a ball and socket joint. But the joint is very shallow, making it potentially unstable and prone to overuse injuries. Athletes, weekend warriors and avid sports players are most prone to these injuries because of the enormous stress that their high-intensity activities can place on their shoulders, Dr. Edwards says.

HealthPoint Will Host Shamrock 360 Indoor Triathlon

The Shamrock 360 Indoor Triathlon will be held on Saturday, March 28, at HealthPoint Fitness in Cape Girardeau.

It will consist of 10 minutes of swimming, 30 minutes of cycling on stationary bikes and 20 minutes of running on treadmills. First wave of participants will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a new wave every 15 minutes.

Early registration fee is $25 per person; $60 per team. After March 9, registration will be $30 per person or $75 per team. Payment is required at time of sign-up. Early registrations are encouraged as space is limited. For more information, call 573-986-4468.

Princess Tea Offers Two Sessions on March 28

SoutheastHEALTH Foundation will host a Princess Tea for little princesses, queens, fairy godmothers and everyone in the kingdom on Saturday, March 28, at The Plaza by Ray’s in Cape Girardeau.

Two sessions will be offered: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit SoutheastHEALTH Pediatrics, Obstetrics and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Tickets are $240 for a “royal table” of eight, which guarantees you will be able to sit together as a group. The cost of an individual ticket is $25. Princess makeover tickets also are available to purchase at $10 per princess. Appointments will be scheduled at the time of ticket purchase.

Princess Tea guests will enjoy sweets and tea or lemonade fit for a queen with very special appearances by Cinderella and some of her princess pals. Sessions often sell out, so it’s best to buy your tickets now! Tickets are available at the Foundation office, 60 Doctors’ Park, Lower Level, in Cape Girardeau. For more information, call 573-986-6622.