May Declared Exercise is Medicine Month


Photo of Southeast students and faculty members with Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson

Southeast students and faculty members joined Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson as he proclaimed it Exercise is Medicine Month in Cape Girardeau.


May 2, 2008 – Southeast Missouri State University officials joined officials with the City of Cape Girardeau today in declaring May as Exercise is Medicine Month.

The declaration is part of a larger nationwide movement spearheaded by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA). Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson today underscored those efforts by signing a proclamation declaring May as Exercise is Medicine Month in the office of Cape Girardeau City Manager Doug Leslie.

The local campaign for Exercise is Medicine was led by Dr. Mark Langenfeld, professor of health, human performance and recreation, and biology at Southeast Missouri State University, and supported by colleagues of the department along with those in the Department of Nursing. 

Exercise is Medicine Month is centered on the idea that exercise is an important part of preventive health and rehabilitation and is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

“Collectively, we [the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation and the Department of Nursing]have great professional interest in encouraging a physically active lifestyle in the interest of good health,” Langenfeld says.

“Evidence continues to grow that active lifestyles can help combat various diseases that cost us so much economically, as well as, detracting quality of life,” he says.

Langenfeld says he is pleased to have been locally involved with initiating the Walk to School effort, the Safe Routes to School infrastructure grant last year for uniform safety signals, bicycle route planning that is continuing, and the grant application recently submitted to start up a Walking School Bus program.

“The City of Cape and its leadership is being visionary in various aspects of development of recreational facilities and sidewalk development,” Langenfeld said. “The city leadership is moving actively to enhance the city’s infrastructure to facilitate physical activity. I believe that these various efforts also over time shift a local culture toward an attitude of increased emphasis on active lifestyles.”

For more information about promoting physical activity and the Exercise is Medicine campaign, visit