• Healthier School Meals, Too

    As students returned to the classroom this fall, new federal nutrition guidelines went into effect to ensure that healthier, more nutritious meals are being served. The new standards for school meals are being implemented as a result of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 which aims to help combat child hunger and obesity.… [Continue Reading]

    Healthier School Meals, Too
  • More Recycling Info

    In the Northern Hills, recycling services are offered in Belle Fourche, Spearfish and Sundance, WY, through Northern Hills Recycling. In Sturgis there are currently two drop-off locations for recycling. On site is along Junction Avenue across from Jacobsen Ford. The second site is on the east side of Lynn’s DakotaMart in the parking lot near… [Continue Reading]

    More Recycling Info
  • Don’t Diet: Instead Adopt These 8 Healthy Habits

    Have you ever tried to lose weight on a diet – only to find it doesn’t work, or you simply gain the weight back? That’s why Zonya Foco, a registered dietitian, author and certified health and fitness instructor, says people need to lose the diet mentality. Instead, she recommends people focus on incorporating healthy habits… [Continue Reading]

    Don’t Diet: Instead Adopt These 8 Healthy Habits
  • Recommended Reads

    Take these Steps to a New You It’s never too late for a new beginning, believes Christian speaker and author Joyce Meyer. In her newest book You Can Begin Again, she points to that theme throughout the Bible, in which God turns tragic endings into new beginnings. If you’re stuck in a rut, disappointed by… [Continue Reading]

    Recommended Reads
  • Three Important R’s

    Earth’s future depends on our ability to reduce, reuse and recycle today.   By Kindra Gordon If you have not added recycling – or reducing and reusing – to your weekly repertoire, here are some staggering statistics to consider: A discarded aluminum can is still a can 500 years later. And, it only takes 10%… [Continue Reading]

    Three Important R’s
  • What are your dreams in life?

    Listening to our inner voice can be a powerful guide By Lorie Eichert Guest Oppinion What are dreams made of? Some say fantasy – wishing for what you may never have. They say, “Oh those are just silly pipe dreams.” Some say dreams are simple day dreams – you know the kind: instead of processing… [Continue Reading]

    What are your dreams in life?
  • Enjoy Outdoor Fitness

    There are many options for staying active Having a gym membership can often help people develop a routine for exercise. But in the summer and fall it’s nice to get outdoors to stay active. And, by having a schedule – and being diligent – a home exercise program can still be an effective way to… [Continue Reading]

    Enjoy Outdoor Fitness
  • Pork: Flavorful, Fun to Cook & Nutritious

    By Stacey Sorlien, South Dakota Pork Producers Council Looking for a healthy protein source that offers lots of flavor and a variety of cooking methods? You’ll find some great options with pork – whether you’re making a family dinner, grilling in the backyard or planning a perfect holiday meal. Pork contains many of the nutrients… [Continue Reading]

    Pork:  Flavorful,  Fun to Cook  & Nutritious
  • Helpful Health Habits

    Compiled by Sydney Sleep, Spearfish High School senior, as part of her internship project. Benefits of Stretching When thinking about fitness, most people automatically think of running, walking or lifting weights, but rarely think of flexibility. However, flexibility is an important component of physical fitness. Flexibility is needed to perform everyday activities, not just to… [Continue Reading]

    Helpful Health Habits

How to $ave money on health care: Health Fair Time!!

Annual increases in health care costs over the last 15 years averaged between 3.9 and 7 percent. With health care expenses continuing to rise steadily it’s important to know if the care you’re receiving is providing maximum positive results.

Every year people spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on doctor visits and laboratory tests, but most people have no idea of the gap between the cost to the health care provider and the price tag on their bills. The average laboratory test, for example, is marked up 10 to 20 times the cost to the patient. X-rays are marked up as much as five times the cost. The average doctor visit for primary care runs between $95-$140, and I’ve personally reviewed $500 neurosurgeon evaluations.

Can anything be done to bring these costs down?

One way to save over $700 on health care is to attend a local health fair. In the Black Hills, The Optimist HealthSource Health Fair will be held in Spearfish March 7-8 this year at the Donald E. Young Center, on campus at BHSU. Health fairs are great because many of the numerous health care providers present offer free health screenings (they can save you thousands). Those who wish to get the most out of the health fair will have their blood drawn for analysis beforehand. HealthSource locations in Rapid City, Belle Fourche, Sturgis, Lead, and Spearfish are offering blood draw sites at cost throughout the months of January and February.

Health fair blood panels are $35 — drastically cheaper than the $759.00 cost outside of the health fair.

Health fair blood draw sites – During January and February, call for details 722-2225

Another great way to save money on health care is to make a conscious decision to be healthy. One of the biggest positive impacts one can make on their health is to purchase a pedometer and set out to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. This reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and chronic inflammation or pain conditions. 10,000 steps a day will even change the way the body produces hormones, which will make youl feel better.

Join us at the Optimist HealthSource Health Fair this March 7th and 8th, and don’t forget to call HealthSource at (605) 722-2225 to set up a blood draw beforehand.