• Rapid city scientist develops alternative to corn syrup in less-processed Oat Sweet

    Food Science and Technology professional Paul Whalen is highly aware that people are conscious of the impact sugar has on their health. A native resident of Rapid City, Whalen spent 20 years as an expert in food production refining, formulating snacks, syrups, and cereals out of grains. He watched the industry take a hit for… [Continue Reading]

    Rapid city scientist develops alternative to corn syrup in less-processed Oat Sweet
  • Recommended Reading

    Books to help your health – and happiness Compiled by Tarah Jennings, Retail Manager of Mitzi’s Books The next step forward to enhancing your health may be as simple as grabbing a great book. Whether you’re reading for enjoyment or to educate yourself, books can enrich our lives and benefit both our health and happiness.… [Continue Reading]

    Recommended Reading
  • Tomatoes May Help Curb Depression

    Wise About Wellness Summer is the season of tomatoes – and not only are they good for your physical health, new research suggests they may benefit your mental well-being as well. In a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers explored the relationship between different vegetables, including tomatoes and tomato products, and depressive… [Continue Reading]

    Tomatoes May Help Curb Depression
  • Tips for Teeth, Too

    Routine care to promote healthy teeth – and a healthy smile – are also integral to a healthy lifestyle. The doctors at Dana Dental Arts, a family practice with services offered in Spearfish and Rapid City, emphasize that poor oral health can lead to much more than a risk of tooth decay or tooth loss.… [Continue Reading]

    Tips for Teeth, Too
  • Spices Add More Than Flavor

    There are health benefits, too. The addition of spices can benefit the taste of almost any food – and can help curb salt usage. And, spices offer a bonus: research indicates adding spice means adding a wealth of health benefits as well. Here are a few popular spices and their benefits: Sage is thought to… [Continue Reading]

    Spices Add More Than Flavor
  • Fitness Frenzy

    By Lauren Harris Everyone seems to be looking for that perfect workout to achieve the optimal healthy body – and some are finding their fitness fix with CrossFit. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program, but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of 10 recognized fitness domains, according to a statement on… [Continue Reading]

    Fitness Frenzy
  • Review: FitBit Flex

    Living a healthy life seems to be all the rage right now, from eating organic and raw to exercising and taking care of your body inside and out there are many products on the market to help you achieve your healthy lifestyle goals. I wanted something that would track my activity throughout the day, log… [Continue Reading]

    Review: FitBit Flex
  • The Sweet Life

    Most of us feel guilty if we are described as having a “sweet tooth.” We are told often that refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup are bad for our health, but if we want to add sweetness to foods, what alternatives exist? Not just found in a pink or blue packet anymore, many substitutions… [Continue Reading]

    The Sweet Life
  • Beef Up Your Breakfast

     By Holly Swee, South Dakota Beef Industry Council, Director of Nutrition & Consumer Information Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day because it provides the “fuel” that gives you energy to get through the day. And, protein is particularly important at breakfast time. Here’s why: research suggests that including protein like lean… [Continue Reading]

    Beef Up Your Breakfast

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.