• Happy Feet

    Consider these factors for optimal foot health By Lauren Harris You’ve heard the old saying, “When momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Consider your feet in the same way: if your feet are experiencing neglect, pain, or discomfort, your life will be considerably more difficult. However, with a little research and strategic care, you can… [Continue Reading]

    Happy Feet
  • For Better Health, Rethink the Foods you Eat

    Guest Opinion By Dr. Eric Kuyper Humans are the only species on earth that has fundamentally changed our diet away from what we genetically require. And as a result, the argument could be made that we have also become the most unhealthy animal species. In addressing the issue of diet, we each must understand that… [Continue Reading]

    For Better Health, Rethink the Foods you Eat
  • Score Your Health

    By Kindra Gordon We’ve all heard the term “antioxidants,” and we know they are good for us. But beyond that do you know if you have an adequate level of antioxidants in your body? According to the National Cancer Institute, antioxidants are defined as “substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable… [Continue Reading]

    Score Your Health
  • Tips to Keep Cholesterol in Check

    Avoid trans-fat. Stay away from items that list “partially hydrogenated oil” on the label. Reading all food labels is essential, even if the nutrition facts states 0 trans fats. Use fresh garlic when cooking. Garlic has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels. Brew some green tea. The antioxidants in green tea help lower cholesterol… [Continue Reading]

    Tips to Keep Cholesterol in Check
  • 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?
  • Five Things To Know About Probiotics

    Perhaps you’ve heard people talk about probiotics – what are they and what do they do? Here are five things you need to know: 1. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are similar to beneficial microorganisms found in the gastrointestinal tract, or gut. Probiotics are also called ‘friendly bacteria’ or ‘good bacteria.’ These friendly bacteria perform… [Continue Reading]

    Five Things To Know About Probiotics
  • Wise About Wellness

    Compiled by Kindra Gordon What tried and true strategies might you add to your daily routine to enhance your health and well being or aid an ailment you’re struggling with? We posed those questions to health professionals in the Black Hills, and here they share their quick tips and advice: Body Basics Grace Andrus, doctor… [Continue Reading]

    Wise About Wellness
  • 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
  • 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

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.