• How to obtain youthful glow from makeup

    “Less is more,” when it comes to makeup, says Samantha Finkbeiner, an esthetician at Accents Salon & Day Spa in Spearfish. Finkbeiner shares these tips for makeup application: When using foundation stay away from the deeper creases. She suggests simply spot treating any discolored areas or blemishes with foundation. Use a foundation color that is… [Continue Reading]

    How to obtain youthful glow from makeup
  • Author of Save Your Brain shares these tips

    Written By: Kindra Gordon How do you keep your brain healthy throughout all stages of life? Clinical neuropsychologist Paul Nussbaum has devoted his career to that question, and highlights five things everyone can do to keep their brain young and sharp in his book Save Your Brain. Here, he shares some insight: Foremost, says Nussbaum… [Continue Reading]

    Author of Save Your Brain shares these tips
  • 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
  • Northern Hills mom creates all-natural, gluten free art supplies

    As a mom, Veronica Clark knew that kids like to explore when they are engaged in art – maybe nibbling on a crayon or a little play dough. Because her son was diagnosed with autism, she began to research the ingredients in those products and wanted to create art supplies that would be “nibble safe.”… [Continue Reading]

    Northern Hills mom creates  all-natural, gluten free art supplies
  • 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
  • Meet A Black Hills Volunteer

    When asked how long she’s been volunteering, Alvina Meirose of Sturgis, SD, isn’t keeping track. She says, “It always been a part of my life.” She explains that her parents were the type of people who took meals to neighbors in need, and so she has been involved in her community as a volunteer as… [Continue Reading]

    Meet A Black Hills Volunteer
  • From PAIN to prevention

    By Dr. Robert L. (Bob) McIntosh, HealthSource Chiropractic Progressive Rehab & Wellness   Pain limits us from doing the things we enjoy in life. But it doesn’t have to. Pain can also motivate us to change our lives. I hope you’re ready for change, because I want to help you understand treatments for pain, especially… [Continue Reading]

    From PAIN to prevention
  • Oatmeal: A healthy, whole grain

    Like so many other parts of the supermarket, the hot cereal aisle now offers endless choices. However, with all the choices and combinations available, confusion about nutritional value is swirling – which oatmeal is best? Here is some good information: For starters, recognize that oats are a whole grain. According to the Dietary Guidelines for… [Continue Reading]

    Oatmeal: A healthy, whole grain
  • Strategies to Rev Up Your Metabolism

    Your metabolism is like a fire: If you don’t add wood, your metabolism will die down. Therefore, eating regularly – and eating the right foods – can help fuel your body and your metabolism running. Most importantly, eating breakfast can make a huge difference in boosting your metabolism. A good breakfast should include carbs, protein,… [Continue Reading]

    Strategies to Rev Up Your Metabolism

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.