Belle Fourche Community gets a head start on health at fair

Tessa Anderson-Boyles, program coordinator, says "Not just your general health and fitness but volunteer groups, different health clinics in the area, we have service groups related to alliance clubs, girl scouts," Program Coordinator Tessa Anderson-Boyles said.

A place you can go to get your blood work done, blood pressure checked, vision, and more. Every year in January, the Belle Fourche Area Community center invites people in to start the year off right.

"We want the community to know what resources are in the area that are free and also give them some screening opportunities that they might not normally have and get some to get status and see if there is anything that they need to improve," Anderson-Boyles said.

Growing each year, this year exposed people to 35 different booths,
having them walk away with a little more than they already knew.

"Alot of it's promotion for some of these smaller businesses and you know if you have a health problem, and you find a supplement or something here that really helps you that's really important to you." Dan Gilger said.

This event is a good place for businesses like Young Living Essential Oils.

"We offer essential oils which are all pure and natural and they're for health and wellness not only for the family but also for your pets," Aydalou C.from Young Living Essential Oils said.

"Chemical free and that's the basic thing for your health and for the wellness of not only yourself but you know your kids and whatnot," Annette T. continued.

The fair also creates opportunities for the community to keep these resources right in their back pocket.

"It's good to be able to be able to see them face to face and to also see what's in the community because if you're looking for different services, you maybe get their cards and when you an opportunity comes up and you need that service you have the card and you can go back and look and say oh wow we have this in our community," Cheryl Anderson said.

For other areas in the Black Hills looking to get a health check, there will be a similar event sponsored by HealthSource on Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. until noon in both Rapid City and Spearfish.