Health Fair offers comprehensive wellness experience

By Sarah Pridgeon


This year’s Crook County Health Fair will feature a diverse line-up of vendors, offering visitors a comprehensive opportunity to find out how to get healthy and stay healthy. The fair is scheduled for April 27 at the Sundance High School gymnasium.

Among the vendors on offer, a representative of the University of Wyoming will be at the fair, says Lilly Bankenbush, Lab Director, to exhibit how to grow vegetables throughout the year. A Yoga instructor will be available to demonstrate the healthful benefits of the exercise.

The Forest Service will display maps of the area to promote the activities available in the Black Hills, particularly in the Crook County Area. The activities to be highlighted include cross-country skiing, walking trails and snowmobiling.

A representative from Crook County Medical District’s kitchens is preparing to present food demonstrations to showcase healthy, balanced nutrition, while Crook County Senior Services will be on hand to discuss what services are available.

Sundance Police Department will be promoting its D.A.R.E. program, teaching kids the life skills to avoid becoming involved with drugs and violence. Crook County Library will present a range of books for all ages, from kids to adults, about a wide range of health aspects.

A spokesperson from a Billings hearing aid company will be in attendance and may perform screenings in a quiet area of the fair. An ambulance from the Crook County fleet will meanwhile be out on display to allow visitors to explore its interior.

Individual results from April’s month of blood testing will be made available at the fair and can then be taken to your primary care physician for reading. Blood tests will take place in Sundance on April 6, 13 and 20 at Sundance Clinic, between 7 and 10 a.m., and at the senior center on April 10 and 17 between 7 and 9 a.m.

Testing will also take place at Moorcroft Clinic on April 6, 13 or 20 between 7 and 10 a.m. and Hulett Civic Center on April 9, 11, 16 and 18 between 8 and 10 a.m. Alternatively, tests will be performed in Aladdin on April 15, Beulah on April 2, Colony on April 8 and Pine Haven on April 3, all from 7 to 9 a.m.

The standard Health Fair Panel blood test costs $40; while you are advised to continue taking prescribed medications as directed and to drink lots of water beforehand, you should not eat for 12 hours prior to the test. PSA, Vitamin D, Hemoglobin A1C and Colorectal tests will also be available.

Crook County Health Fair will take place in the Sundance High School gymnasium on Saturday, April 27 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.