A health fair and a casino make for odd bed partners. For the first two years of its existence, the annual health fair was held in the bingo parlor of the Fort Hall Casino. The event is now being held in the new Shoshone Bannock Hotel and Events Center and this year is “Achieving Balance and Spiritual Wellness in 2013.”
“You know so much is influenced these days upon even young children being obese, not caring about their health really or their parents not caring about their health,” said Michael Mendez of the Fort Hall Casino. “And so we just want to make more people aware of the risks of not taking care of your health and what they are.”
There were over 50 booths on display and they ranged from childcare to hospice. Visitors could meet with health professionals and even have screenings done.
“If there is one thing I could ask for everybody to take home, is something that will change your lifestyle,” said Kyle Denny of the Fort Hall Casino. “If it’s going to be the diet, if it’s going to be for somebody in your family that could use it, an elder, an aunt or uncle, a kid, there’s all kinds of things out there.”
This year’s event was a huge success partly because of the change in venue. The Chiefs Event Center is not only nicer, it can accommodate future growth.
“In five years I honestly see this whole event center that we have being filled up with 100+ booths and I would like to see it expanded to the surrounding communities, bring in Idaho Falls, Pocatello more involved,” said Denny.
Planning for next year’s event will begin in a few months and they hope to expand even further. That event should also take place at the new event center in Fort Hall.