For the fifth consecutive year, the Bad River Health and Wellness Center will be hold a Health Far at the Center, located at 53585 Nokomis Road on The Bad River Indian Reservation.
According to Bad River Medical Benefits Specialist Karri Bigboy, the event has grown tremendously over the past five years.
“It has become huge,” said Bigboy. “In 2012, we only had 34 vendors and 150 people who attended. Right now, we are four times the size — we have 83 vendors this years and we are expecting 600-plus guests.”
The event is an important one for the community, Bigboy continued.
“The Fair is held to raise awareness of programs, services and resources that help to keep our community safe and we are also promoting the power of culture to create safe environments,” she said.
The event will be held rain or shine on Wednesday at the Health and Wellness Center. The event has grown to take over the interior of the clinic and now also occupies two large tents on the clinic grounds.
In addition to health and safety-related goods and services, the event will feature native healer Ken Smith as well as a variety of medical screening tests including hearing testing, and a balancing test with a basic health assessment that also includes blood pressure checks, cholesterol testing, A1C measurements as a part of diabetes screening that also includes a blood sugar test. The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin will be at the fair performing hepatitis C testing and HIV testing, while the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North will be doing dementia care screening.
In addition, the AODA Youth will be holding a grilled brats and hot dog fundraiser to help fund a visit to Valley Fair Theme Park in Shakopee, Minn. There will also be a child car seat clinic. Tribal members are eligible for a free infant cart seat if they scheduled in advance. In addition there will be attendance raffles and vendor raffles. All of the events are free of charge.
One of the highlights will be a fun run to raise awareness of radon in the home.
“The idea is to improve the health and create awareness of heath issues,” said Bigboy.
“It really sheds a light on our community and how many resources we have,” said Bad River Health and Wellness Center Assistant Clinic Administrator Emily Bainbridge. “We want to help people see the resources we have that they may not have been aware of.”
Bigboy noted that the event is not one that is stiff and formal.
“It’s fun, we have a DJ, we have music, we have fun games,” she said. “The vendors will have a little something to give to visitors. It’s a very fun, laid back event where we can bring together the Bad River Community, as well as the surrounding area to promote these services and awareness. We think it’s going to be a really fun day.”
For more information on the event, contact Karri Bigboy at 715-682-7133, Extension 4812 or 715-292-3667.