Ellsworth Air Force Base to host first “Health & Wellness Expo” this weekend

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Regional Health is teaming up with Ellsworth Air Force Base for their inaugural “Health & Wellness Expo” this weekend.

People throughout the community can come to the Rushmore Mall on Saturday, September 21st from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to learn about a variety of different health topics and resources here in the Black Hills.

Major Mefter Chambers from Ellsworth Air Force Base says they thought this would be a great opportunity to join with the community because the community is always supporting them. It’s also important to remind the airmen at Ellsworth and the rest of the community about the number of resources that are available to help them stay healthy and well. “One of the things that’s gonna be really exciting is that we will have our DUI simulator out here so people will have the opportunity to see what it’s like to drive under the influence. Another event that we will have is the Health Promotion’s officer, Jerry Seals. She’ll be out here talking about tobacco succession, vaping, those things,” said Maj Chambers.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will also be on hand during the expo. Stardust Red Bow with the V.A. Black Hills says “we’re here for Veterans and their families and friends who may have questions about what services are available through the VA and how they can help Veterans in need.”

But this event is not just for active duty military members or Veterans. It’s for the whole family. Some of the other resources on hand at the expo will be the American Red Cross. They’ll be teaching people how they can help save someone’s life anywhere, at any time. Susan Crossman is a volunteer with the American Red Cross. “If you don’t know CPR at all, you can get in and do what’s call ‘hands only’ and I think that’s what we’re gonna demonstrate. So anybody walking down the street could jump in if someone is having a cardiac issue and just get in there and start with the compressions and that’ll give that person a better chance of survival,” said Crossman.

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