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New health fair to showcase Mitchell's wellness offerings

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Promoting health and fitness opportunities Mitchell has to offer is what Kelsey Dobesh and Emily Hohn are striving to achieve with Saturday’s Mitchell Health and Wellness Fair.

Dobesh Chiropractic and Anytime Fitness are organizing this year’s Health and Wellness Fair, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Highland Conference Center. The event will feature 24 vendor booths, a kids bounce house, fitness competitions and a run, to name a few. All of the proceeds generated from the fair will be donated to the Special Olympics.

“I’ve always wanted to have a health fair with a vendor show, so we can showcase the health and wellness services and products other businesses in the community and the area have to offer people,” said Dobesh, owner of Dobesh Chiropractic in Mitchell.

A previous version of the event was put on by the Chamber of Commerce but Dobesh and Hohn — who owns Anytime Fitness —jumped at the opportunity to take on hosting the event.

Dobesh said the event will showcase the numerous vendors who operate a business that centers around selling health products and foods. Gluten-free waffle flour, epsom salts, essential oils and homemade beauty and body products made with all-natural ingredients are some of the health items vendors that will be emphasized.

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“Part of our vision is to create a space for businesses that are in the health industry and offer health and wellness products, so they can educate and empower people who are looking to improve their overall health,” Dobesh said. “There are some really great businesses who offer natural health products that people may not be aware of.”

Considering the Health and Wellness Fair has already reached full occupancy for vendor space, Dobesh said the amount of support the event has already experienced is exciting. There will be a $5 entrance fee for attendees ages 13 and up, while kids 12 and under will have free admission.

The strength and fitness events will include a farmers walk and tire flipping competition, and those who participate in the strength and fitness events will enjoy free admission, Dobesh said. An outdoor group run is slated to kick off at 9 a.m., which starts at the Highland Conference Center.

Dobesh is confident there will be something for everyone who chooses to attend. Dakota Counseling will be on hand to discuss mental health and counseling services, something she says is important to emphasize.

An important vendor that Dobesh is eager to welcome is Dakota Counseling. Specializing in mental health and counseling services, Dobesh said she hopes the Dakota Counseling booth will emphasize how vital mental health is in terms of overall wellness.

“We’re really excited about Dakota Counseling, because mental health is often left out of the conversation about health and wellness,” Dobesh said. “It’s important for people to know there are resources for mental health, and this could help start the conversation about improving mental health.”

Dobesh said she hopes the event shows attendees what the community has to offer. She says Mitchell has a lot in its corner when it comes to health and wellness.

“We want to help lead and get this started to make this community better and healthier,” Dobesh said. “We are trying to show the mind, body and soul approach, so people don’t feel like they have to go to Sioux Falls to get that. There are many avenues to living a healthy lifestyle, and Mitchell has those avenues. We hope this event helps people see that.”

Related Topics: HEALTH
Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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