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Yes, winter is creeping into the Black Hills. But everything is beautiful! It's hard to believe that 2015 is almost over. This has been a year of blessing here at Black Hills Health & Education Center.  Let me share how the Lord has been busy working for us.


First, for those who do not know me, let me introduce myself.  In February, my husband, Rich and I came to join the BHHEC team from California. We have both been involved in this type of lifestyle education for most of our careers. We have enjoyed working with the faithful and capable staff. Rich is the General Manager and I am the Wellness Program Director. We never tire of seeing the amazing results in the Health Guests each month, and are blessed to have a front row seat in God’s workshop!


In May, we, along with our School of Massage Consultant, Carola Janiak had the opportunity of being interviewed on 3ABN television concerning the Wellness Program and the School of Massage, which began a new class in July.  You can watch the interview on our updated website, (watch interview). You will also see a recording of an interview we had on Family Radio.


John and Sally Kelly joined our team in August. Dr. Kelly is the Wellness Medical Director. He was the founding President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and continues to be an active member in the organization.  He was also Co-principal Investigator for a $2 million diabetes lifestyle education grant in Micronesia.  Sally is the BHHEC Treasurer, and manages our Campus Store (with many fresh ideas and much enthusiasm).  


The first annual Alumni Week  was held in August. Everyone had such a great time reconnecting with former Wellness Center Guests that, as requested by our Alumni, we have scheduled two (2) Alumni Weeks in 2016 – winter and summer. The first will be February 21–25, and the second, July 10-14, 2016. It is a great healthy get-away with time to re-charge your commitment to maintain a healthy lifestyle.


We would love to have you here for at least one, and perhaps both of the Weeks set aside especially for you.  (an application/information page is attached for your convenience). The base price is purposely kept as low as possible, so everyone can afford to come.  Then you can add a la carte items as desired – like hydrotherapy and massage treatments, lab work, and doctor visits, etc. Space is limited, so sign up right away. We have also attached the Session Dates for 2016, if you know of anyone who needs a bit of a kick start to their health.  


The Wellness Center is now offering a Lifestyle Medicine Fellowship program. Our first Fellow is Dr. Jeni Shull, a Family Practice Lifestyle Medicine physician. She is a real asset to our team, and will be with us through January, when she will begin work with her sponsoring organization, Cummins, Inc. in Columbus, Indiana. We look forward to having many more Fellows in the future and to becoming an active resource in lifestyle education to healthcare providers and professionals.


For some time, BHHEC has been in need of replacing the vans used for transporting Health Guests.  We want to give a huge “Thank You” to several of our BHHEC friends and Alumni that have donated funds to purchase one.


We are trying to get our Health Guest contact information up-to-date, especially email addresses.  If you know an Alumni that didn’t get this email, please let us know their current email address, so we can include them in our Alumni Updates.  If there is anything we can do to help you, or you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (605) 255-4101. We love to hear from each of you!  


From the entire team at BHHEC, we do hope for you a healthy and prosperous 2016!


Ronda  Smith, RN


Wellness Program Director

Alumni Year-end Update 2015

Dear Wellness Alumni,

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Black Hills

Wellness Center

"The Place Where Lives Change"

Put Some  'Wellness' Into

Your Holiday

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Visit our Facebook page and try some of the BHHEC

Healthy Holiday Recipes

2016 Alumni Weeks  Winter & Summer

You will not want to miss the 2016 Alumni Week.

Alumni Week Application

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Time for a Tune-up ... or More?

Alumni Discount Available for Wellness Programs

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