USD to Conduct Free Health Screenings at Dakota Farm Show in Vermillion

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Visitors and vendors at next week's Dakota Farm Show at the DakotaDome in Vermillion can receive a free health screening by faculty and students from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and USD's School of Health Sciences.

The painless screenings include a blood pressure check, a test of grip strength and a simple balance test. Participants will be able to compare their results with national norms, and university experts can consult with them about their results.

The health review is part of the USD Division of Health Affairs’ mission to provide health care service to residents of South Dakota and the region, especially people from rural areas. All aspects of the service are free at the screening booth that will be located in the lobby of the DakotaDome.

Nearly 300 exhibitors plan to attend the 33rd annual Dakota Farm Show, which runs Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 5-8.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News