Portneuf Wellness Complex

Wellness is one of the buzzwords for the 21st century, and according to Yahoo Health is also a top trend in recent years. But when you hear it, what does it mean to you? For Shaun Menchaca, president and CEO of the Portneuf Health Trust, it means advancing and funding projects to support the health and well-being of residents in Southeastern Idaho.

One of the company’s newest projects is the Portneuf Wellness Complex — a $15 million activity based complex that was gifted back to Bannock County. It’s available to all ages, economic levels and abilities. The goal is to encourage activity and wellness among residents of Southeastern Idaho.

 The complex includes seven full-size multiuse sports fields, basketball courts and a sand volleyball pit. A mountain bike park was built into the existing terrain. There’s even a cross-fit-for-kids playground, featuring activities like those seen on the popular TV program, “American Ninja Warrior.”

One of the crown jewels of the Portneuf Wellness Complex is the state-of-the-art Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheater, which hosts community events, concerts and festivals. Zions Bank is the official sponsor of the 11,000-seat amphitheater.

 Menchaca says the inspiration for the Portneuf Wellness Complex came following a community health needs assessment and focus group studies. They affirmed the long-held belief that 30 minutes of exercise every day will have a more significant impact on people’s long-term health than anything else they do.

The Portneuf Health Trust wanted to find a way to give the community more facilities to encourage an active lifestyle. Pocatello, where the facility is located, didn’t have many recreational facilities. So, Portneuf created an activity complex unlike anything else in the region.