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A Heavenly Experience!

by Shannon Traphagen Imagine being transported to Polynesia in the time it takes to get to The Spa at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino or the Spa at Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino, and depending upon where you are coming from in Western New York, it won’t take very long. I visited Seneca Niagara for my Polynesian Spa experience. The palm-fringed coral reef and crystal clear water immediately tr... »

Benefits of plant-based medicine

By Shannon Traphagen Across cultures, herbal medicine is a part of our human heritage. Herbs are an important tool in conventional medicine throughout Europe, Asia, and India, and have been used since the 1800’s. In the early 1900s, American doctors commonly used naturopathy, homeopathy, and other holistic practices to help alleviate or combat certain ailments and diseases. While it has take... »

What You Don’t Know About Olmsted Parks and the Conservancy that Supports them

by Shannon Traphagen We all know that active, outdoor lifestyles contribute to leading healthier lives, and the Western New York region is fortunate to have access to the beautiful Olmsted park system. Believe it or not, Olmsted was the first urban park system ever designed in the United States, as a supportive outlet for healthy living. And access to natural scenery and park activities play a rol... »

Meals Made Easy

By Shannon Traphagen You’ve heard of Blue Apron and Hello Fresh–food delivery services that offer prepared ingredients and meal ideas right to your door. Meal prep services have grown in size and quality over the last five years. According to the Restaurant Association, 60% of Americans use a meal delivery service to their home or office. And why not, meal prep services offer a conveni... »

A Hopeful Thank You–HOPE Buffalo

By Stan Martin As Project Director of the HOPE Buffalo youth and community led coalition to reduce teen pregnancy, I am heartened to see such enthusiasm and participation in the initiative. The education for which youth, parents, and caring adults can learn is invaluable. But it’s not just the parents and youth that get involved that makes HOPE Buffalo successful—it’s the community based youth org... »

There’s an app for that–Getting healthy in the New Year

By Shannon Traphagen “Mindfulness comes in many forms, but it never has to be all or nothing.” This is the mantra of Allison Hagendorf, partner of the Time to Tone mobile health app which recently launched in November. A national television personality, certified health coach and behavior change specialist, and creator of FitToFeast.com, Hagendorf knows a thing or two about making better life choi... »

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State

Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State resumes on January 7, free exercise classes begin January 14 The Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, returns to Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 7, following a two-week holiday hiatus. In addition to ho... »

Kidney Transplants Reach Record High at ECMC

Kidney Transplants Reach Record High at ECMC IN 2016 – Providing Hope and Improving People’s Lives  118 kidney transplants, from living and deceased donors, reach highest level of transplant activity in ECMC history; 13 pancreas transplants also performed BUFFALO, NEW YORK— Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC) announced that 2016 will establish the highest level of kidney tra... »

Watch Out Flu!

Watch Out Flu: This year’s vaccine has your number! The flu season is officially upon us, and there is strong evidence that this year’s flu vaccine effectively targets the strain that currently is sweeping the state, according to a review of tracking data by Univera Healthcare. “If you could play the lottery and know many of the winning numbers in advance, wouldn’t you go out of ... »

HOPE Buffalo

by Stan Martin November marks the beginning of a season of celebration and, in that spirit, it is with great pride that we celebrate the launch of HOPE Buffalo – and a pledge to embrace teen health. Teen pregnancy rates among Buffalo youth are much higher than those in the rest of New York State. HOPE Buffalo, which stands for Health, Opportunity, Prevention, and Education, seeks to change these t... »

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