Shannon Traphagen

Couples that Play Together Stay Together

by Shannon Traphagen Life gets busy, and when it does, demands pile up, work hours increase, and family schedules and obligations take a toll. This is often when time for fun gets pushed aside, causing a strain in our relationships. However, according to the American Psychological Association, by engaging in fun, novel activities, partners grow closer to one another, experience more positive emoti... »

Federal Meats–Proud to be Part of the Buffalo Community

By Shannon Traphagen Local butcher shops are becoming few and far between, but many people are beginning to wake up to the values of shopping small and local. Buffalo communities and those seeking an alternative to the big box stores are part of a growing market that demands small-scale alternatives for buying their meats. Consumers are comforted in knowing where their meat comes from, how it̵... »

The University at Buffalo Helps Create Conversation Around Social Innovation

By Shannon Traphagen Many of us have gone through an experience in our working lives when we realize that we’d like to do more to help create social change, have impact in our community, or just help those around us. The University at Buffalo’s (UB) School of Management, in collaboration with the School of Social Work, and Blackstone LaunchPad are helping businesses and organizations c... »

Maple Trees–Not Just for Making Maple Syrup!

By Shannon Traphagen Along twisting country roads, fields of green stretch for miles. Bright red barns dot the landscape, and wind mills turn slowly, towering in the distance. These scenes are just a few of the many pleasures that one enjoys when entering maple farm country. Western New Yorker’s love their maple syrup. In fact, New York State has the largest selection of tappable maple trees... »

The Genius of the Jacobs Institute

by Shannon Traphagen A new TV show aired recently called Pure Genius, in which a Silicon Valley entrepreneur partnered with a progressive chief of staff to build a medical hospital. The show brought together engineers, surgeons, researchers, and start-up companies, working together and using 3-D printing and collaboration to treat rare diseases. Seemingly futuristic, the show is more of a reality ... »

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... »

Southtowns Animal Clinic Strives to Feed Hungry Animals

By Shannon Traphagen Southtowns Animal Hospital in West Seneca, NY, is helping pet owners in need feed their pets. The Animal Food Bank of WNY is a non-profit organization dedicated to supplying food for animals in need. For many, when economic times get tough or a loss of a job occurs, the first thoughts are, “How am I going to feed my family, my pets?” It becomes a choice of paying b... »

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... »

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