Summer always makes me feel more vibrant. I love the warmer weather, bright light, and longer days. Summer also makes me feel healthier both mentally and physically, because we get more vitamin D from spending time outside. Not only does vitamin D boost our mental health. It also helps build and maintain healthy bones by helping our bodies absorb more calcium. 

Here in Western New York, there are endless opportunities to spend time outdoors. There is no better time than now to enjoy summer hikes, bike rides, festivals, and farm markets, pick blueberries or strawberries, attend picnics with friends, garden, enjoy events and activities by the waterfront, and more.  

 I admit, all of this activity can sometimes be distracting. I have had a serious case of spring fever! As much as I love being on the go, I also enjoy some quiet time. It’s a great time to lounge outside while reading a book, take a nap, or meditate.  

 There are many celebrations this month, including Juneteenth, LGBTQ+ Pride, Father’s Day, and Men’s Health. Other June celebrations include Great Outdoors Month, Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, Effective Communications Month, Bicycle Month, Gardening Week, Yoga Day, and more. Visit for many upcoming events, farm markets, support groups, and more. If you’d like to include your own events and have them appear on our website and in our magazine, simply submit them through the events tab on our website. 

Have a wonderful June, and wishing all of the wonderful dads, grand-dads, and dads-to-be a Happy Father’s Day!