Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine

Laughter Yoga!

by Shannon Traphagen Laughter Yoga is a new take on an ancient form of exercise. First emerging in 1997 in India by physician Dr. Madan Kataria, Laughter Yoga combines yogic breathing techniques with unconditional laughter and creative exercise. Practitioners do not have to master any of the traditional yoga postures. They simply need to laugh — it’s that easy! According to Psychology Today, resea... »

Don’t miss a beat regarding women’s heart health

Heart disease might be seen as something that predominantly affects men, but women are not immune to this potentially deadly condition. In fact, doctors and health care professionals advise women to take serious heed of heart disease, which claims more female lives than breast cancer, other cancers, respiratory disease, and Alzheimer’s disease combined. The American Heart Association indicates tha... »

Is a Laugh a Day the Key to a Healthy Heart?

February is heart health month, and when it comes to your heart, here’s why laughter really may be the best medicine. It may sound like a barrel of monkeys, but research suggests that a good laugh may just be the punch line for good health. THE SCIENCE BEHIND YOUR FUNNY BONE  When you laugh, your brain activates a series of neurons called a reward pathway. The reward pathways triggered by humor ca... »

Get Social! National Wear Red Day ® and Go Red for Women

Be relentless in support of women’s health! Let’s come together to prevent heart disease and stroke on Friday, February 1st – Wear Red Day! You can help us promote Wear Red Day and the Go Red For Women movement by encouraging your friends, fans and followers to think about how they will go red and who they will go red for! Try one of the below ideas to get started or simply copy and paste ou... »


The Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge continues to motivate Western New Yorkers to get active, eat right and take charge of their health. More than 27,000 individuals – including 2,725 new participants – registered for this past fall’s Health & Wellness Challenge, which ran from October 22 through December 2. Participants were once again challenged to integra... »

Mercy Hospital Honors EMS “Superheroes” at Awards Dinner

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo recently honored 26 local emergency medical services (EMS) providers, many of them who volunteer as paramedics in their communities, at its 1st Annual EMS Awards Dinner. Over 100 people gathered for the event to recognize these first responders and “superheroes” for the life-saving efforts they provide on a daily basis. These EMS crews were chosen for their heroic actions... »

Congressman Higgins Announces Over $6.9 Million for WNY Health Care Centers

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced federal funding totaling $6,939,646 for Federally Qualified Health Centers in Western New York. The Community Health Center of Buffalo and Neighborhood Health Center will each receive over $3 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services toward services provided at eight local clinics. “The top notch, comprehensive care provided throug... »

Millennium Collaborative Care Appoints Cletis Earle, Sr. VP and CIO, Kaleida Health, to 2019 Board of Managers

Millennium Collaborative Care has announced the appointment of Cletis Earle, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Kaleida Health, to Millennium’s 2019 Board of Managers. The announcement was made by Kinzer M. Pointer, Pastor of Agape Fellowship Baptist Church, and Chair, Millennium Board of Managers. Earle leads the Kaleida Health information technology (IT) team, overseeing strate... »

ECMC Adds Expertise of Four Physicians to Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care Medical Staff

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation officials today announced that four physicians were recently appointed to the medical staff of the Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care at ECMC. Dr. Jon VonVisger was appointed Primary Nephrologist and Medical Director. Dr. VonVisger completed combined MD and PhD degrees at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in ... »

WellCare Honors New York Community Heroes in Hudson, Capital District, Central and Western Counties

WellCare of New York, Inc., a WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) company, recently honored six individuals for their commitment and dedication to supporting the needs of their communities. The 2018 WellCare Community Heroes awards are based on nominations received from Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Ulster, Dutchess, Erie and Niagara counties. WellCare’s Community Connections sponsor the Communit... »

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