The Healing Hub: Helping the Community One Person at a Time

By Shannon Traphagen This year as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on our lives, individuals throughout our community experienced the need for help and healing. One Western New Yorker who has helped many of these people is Kelly Whitfield, founder of the Healing Hub of Western New

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Get Out and Move! Summer Brings Renewed Hope

By Shannon Traphagen Warmer weather and sunshine are finally here, along with renewed hope as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has loosened its guidance for those who are fully vaccinated. As for Western New York, Erie County is winning the race, with more than 61

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What’s Your Cardiac Calcium Score?

Knowing the Answer Could Prevent a Heart Attack! By Andrea Moran & Shannon Traphagen Each year, approximately 655,000, or one in four Americans die from heart disease, including coronary artery disease (CAD), which is the main cause of heart attacks. Heart attacks are the primary cause of

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Lothlorien Riding Center: An Experience Like No Other

By Shannon Traphagen Equine therapy (horse therapy) has been around for years, but continues to grow in popularity due to the healing nature of working with a horse. “Horses aren’t born with saddles, you have to honor the horse, and the horse will honor you,” explained Maggie

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Bike Riding: An Immune System Booster!

By Shannon Traphagen It’s finally spring, which means there’s no better time to get out your bike and get moving, exploring, and emerging from many of the restrictive behaviors associated with winter. When it comes to bike riding, Professor David Nieman, of Appalachian State University, recommends riding

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Oh the Places We’ll Go!

By Shannon Traphagen The weather is getting warmer, businesses across the US are reopening, and many people who have stayed home for more than two months are anxious to resume some of their routines. And as summer is finally felt here in WNY, many are getting the

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Celebrating women’s history month

By Shannon Traphagen From President Wilson in 1919 to President Carter in 1980, the recognition of women’s rights and public service dates back long before women started “breaking the glass ceiling.” With the start of the suffragette movement, to Carter’s words in the 80s, the efforts of

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Save the Michaels of the World

By Shannon Traphagen Suicide is not an easy topic to talk about. Neither is addiction—especially during what should be a festive, jolly time of year. But, for some, the holiday season is the toughest time of year. According to the CDC, since 2006, the suicide rate has

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