Conquer Back to School Anxiety with Positivity

By Shannon Traphagen Children who are heading back to the classroom this fall are facing unusual challenges, and one of them is anxiety about being separated from their families after months of togetherness. For some kids, it will trigger separation anxiety, in addition to the anxiety they

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I May Have Melanoma, Now What?

By Shannon Traphagen Learning you have melanoma, the most-serious type of skin cancer, can make it difficult to hear anything else your doctor says. Upon leaving the office, you may wonder what happens next, which is of course, dependent upon the unique needs of each patient. However,

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Putting Down Roots in Western New York: Providence Farm Collective

By Shannon Traphagen “When you have seeds, you can be self-sufficient, and see those seeds grow into food. When you have your own food, you don’t have to ask other people, the government, or social services for help. You can grow your own roots,” says Oro, one

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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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