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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The Importance of Workplace Wellness–Attend the Summit this March!

By Shannon Traphagen The American Heart Association understands the need for workplace wellness. Together with Lawley and Independent Health, the 4th Annual Buffalo Niagara Corporate Wellness Summit will be held Thursday, March 12th at Hotel Henry. Did you know that between 70 to 90 percent of health

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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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Motion is Lotion–The Importance of Physical Therapy

By Shannon Traphagen Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs

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Great summer weekend activities and getaways for the whole family

By Shannon Traphagen Families looking to stay busy or get away on the weekends this summer often look for activities that appeal to the whole family while getting everyone out of the house. According to the U.S. Travel Association, nearly three out of four domestic trips are

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Summer camp options abound

By Shannon Traphagen Summer camp is a beloved tradition in many families as parents fondly recall spending their summers at camp, making lifelong friends and learning the finer points of roasting marshmallows and competing in three-legged sack races. There are a variety of summer camps, each offering

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How Biking Impacts Climate Change

By Shannon Traphagen Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, is marked by leaders, citizens, organizations, and even bicycling companies, who want to help fight climate change. Our planet is currently under siege from carbon emissions and losing over 15 billion trees each year due to deforestation, land

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A call for action to promote lung health

By Shannon Traphagen Data from a 2016 behavioral risk factor surveillance survey along with the 2017 report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s National Program of Cancer Registries shows that in Erie County, more than 39,000 people were diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) last

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The Brain-Body Connection–How Neurofeedback Helps

By Shannon Traphagen “Life presents us with a variety of challenges, emotional and physical that impact the brain-body connection. It’s all interconnected.” Dr. Kathy Calabrese, a licensed family and marriage therapist, received her PH.D. from the University at Buffalo before becoming certified in neurofeedback therapy from the

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