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Scott Scanlon is an award-winning reporter who is editor of WNY Refresh, which focuses on health, fitness, nutrition and family matters. He is aware of the contradictions that may appear to come from writing pieces here and there about beer, wine and travel. He does so in moderation.

The Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative has been awarded a 30-month, $342,000 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to form an integrated care network of community-based organizations and Area Agencies on Aging in Western New York. The collaborative is made up of member community-based organizations and aging agencies that provide …

A Saturday paddle festival, two bike rides and a pair of kickboxing classes are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway. Ten-mile gu…

Wintertime – especially the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays – tends to be a time when Western New Yorkers are most apt to turn their attention to helping support the Food Bank of Western New York. Those at Congregation Shir Shalom and Calvary Episcopal Church in  Amherst understand, however, that summertime can be a heavier burden for families that include childre…

There are many threads to pull when it comes to determining why prescription drugs cost as much as they do – and how they can be made more affordable for the governments and billions of people who depend on them, at least in part, for their health and wellness. I looked to hit the high points with the main story in this week's Refresh coverage, but found several other…

Juliana Keeping, of Oklahoma City, had to pay $1,000 out of pocket – five times – for a drug that prevented her 4-year-old son from catching a severe cold that could have had a catastrophic effect on his cystic fibrosis. Her insurer denied payment for the treatment, citing a 1960s study on handwashing. Tanya Koller, 53, of Schenectady, has battled diabetes for decad…

Batavia native Greg Watson wasn't sure what he might like to do after he landed his bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia State and moved back home. His mother is a retired nurse, his father a retired liquor salesman. As he filled out applications for more than 200 jobs back in 2003, he saw a classified ad in The Buffalo News for a hearing inst…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

A county fair, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired yoga classes and outdoor roller skating are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Genesee County Fair: Today to Saturday, 5056 E. Main St. Road, Town of Batavia. Children’s Day will f…

Imagine a Chipotle Grill or Panera Bread for healthy eaters and you get the idea about what a visit to CoreLife in Clarence will be like. Patrons start their culinary journey with ceramic bowls and a base of greens, grains or a soup. Then the staff will dabble on a protein – if you wish – and any number of fresh extras before you get to the cashier. The average c…

Nora OBrien-Suric learned to impact social change at the shoulder of some influential people in the aging field: • Robert N. Butler, a geriatric psychiatrist and founding director of the National Institute on Aging; • Rose Dobrof, a geriatric social worker who established the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College in New York City, where she got her doctorat…

A must-have addition to your packing list for this summer’s family trip won’t take up any suitcase space. It’s an app for your smartphone that gives you access to a board-certified telemedicine physician from wherever you happen to be sightseeing. “The ideal situation for getting medical care is when a patient sees his or her own doctor in person,” said Dr. Ri…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Piano teacher Victoria Stearns takes a short walk from her home every Monday morning to fill the lobby of Kenmore Mercy Hospital with the sounds of Broadway show tunes, Gershwin and other golden oldies. “It calms people down,” Stearns said. “The volunteers at the front desk say people are friendlier when there’s music going on.” Music holds the power to com…

Those who visit Western New York's newest health food restaurant can expect ceramic bowls filled with greens or whole grains and scratch-made dressings, topped with grass-fed beef, mixed vegetables, organic tofu or free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken. There also will be some things you can forget about at CoreLife Eatery (corelifeeatery.com), which official…

Two Frank Lloyd Wright historic site-inspired yoga classes the season's first salsa class in Delaware Park (depending on the weather) and a state pickleball tournament in Amherst are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY …