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Scott Scanlon

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.


Bills

Dr. John Marzo once spent this time of year conducting physicals and working up medical reports on more than 300 college athletes as the Buffalo Bills prepared for the NFL Draft. The orthopedic surgeon has other plans next week while pro football team physicians, trainers and scouts put players through the paces during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He will teach anat…

Health and Fitness

Most eyes will focus on the passing drills, 40-yard dash times and bench press reps at the NFL Combine next week but teams also will be interested in the less visible work performed by their medical and training staffs. Bud Carpenter, the recently retired Buffalo Bills director of training, and Dr. John Marzo, the team’s former medical director, provided a window into t…

Erie County

Tobacco smoking rates have fallen during the last generation in the U.S., but those who live in poverty and have less education continue to be three to four times more likely to smoke. The alarming rates also include women who are pregnant and choose to continue to smoke. New York State recognizes the danger by allowing women who are pregnant and have a child under a…

Family

It's winter break in the region and there is plenty for families to do when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events. Holistic health events in Amherst, Depew and West Seneca, a new exhibit in Niagara Falls, Ont., and a "Snowga" class in Lockport are among our top 10 healthy picks of the week. MONDAY Wild Ontario exhibit: Today is Family Day in Canada…

Health and Fitness

Women who have been diagnosed with any form of cancer, are undergoing treatment or who recently completed treatment are welcome to an inexpensive getaway next month at Stella Niagara in Lewiston. The Respite for Women Cancer Weekend will take place from March 16 to 18 in the Center of Renewal at 4421 Lower River Road. The weekend includes a modest private room, all m…

Business

Forgive Jessica Pirro the fact that she hasn’t decorated her office walls since Crisis Services made a big move last November from North Buffalo into more spacious surroundings in Riverside. Like many her agency serves, the chief executive officer had a challenging 2017. Pirro needed to lean on others during the move while she battled triple negative breast cancer, G…

Health and Fitness

Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has a message for those who are struggling with mental illness or thoughts of suicide. Tell someone. The Sabres assistant captain has added his voice to the JustTellOne.org project, started 16 months ago by mental health and substance abuse prevention leaders across Western New York to let those struggling with mental illness know t…

Health and Fitness

Journey Joy Baker started crawling at 11 months old and walking last week. She smiles often and has spoken her first few words. She's slightly behind a typically developing infant but Journey has had a lot more to overcome since she was born 14 months ago. She has an undeveloped left side of her heart, making it much harder for Journey to pump blood with a force needed …

Health and Fitness

The YMCA Buffalo Niagara will launch its 2018 Annual Campaign this week as it looks to raise $768,000 by April 12. Money raised will be used to benefit the Y’s financial assistance program, which last year helped more than 2,800 families take part in programs and services they would otherwise have been unable to afford. The nonprofit serves more than 100,000 people a…

Family

A trio of long-distance running races whose routes include the Erie Canal towpath in Lockport – one of them a 100-miler – a "Snow Roll" Buffalo bike ride, and a presentation on gluten-free eating are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. …

Health and Fitness

Erie County Medical Center will host a rehabilitation symposium March 10 on its Grider Street campus. Physical and occupational therapists and assistants, as well as speech pathologists and therapy students are encouraged to attend the symposium, entitled “A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Acute Care Patient.” The event starts at 8 a.m. with an update on treatment …

Health and Fitness

A pair of Daemen College assistant professors who have studied with some of the top autism experts in the nation have launched a new program at the Amherst school that should help improve autism treatment in the region – and beyond. “There’s just so much hope in what we do,” said Vicki Madaus Knapp, head of the new Applied Behavior Analysis Program. Knapp and Vanessa…

Health and Fitness

The fastest-growing class at Glistening Sky Fitness & Wellness in Delevan used to be called Burlesque. "Some of my oldest son's friends' moms thought we were stripping," owner Tami George-Stevenson said. "You don't want your teenage son thinking that you're stripping, so we rebranded." George-Stevenson, the former health and wellness director at the Wyoming Count…

Family

Two weekend road races, cross-country skiing opportunities and an early week flu shot clinic in Niagara Falls are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today to Friday; also 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Reinstein Woods, 93 Honorine Drive, Che…

Health and Fitness

Dr. Evgeny Dyskin has learned that talent and confidence are great equalizers for trauma doctors who grew up in other countries. "If you speak with an accent, sometimes elective patients in an office setting are apprehensive," said Dyskin, who grew up and got his early medical training in Russia. "It's normal. I understand it. "Then I discovered when you see those sa…