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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.

There's nothing like a good draft. Except maybe two. Or 34. In advance of the NFL Draft Thursday night, 34 craft breweries – half from southern Ontario, half from Western New York – joined forces in Niagara Falls on Wednesday to begin the process of making 34 collaborative beers for the first CanAm Craft Beer Festival next year. The Buffalo Niagara Brewers …

The U.S. Surgeon General and other health and wellness leaders hope you'll consider burning off 90 to 120 calories during lunchtime today – by walking. Today is National Walk at Lunch Day, when all Americans who are able are encouraged to take a 30-minute walk. “Walking is the grand slam of physical activities,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of …

The latest Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge will for the first time include a walking component when it gets under way on Monday. “We’re pushing fitness and all these gyms are popping up all over the place, and there’s these crazy, intense workouts that are beyond the reach of most people,” said Dr. Michael Cropp, president an…

Western New York’s walking man is gearing up for a new season of outdoor fitness, starting next week with National Walk at Lunch Day. “Walking is the grand slam of physical activities,” said Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. Haberstro will lead a walk at noon Wednesday starting and ending at The Buffalo News, …

Greg Liberto isn’t a psychologist – but as a sports performance coach, he’s still able to put the Buffalo Bills and Sabres players on a metaphorical couch to try to sum up their playoff droughts. “Once you have a professional team that believes in itself, even if they don’t have a much talent as other teams, that belief can take you further,” Liberto said as…

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…

Those with Type 2 diabetes may soon want to add a new name to their list of iPhone helpers. Move over Alexa. Zip it, Siri. Hello Brook. Independent Health is involved in a pilot program designed to help the makers of the Brook Inc. app bring it to a broader audience in the coming months. "This is the beginning of a significant transformation,” said Dr. Michae…

In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Hospice Buffalo will host a free community screening of the PBS “Frontline” documentary “Being Mortal” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The free screening – made possible by a grant from the John and Wauna Harman Foundation, in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America – will take place in the Education Ce…

Those who look to experience the new wellness center in East Aurora will have to bend to a few demands of owner Susan Garguiolo. Leave your shoes at the door – and turn off your cellphone. “There’s no computers allowed in the entire space, either,” Garguiolo said. “No iPads. When you come in, you disconnect from the world, which is what we need sometimes …

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 pair of doctors in the Northtowns have started to perform an procedure to ease problems caused by an enlarged prostate for men who don't tolerate medication well and are concerned about potentially more damaging options. The UroLift prostate stents used in the procedure allow the urologists to peel open enlarged prostates without using heat or cutting devices – two …

The AARP Foundation says keys to the prevention of social isolation involve efforts to stay or get socially active, nurture relationships, and find and use local resources. Experts say that adequate transportation, support groups and programs that can help keep minds and bodies sharp also support a purpose-driven life. Here are three steps older Western New Yorkers can …

Judy Brody once imagined a different life in her older age. The retired teacher and her husband, Philip, a successful accountant, hoped to spend a long retirement together in similar ways as the years beforehand. They would share laughs and meals with friends and family members. Escape Buffalo winters at their second home in Florida. Spend summer days sailing on Lake…