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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.

Belly dancing, a new weekly Veggie Van workshop and a Slow Roll that launches Monday evening from The Buffalo News 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. Also, look online and in Saturday's print edition of WNY Refresh for our annual o…

A nonprofit group made up of public health directors and leaders across the region looks to raise awareness about the importance of childhood vaccines. “Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” according to the Western New York Public Health Alliance. The alliance stresses immunizing c…

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…

By the time those battling drug addiction get to the Cazenovia Recovery Systems’ Supportive Living Program, they have gone through inpatient rehab and multiresidential treatment settings as they try to rebuild their lives. It can take months – or maybe never – before they have the opportunity to live in one of 19 apartment houses in Erie and Niagara counties as Ti…

The Buffalo News will host the next Slow Roll on Monday, June 19, and plans to add a few bells and whistles to the weekly all-ages bike ride. Participants can gather at The News, at Scott and Washington streets, at 5:15 p.m. Monday to learn how to stay healthy and active this summer with help from the American Heart Association, Theatre of Youth and the Wellness Institu…

A 5K run, yoga classes and meditation are on tap in the Outer Harbor on Saturday during the first Chase the Sun Yoga Festival. Love in Motion Yoga co-owners Kate Rogers and Kathleen Engelhardt came up with the idea for the festival, which will start at 9 a.m. with the run. “We had this idea of doing a 5K, having a recovery yoga class after the 5K and giving people …

Kathleen Arntsen was captain of the Colgate University rugby team when lupus came crashing down on her. “It cut me down in the prime of my life,” Arntsen told a crowd gathered last month for a Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York dinner in Buffalo. It took her awhile before doctors diagnosed her with the chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system designe…

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – WildPlay Whirlpool Adventure Course to Niagara, a new outdoor adventure attraction, opens June 16. The course will provide visitors with new ways to interpret and experience the Niagara Gorge, Niagara Glen and Whirlpool Rapids, said Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission. It includes aerial obstacles and ziplines securely susp…

After Rebecca Florio lost a sister to breast cancer nearly two decades ago, she learned that she doesn’t appear to have a genetic predisposition to the disease. That didn’t mean she was invincible, however, so she continued to get an annual mammogram. When she was diagnosed last November, she was in the early stage. “It was surreal, really quite a shock – and…

Suicide prevention leaders will host a public forum Thursday evening in the Northtowns. "Thirteen Reasons Why: A Community Forum," will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Williamsville High School, 5950 Main St., Williamsville. Speakers will include Michael Ranney, Erie County commissioner of mental health; Pat Breux, state coordinator of School and Youth Initiatives Suicid…

Westermeier Martin Dental Care will provide free dental care at its East Aurora office on June 16. Dentistry from the Heart, which will provide basic dental care to low-income families on a walk-in basis, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 950 Main St. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those who plan to seek dental care are asked to br…

WNY Refresh will publish its annual cover story about outdoor summer fitness June 24. It will include a listing of related daily, weekly and special events.. Those planning such events who would like to be included in the listing should email the following information to refresh@buffnews.com by June 19: Name of the event, a short description of the fitness or family act…

A Slow Roll that starts in Larkinville, family help with addiction, and the introduction of yoga at the Elmwood Village Farmers Market are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Slow Roll: Riders gather at 5:30 p.m. and ride starts at 6 sharp on Monday at Larkin Square, 745 Seneca…

Tawan Slaughter has tried to do her part to nurture young basketball players since her standout career as a point guard at Christian Central Academy and SUNY Buffalo State in the early 2000s. Slaughter – owner of the 716ers semi-pro men’s basketball team and a physical education and health teacher at King Center Charter School – runs a summer camp for boys and gir…

The tears we cry from peeling an onion are different than our tears of joy or sorrow. The latter tend to contain hormones to lift our spirits or ease our pain. “They’re 50 percent water and 50 percent love,” said David Kessler, a leading grief and healing expert who will lead daylong seminars in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse next week. The pain that comes …