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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.


It took degrees, two student teaching gigs and two years of substitute teaching for Paige Rockwood to land her first teaching job. Rockwood, 23, grew up on Grand Island and attended schools in the district where she will co-teach with Casey Steck-Comeau, an 18-year-teaching veteran, at William Kaegebein Elementary School. She rose to the top during a hiring process t…

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…

Nearly 85 percent of parents in Western New York believe their children should regularly be involved in sports, yet only 16 percent of school-aged kids in the region get the hour of daily physical activity recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disparity is among the more striking findings in a "State of Play" report issued this summ…

Alexandria Fazio and Nick Schielke are determined this school year to be among Depew High School students who meet daily recommended physical fitness guidelines. "I want to be healthier," said Schielke, who hopes to make the varsity football team as a lineman this fall and looks to spend as much time as his schedule allows in the new 4,000-square-foot high school fitnes…

Valentino Shine Jr. was a senior at Medaille College when his oldest son was born. He remembers taking him to some of his classes a decade ago, but knows a decision he made when both his sons were 3 years old has been key to their early academic success. He and his wife, Tasia, enrolled Valentino III, now 10, and Jackson, 6, in the Parent-Child Home Program. The family …

Fitness at Canalside has drawn more than 20,000 participants to the Buffalo harborfront during the last year and a half. This week is the last time this year's fans of free outdoor exercise can add to those ranks. As summer comes to a close, residents in the region can look forward to trading in their sneakers for skates at the ice at Canalside, said Kate Schrum, a com…

The New York State Health Foundation has plowed about $150 million into efforts to improve health care across the Empire State during the last 11 years, including better primary care, more access to mental health services and programs that support post-9/11 veterans. Much of that money has been used to help treat chronic disease that crashed down on state residents, oft…

D’Youville College students who one day will head into a variety of jobs in health care already intermingle in classroom settings, but the school plans to open a new Interprofessional Educational Center in the 2018-19 school year to spur even more interactivity. Daemen College over the last several years has integrated several health-related programs, including health…

FAMILY
 Lackawanna Community Fun Days. A pop-up park is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road. Free event will feature bounce houses, pony rides, games, food trucks and music. Family Fun Day. Last of season, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Artpark, Lewiston. Family Fun on Saturday Afternoon. Last of season, noon to 5 p.m. …

An "awakening" nearly three years ago freed Kim Wuirch of a troubled childhood rife with trauma. "I was finally able to let go of unforgiveness. I was able to be happy and to be comfortable in my own skin," said Wuirch, 39, a municipal IT account analyst in near Calgary, Alberta who has been on a spiritual journey since. She has become an empath and reiki master, and…

A pair of walking events, fun days in Lackawanna, and family fun 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. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Get Movin’ exercise program: 5 p.m., and same time Wednesday, Daemen College Academic and Wellness Cen…

Independent Health's Fitness in the Parks classes close out the summer season this week. Meanwhile, Canalside outdoor classes – presented by BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York – will stretch into Labor Day weekend. All of these classes are free and all are welcome to participate. Below is a complete listing of remaining classes. * Independent Health cla…

Emily Delnicki was in her sophomore year in a New York City college when she woke up one morning with the worst stomach pain in her life. "I had no idea what was going on," she said. "My roommate wasn't there. I could barely stand up. I felt so sick." The Williamsville native did what most students do when something goes wrong away from home. She called her mom. D…

Outdoor fitness events at Canalside will spill into Labor Day weekend but Independent Health Fitness in the Parks classes in favorite outdoor spots across the region will take place in the coming days. They are among family, fitness, health and wellness, and nutrition events in the next week in Western New York. FAMILY
 Family Fun Day. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, next…

A Cheektowaga gym owner and partner who two years ago created an online fitness training website recently added an app to their repertoire. Brandon Monin, owner of One Up Sports and Wellness in the Holiday Twin Rinks on Broadway, and Ryan Malinowski launched their Prolific Fitness app in April. They honed it during late spring and early summer for clients mostly across…