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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.


Health and Fitness

When Michael Kearns looked at the analytics of his 142nd Assembly District three years ago, he didn't like what he saw in terms of health and well-being. Erie County – including much of the Southtowns and Buffalo, which make up the district – ranked 54th out of 62 counties in the New York State health rankings. It would fall to 57th the following year. Despite ebbs a…

Health and Fitness

Is it a good idea to take blood pressure readings in a state Department of Motor Vehicles office? Erie County motorists will soon find out. Making blood pressure checks available on at least some days in the seven county DMV offices is one of the changes new Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns is considering. The notion is one of several Kearns is contemplating as he…

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Mary Miller and her husband, Gerald, smoked since they got married almost 50 years ago. She has COPD; he died in May 2015 at age 65 – "from everything," Mary said. "He had open heart surgery. He had diabetes real bad. Then he got ductal cancer in his pancreas. By the time they found it, it was too late to do anything. He stopped smoking a month or so before he passed away …

Family

Take a "snow roll" with Slow Roll Buffalo this week, learn more about doulas and pose at a special Sun Salutation yoga class (Who couldn't use that right about now?). These 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 Cross-country s…

Health and Fitness

The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo announced those participating in its “Walking to Wellness” initiative last year surpassed the goal of achieving 50 million steps. Organized walks took place in shopping malls and parks, on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and downtown. Wellness Institute partner Explore Buffalo led the way, contributing 39 million steps towar…

Health and Fitness

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…

Health and Fitness

Kevin O'Brien started an unwelcome collection of cheater glasses in his 50s when he started to struggle to read, scan his emails and text messages, and handle some of the small instruments he uses at work. He propped cheaters on his head, hung them in his shirt pockets, and set them on his desk, nightstand and dashboard of his Jeep. "They were everywhere," said O'Bri…

Buffalo

Laurie Laugeman has seen plenty of changes in the workplace during a 34-year nursing career in places that include private residences, nursing homes, Buffalo Hospice and, for the last four years, the medical telemetry and neurological unit at Sisters of Charity Hospital. One of the most welcome is a growing willingness among her colleagues to embrace a mind-body-spirit app…

Family

New Year's Day yoga and ice skating, a Thursday blood drive that can get you a free weeklong pass to the Jewish Community Center fitness facilities in Amherst and a Saturday health fair are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to starting the new year right when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s c…

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Maury Buffum grew up in Elma and ran a family farm in Hamburg before booze and crack cocaine landed him in jail. Doug Schroth worked as a bouncer and bar manager in Rochester and Cleveland until his drinking got so bad he couldn't hold a job. Ivan Tsygyrlash, who grew up in Riverside, tried Suboxone a co-worker gave him in his late teens, turned to heroin in his 20s …

Health and Fitness

Four people who battled addiction with help from the Total Freedom program –  which takes place on a working farm about 25 miles outside Buffalo – recently talked about how their lives have changed Each credited the structure, healthy practices and shared support the program provides – as well as the central role they say God has provided in their recovery. MAURY'S S…

Family

To all the parents who've spent extra time with their kids during the holidays: Want to get away? The Village of Hamburg Parks and Recreation Department has a program called Date Night Great Night which will allow you to do just that on selected Friday nights through April. The installments, for children in grades K-6, run from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Hamburg Youth…

Family

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…

Health and Fitness

Have you spent the last several weeks helping your loved ones to enjoy the holidays? Providing foods and drinks you often avoid, and sampling quite a bit yourself? Running yourself ragged to get to every concert, party and special event? Spending too much money on gifts? No judgment here. “We see it a lot during the holidays, when you feel more responsible for tak…

Business

Looking for a gym to start the new year? Take time to choose the best gym for you and your family, and take a copy of the following list of questions as you visit potential options. Match your answers with what you see in various gyms in your goal to find the best fitness fit: WHAT ARE MY GOALS? Do I want to: _ Lose weight?  _ Build muscle?  _ Eat healthier?  _…