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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.


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A tour of Elderwood Assisted Living at West Seneca reveals how well many in the “Greatest Generation” took care of themselves, as well as a glimpse of what baby boomers might come to expect in their later years – if they make the right health, fitness and financial choices, and the fates are on their side.If you had stopped by this 112-room domicile Monday afternoon, you m…

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It’s only a start, but Suzanne Bissonette and Scotty Burt hope that a Recovery Day celebration next Saturday in McCarthy Park will help erase some of the stigma surrounding addiction. The pair work at Cazenovia Recovery Systems, the lone residential living agency in Erie County for those suffering from alcohol and drug abuse, which often is complicated by mental illness. …

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Julie Leatherbarrow will start teaching yoga to grown-ups next week at a day-care center in South Buffalo. It makes sense to the 42-year-old mother of three, who about two years ago started a new business – Budding Tree Yoga for Kids – in an already busy life. Leatherbarrow – subject of today's What are you Eating? story in WNY Refresh – will teach the 11-week session of…

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Suzanne Bissonette learned about the good work of Cazenovia Recovery Systems in the mid-1990s, when she was supervisor for the Town of Eden.Men at Turning Point House in the town – in recovery from alcoholism, drug abuse, mental health disorders or a combination of all three – volunteered to paint the fire halls, help with local blood drives, and assist with an alcohol-fre…

Dr. Michael Roizen is likely to smile at his surroundings later this month when he visits his hometown for a free lunchtime talk. The Buffalo native, whose column with Dr. Mehmet Oz appears weekly in Refresh, will speak at noon Sept. 16 in Larkin Square, a slice of the city where developers Howard and Leslie Zemsky have taken the doctor’s healthy living message to heart. …

Dr. Amy Burke has made quite an impression since opening a family practice last year in Orchard Park. She’s built a busy practice, added weight loss classes and looked to build her own medical brand: Sunrise Medical Group. Burke, featured last year in a profile in WNY Refresh, will keep the momentum going Friday during the Sunrise in the Southtowns family health fair, wh…

The Erie County Department of Senior Services has announced upcoming programs for adults and caregivers dealing with chronic illness. The programs meet once weekly, are run by certified peer leaders coping with chronic disease themselves, and enable people to better manage their diseases, stay well and work more effectively with their health care provider. Upcoming free …

A new wellness series begins next week at the Audubon Library in Amherst. “Nourish the Whole You Living,” presented by nurse practitioner and holistic health coach Dana Inzeo, is designed to help those who attend find a healthier balance when it comes to juggling relationships, careers, physical health, spiritual practices and nutrition. The goal is to identify the areas …

The proof of the medical benefits of marijuana remain elusive because federal law treats cannabis as a Schedule I drug. Along with heroin, it’s in the most dangerous class of drugs with the highest potential for abuse and no “currently accepted” medical use.In contrast, cocaine and methamphetamine are Schedule II drugs.Federal restrictions hamstring researchers including N…

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Last year’s National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival healthy wing contest winner has a confession to make. “I do like a good wing if it’s done right,” said George W. Schaeffer, “but after 15 years of selling Frank’s Hot Sauce and tasting a lot, a lot, a lot of chicken wings, I really don’t eat wings very often.” Schaeffer, 72, subject of today’s What are you Eating? featur…

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Was Dr. Doris Rapp ahead of her time? It depends on who you ask. Rapp, 84, who graduated with high honors in 1946 from the University of Buffalo, was a Western New York pioneer in the allergy field, particularly a practice called provocation-neutralization.“Allergies are a lot more than hay fever, asthma and itchy skin,” said Rapp, who moved to Phoenix, Ariz., 16 years ago…

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Ashley and Jenna DeNysschen are none too happy about starting a new school year next week, but they do look forward to at least one part of their upcoming experience: the lunches and snacks they pack with their mother.Carol DeNysschen puts a premium on healthy foods – which usually happen to taste pretty good, too.“It’s pretty basic: a sandwich, a fresh piece of fruit and …

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Sarah Richheimer might get teased by her younger brothers about her nutritional habits, but she’s heartened that they’ve picked up on the idea that they have to eat right. Still, Jordan, who turns 13 next month, and  Zachary 18, don’t share their sister’s fondness for wheatgrass smoothies. “Jordan eats healthy and he knows what’s healthy, and he loves to cook,” his siste…

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Thousands of students will start their first semesters in colleges across Western New York next week.Many of them will adjust easily. Many will struggle to navigate this milestone in their lives. A few will experience their first onset of a mental health condition.Joan McCool and her staff hope to touch the lives of SUNY Buffalo State students who fall into each of those c…

The nonprofit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo will host a Wellness Lane Saturday during the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers’ Market. Wellness Lane will consist of partner groups related to community health and well-being, including Catholic Health, the Erie County Department of Health, and Eric Bamberg, who will offer free massages. Information on nutrition, fitness, chiro…