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Walsh Duffield Wellness Team Leader Marie Story has been named as one of the Wellness Council of America’s Top 50 Health Promotion Professionals. Story is one of three wellness coordinators on staff at Walsh Duffield, a Buffalo-based insurance agency that focuses on selling business insurance and employee benefits, as well as personal insurance. Those named in the …

Two Western New York institutions are gearing up for a month of walking as winter weather – prayerfully – takes its last breaths until fall. The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and its community partners have set a goal for participants in related walking programs to reach 50 million collective steps in 2017 – starting with a big push in April. Meanwhile,…

One in four upstate New York adults older than age 65 fell at least once in the last year, according to research by Univera Healthcare. Two in five of those who fell experienced an injury, Univera concluded using two years of self-reported survey data from government health agencies. The insurer found that falls are common among upstate adults 65 and older, and that …

Windsong Radiology Group is now offering a new FDA-approved treatment for prostate cancer. Xofigo (Radium 223 dichloride) is a new therapy used to treat prostate cancer that is resistant to other medical and surgical treatments that seek to lower testosterone levels in patients whose disease has spread to the bones. Patients meeting certain criteria, including accept…

High consumption of yogurt is linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer while higher intake of some cheeses appears to be tied to slightly increased risk, according to researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Risk varies by the source of the dairy product, according to a study published online ahead of print in the journal Current Developments in Nutrition. Rosw…

Women with who have children on the autism spectrum who could use a break from their surroundings for a weekend can consider the Stella Niagara Center for Renewal next month. The center in Lewiston will host a weekend respite for those moms April 7 to 9. The program provides a modest private room, all meals and optional activities that include massage therapy, arts a…

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County will host several homesteading classes in the coming weeks designed to help participants on the path to greater and healthier self-sufficiency. You can take one or more than one class, and do not need to be a county resident. All class supplies are included with the class fee, unless otherwise noted. Preregistration and pr…

Tai chi, spring walks and a chance to get your hands dirty at the Buffalo Museum of Science are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Taijiquan (tai chi): Improve postures, build strength, refresh the mind at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; also…

There’s just something about spring: Seeing green return to the landscape and watching new life unfold always makes one feel rejuvenated. Even the air smells better in springtime, so breathe deep and fill your lungs! “Research supports what many already feel – spending time in nature does the mind and body good,” said Amanda Shanahan, Univera Healthcare corporat…

To be sure, a heart attack will devastate an individual and a family. It also can cost an employer dearly. Workers compensation, a shift in health insurance rates – and most importantly, at least a temporary loss of a valued employee – can push related costs into six figures. New Era Cap decided a decade ago that building a robust corporate wellness program wo…

The body doesn’t end at the neck, which has mystified  what Victoria Davis has experienced as she has worked in the Western New York and Ohio health insurance markets. "Based on my experience, more than two-thirds of companies with wellness programs focus just on physical wellness," said Davis, who last year became manager of worksite and community well-being with t…

Deepak Chopra will come to Buffalo on Wednesday to talk about your role in the universe. Turns out you’re a pretty big deal to the person many consider the leading thinker, author and voice in the world of integrative medicine. “We are the universe looking at itself,” Chopra said during a telephone interview earlier this week. “The universe manifests through …

Dr. Chad Teeters rarely talked nutrition with his patients until last year. He didn’t learn much about it in medical school and his lifestyle as a busy doctor didn’t lend itself to an exemplary discussion. “I didn’t have the comfort level,” said Teeters, 41, who at 5-feet-10 weighed 310 pounds and had high blood pressure before he turned to a plant-based diet …

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…