Always dreamed of playing football on the turf at New Era Field? You’ll have the opportunity to do so next month – and raise money for the Special Olympics at the same time. Special Olympics New York Western Region looks to field as many as 64 teams to play 6-on-6 flag football March 11 for the Buffalo Snow Bowl at the Orchard Park stadium. Teams that pay $50 …

A "Snow Roll," Kids Day at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, and special rainbow event at The Ice at Canalside are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see a complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Kids yoga camp: 2:15 p.m., and same time Tuesday. Buffalo Barre, 5843 Transit Roa…

Katrina Racine was 7 when her mother was brushing her hair and noticed a spot the size of a half dollar where hair was missing. "It started coming out in clumps. So she took me to the doctor," Katrina said. The doctor told her to get a haircut. Perhaps the weight of her thick blonde curls that tumbled down to her waist had something to do with the hair loss. That …

Sometimes you have to go to the wall to break down what’s holding you back. That’s the idea behind the “wall yoga” practice run by OWM Yoga inside Osteopathic Wellness Medicine of Western New York. “We can adjust as needed” using straps, hooks and harnesses to serve students who want to dig deeper into their yoga practice or address physical limitations,…

Want to spend winter break next week hearing fewer "I can't find anything to do" complaints from the kids? Consider the following options in Western New York and Southern Ontario: OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES 1) Open ice skating: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and next Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to  Thursday, 10 a.…

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…

Vinyasa. Baptiste. Kirtan. Iyengar. Yin. Sauces you’ve never tried on your chicken wings? Some of the top international players in the NHL? Languages you’ve never heard of? Nope. These are some of the stylings that make up the rich tapestry of yoga. Each brings with them differences in movement, in exertion, in the temperature of the spaces where they ar…

One in three Americans lives with some form of cardiovascular disease or stroke-related condition, or risk factor for one, the other, or both. "In Western New York as a whole, we're really looking more at one in two," said Jesse Ladoue, corporate relations director with the Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association. Niagara County residents are hardly immune. One in…

The Independent Health Family Branch YMCA will host its fifth annual Zumbathon from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday to support of the Buffalo Niagara YMCA’s 2017 Annual Campaign. This family-friendly event includes high-energy music, fitness, and fun. The Oasis Dance Center will present belly dancing demonstrations from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a Zumbathon led by Y instru…

Women with cancer 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 for Women with Cancer March 10 to 12. The program provides a modest private room, all meals, and optional activities  include massage therapy, arts and crafts, use of an indoor pool, d…

New York’s age of consent to become an organ donor drops from 18 to 16 years old under a new law that takes effect Tuesday. New York has the nation’s lowest percentage of registered organ donors, and waiting lists for some organs, such as kidneys, can stretch years. New teen drivers applying for permits and licenses had been unable to check a box indicating their en…

The public is invited to hear about plans to conduct soil contamination studies at Tonawanda Coke's manufacturing operation in the Town of Tonawanda and to become involved in an $11 million, 10-year study of the company's impact on the public health of Tonawanda and Grand Island residents. A public information meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Tonawanda …

The Niagara Parks Commission starting this week will present “Northern Owls,” a travelling exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum that offers a look into the intriguing world of owls. This family-friendly exhibit is the first of the commission’s planned Rooted initiatives, developed to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of both the Niagara and Ontario. It…

https://youtu.be/BZJLsDEIx-M Garden Fresh Foodie Jessica Meyers Altman will host a special showing of “Eating You Alive” – a film that focuses on the health benefits of a plant-based diet and how the U.S. food industry contributes to chronic illness – this week in Amherst. The showing will be followed by a Q&A session with Paul David Kennamer Jr. and Mer…

Darcy Craven had never been to Western New York before Kaleida Health recruited him to take over as president of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst and DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda. But the region's pro hockey team and its saturation-level presence of Tim Hortons franchises helped ease the transition for the native of Winnipeg, in western Cana…