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Two restaurants – Bonefish Grill, in the Boulevard Mall, Amherst, and Lombardo Ristorante, 1198 Hertel Ave. – will provide 20 percent of their proceeds on Wednesday and Thursday to Headway of Western New York. Headway, a nonprofit affiliate of People Inc., provides resources, support groups, recreational programs, training and educational programs to survivors and c…

Keith O’Neil, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants, will speak April 6 during the 33rd annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Buffalo & Erie County Awards & Dinner at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Also, the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Erie County will host its Annual Dinner and Auction from 6 to 8:30 p…

Learn to cook healthy food, dine out for a good cause, and move with yoga or fitness classes with some of the 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.…

The Peace Bridge, at the request of the Make Lemon Aide Foundation, will be bathed in green lighting Saturday to mark National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. Lauren Walier, 18, began the nonprofit foundation after she learned six years ago that there was little federal funding for a condition that she and 17 millions others have across the country. Walier and her family …

The Western New York Doulas are a loosely knit, five-member group of women with a total of 20 children. And one on the way. “A lot of people looking to start a family want to know what their options are,” said Jenny Beam, 30, of North Tonawanda, who is expecting her fifth child in June. Beam is among the doulas who will throw a public baby shower next weekend …

Lyme disease is called “the great imitator,” because its symptoms – which can include severe headaches, joint pain and swelling, fainting spells, heart palpitations and the flu – mimic those of other conditions. It helps explain why medical professionals feared that landscaper Chuk Roll of West Seneca had cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis and reactive arthritis …

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…

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…