Rebecca Lesniak knows what it’s like to struggle with Crohn’s disease and essential tremors, give birth to twins prematurely, undergo a hysterectomy. She’s been through divorce. Been laid off from a good job. Had to declare bankruptcy. Such a series of unfortunate events can put you into a deep physical and emotional pit. It also can force you to find ways to d…

The number of diagnosed cases of cervical cancer in New York State has dropped nearly 40 percent since 1976, and deaths from the disease fell 50 percent during that same time period, according to research findings issued this month by Univera Healthcare. Still, roughly 20 percent of upstate women age 21 to 65 don’t get screened. “Screenings are very important…

  Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for Jan. 21 to 28 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. Ma…

Registration for The Ride For Roswell is now open. Those of all ages and cycling experience are invited to choose a “route to a cure” by signing up to ride or volunteer at RideForRoswell.org. This year’s ride, presented by West Herr Automotive Group, will take place June 24 and feature 12 routes ranging from 3 to 102 miles. Two new options: A leisurely 14-mile …

UNYTS, citing a need for donors, is urging residents to give blood for area hospitals because of increased demand. The organization is the primary supplier of blood products to Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center, and hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming counties, according to UNYTS. O negative and platelet donors are especially needed, an official reported. Pot…

Has your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier already fallen off the proverbial table? Do you still have the will – but not the proper insight and plan? Registered dietitian Benjamin Glurich can help. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County Eat Smart New York nutrition educator – an adjunct professor at Trocaire College – will teach three “Healt…

The Museum of disABILITY History will host a workshop about Tourette Syndrome and associated disorders Jan. 28. Susan Conners, president and founder of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater New York State, will lead the workshop, which will be held in association with Learning Partners. Parents and educators will learn more ways to help young people with Tourette…

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) has inducted the following four new members to its 2016-17 board of directors. EPIC provides research-based and evidence-informed year-round programming in family engagement in education, encouraging early literacy and building parents’ capacity to become more actively involved in their children’s education through workshops, …

Outdoor winter activity, yoga and a Niagara Falls fishing exposition 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 Community Health Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. The museum is partnering with…

“Brenda’s Bites” – after nearly three years of featuring local and internationally known chefs, restaurant owners, authors and festival organizers – is expanding from a food-based radio show to one focused on healthy living. “Slice of Life” will air in the same time slot – 10:30 to 11 a.m. every Sunday on ESPN-1520 AM – with Brenda Alesii continuin…

Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across Western New York will join fellow stores across the country on Saturday by providing free health screenings. Sam’s Club’s screenings are open to the public and members, and will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Walmart stores will offer the free screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walmart Wellness Day will include blood gluc…

Kelly Fletcher spent a dozen years in the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory at the University at Buffalo, researching ways to improve the general understanding about eating behavior, impulsivity and rewards to improve health. She became a public health educator last May with the Erie County Department of Health. “I wanted to see the bigger picture and this has enable…

Tom Dee can’t help but marvel as he has walked the grounds of Canalside during the last couple of years and thought about how far the patch of waterfront land has come during the last half-decade. It doesn’t matter what time of year, either. The concerts, fitness classes and festivals of the warmer months have given way to winter in recent weeks – albeit in fit…