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Melissa Abel has seen a shift in the dreams and desires of older folks since she became program director at the Amherst Center for Senior Services in 2001. “Years ago, we would offer health programs,” she said. “It could be on arthritis, breast cancer, anything, and we’d get hardly anybody coming. They were such taboos. Now, we can’t offer enough of them. Peop…

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…

What’s better than reading a healthy cookbook? Eating one. The Western New York Book Arts Center will host its ninth annual Edible Book Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. April 1 and invites competitors for its 100 percent edible book competition. Entries will be exhibited, documented, judged and eaten. Prizes will be awarded. Festivities include basket raffles, bookmaki…

Pamela Dayton and her husband, Jon, used to plant a vegetable garden on their Genesee County property. Then they had four children. Busy lives and the demands of parenthood meant something had to give. Out went the garden –  but not the couple's commitment to helping Olivia, Jack, Henry, and Elliott, ages 7 to 14, eat right, enjoy meaningful family time and apprec…

Patricia Hudson and her daughter, Alexis, spent part of Valentine's Day evening together in a Christian meditation and yoga class. Hudson, 42, amped up her workouts last year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She added yoga classes when her church parish, St. Mary of the Assumption in Lancaster, began offering them last fall in the St. Mary's Elementary School…

The nonprofit agency that provides exercise and nutrition classes, emotional support and paddling training for breast cancer survivors has announced the sixth Annual Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Saturday, June 17 on the Buffalo River. Boats will set off for the second year in a row from RiverWorks, said Susan Gately with Luminina, whic…

By Holly R. Layer - Contributing Writer It’s National Nutrition Month! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants you to "Put Your Best Fork Forward" as we gear up to celebrate this month. I love that play on words; isn’t putting our best foot – or fork – forward something we want to do in all areas of our lives every day? Here are some ways you can…

Almost 15 years ago, as leaders in the Western New York health field began to hatch ideas for a new medical campus in the Buffalo Fruit Belt, a tiny nonprofit designed to help nurture the effort got its first wellness grant. Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. has been working behind the scenes in the years since as cranes have come and gone on the 120-acre swath north …

Fleet Feet Sports will add a new walking program to its running regimen of programs starting this weekend. Fleet Feet has offered the "No Boundaries: Learn to Run Program" for more than a decade. Starting Saturday, it will offer a 12-week WalkFIT Program for those who are new to exercise and who just want to walk. The program is designed to help participants gain c…

Almost everyone loves to grab a snack before they go to sleep. But what you choose to eat could determine whether or not you fall asleep right away. Before you begin nighttime noshing, ask yourself: What’s your motivation? Are you bored? Stuffing emotions? Munching while watching TV? Or, are you really hungry, and if so, how hungry? “If you’re eating just t…

Independent Health has launched a new program to help keep its Medicare Advantage members motivated and on track with their health. Through FitWorks Medicare, all those enrolled in an Independent Health Medicare Advantage individual or group plan can now earn points for completing different challenges. Upon earning 100 points during their plan year, members will auto…

The Western & Central New York Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society raised more than $255,000 last month during its 25th annual Diamond Ball at Samuel’s Grande Manor in Clarence. More than 600 guests attended the black-tie gala. Money donated will be directed toward blood cancer research, local patient services, advocacy, education and community service …