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By Scott Scanlon refresh EditorWant to live longer? Get a dog.That will force you to take walks – and walking will improve your health.“A dog helps keep you accountable,” said a smiling Courtney Moskal, a health coach and registered dietitian with BlueCross BlueShield of WNY.Except for the very young and very infirm among us, we all can walk. There are strategies to …

Forget the Christmas shopping season. This is the time of year Bryan LoVullo ramps up his planning for gifts he is about to receive.His bounty in the many weeks ahead will come from his garden.LoVullo spent the winter preparing seeds, and he already has some of them planted in trays and cups near his south- or west-facing windows. Other seeds – including for root vegetab…

By Scott Scanlon // refresh EditorWinter – knock on wood – seems to have eased its grip on Western New York and our thoughts, finally, can turn toward spreading our wings outdoors.Bring on the golf, biking and landscaping!But first, a word of warning from several fitness experts: Those who didn’t stick with a strong exercise regimen during the winter will want to tak…

By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorMary Anne Cappellino knows first-hand the unexpected benefits of exercise.One of them came courtesy of the 100th Turkey Trot in 1995.“I went to run it as I do every year with my friends,” Cappellino recalled last week. “I was a single mom at the time. I left my two daughters at home watching the Macy’s Day Parade while I went out and r…

The potty train has left the station. It’s quite a relief, considering I started stressing about potty training before our daughter Chloe was even born. Anxious to get it over with, I was ready to dive in at 18 months the early end of the age when experts suggest starting to train. But Chloe wasn’t having it. If we tried to get her to sit on the potty, even with her cl…

UnitedHealth Group, the nation's No. 2 health insurer, is adding 80 more jobs to its Tonawanda workforce by year-end. Those hires will be in addition to 70 it has added since January - including nurses - and 125 hired last year, company executives announced Tuesday. That's 150 new jobs in 2012 and 275 in two years, driving the total staff at its facility on Colvin Woods Bo…

We link, you decide:Farhad Manjoo, a Slate technology writer, tells how to make your online passwords more secure, as holiday shopping season begins. (Slate.com)A London newspaper says that today's lazy and "cosseted" children need to be assigned more chores. (Daily Mail)Is our generation cosseting our children by over-helping with their homework? Radical Pa…

When word of tragedy spreads, such as the news that came out Monday about the deaths of five young people from Amherst -- four perished in a car crash and one died from illness -- it's something we want to talk about. At the water cooler (if those exist anymore), the coffee stand or the lunch table, we all say, "Did you hear? ... One of those girls went to grade …

Byron Jenkins is a soccer dad from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who is suffering from what could be called Empty Minivan Syndrome. The youngest of his three children graduated from high school last June. Now, Jenkins doesn't know what to do with all his free time. Jenkins, in an essay in Toronto's Globe and Mail, says that for eight years, he was "out there on …

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman (above) are known for their fresh thinking about parenting. Their books and articles have been called eye-opening, alarming and full of insights. Their latest book is "NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children." The book contains some fascinating insights into why kids aren't getting enough sleep; why they aren't learnin…

All previous attempts and systems to keep our family organized have failed. So now we've looked at cloud computing from both sides now, from up and down, and still somehow have decided to let Google rule our lives. Our family schedule is now fully integrated on Google calendar, and it's handy, I must say, to quote Ed Grimley. Our school prompted this move to clo…

We are the last people I know of with kids in the house who don’t own a gaming system.  No Wii, Xbox, PlayStation 1, 2, or 3. Which makes our house a not-so-desirable destination. If we brought home a system and didn’t put restrictions on its use, at least one of our children would be permanently affixed to the controls. It’s not that we are anti-gaming, we jus…

Every parenting blog in the land is mentioning President Obama's speech that's being shown in many schools today. Turns out it's about working hard, being responsible, etc.  I'll leave it to the conspiracy theorists to decode the subliminal socialist messages. (Just kidding, folks.) With that out of the way, let's move on to a Washington Post article about parents u…

The New York Times' Room for Debate blog has a panel considering the pluses and minuses of summer homework. This has been the subject of debate in our house. Our 11th-grade daughter's summer assignments were very challenging, to the point where I sometimes wondered if more of her time would have been better spent just riding a bicycle or splashing around a poo…

 We’ve been lax in the pick-your-own produce department this year, but squeezed in a trip to Greg’s U-Pick It in Clarence this week to pick blueberries. They are such a rewarding pick, falling into your hands without the need to reach up or stoop. Great product placement, in grocery parlance. Another reason, in addition to anti-oxidants, why blueberries are the…