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By Scott Scanlon Jo Freudenheim has had the rare blessing of having two daughters – one biological, one adopted – both of whom bring lots of joy into her life, even though they’re teenagers. Freudenheim, chair of the UB Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, helped me with the cover story giving tips to new moms in today’s WNY Refresh section and we talked a bit abo…

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By Scott Scanlon Editor Mike Connelly told us when several of us started to develop concepts for Refresh several weeks ago that the cover was the most important thing about the new section. We have great photographers and graphic designers at The Buffalo News, and they work with Features Editor Bruce Andriatch and me on cover ideas. We want images that make readers smile a…

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By Samantha Maziarz ChristmannNews STAFF ReporterFitness guru Denise Austin was in Williamsville this week, signing copies of her new book, “Side Effect: Skinny,” and unveiling a new line of Forever Fit fitness equipment being sold at Rite Aid stores.The 56-year-old fitness instructor has had two long-running television exercise programs and has released more than 30 exerc…

By Scott Scanlon / Refresh EditorNew moms don’t go from being who they were to a being a mom only.“You want to add that on to who you are,” said Dr. Anne Curtis, chairwoman of the Department of Medicine at the University at Buffalo.“But women also want to think they can do it all, especially a brand-new mom,” Curtis added. “You want to be Super Mom. I think it can be a dan…

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By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorDerek and Andrea Alessi have the blessing of their parents, two baby sitters and many others when it comes to support in helping to care for their three children, Luciana, 4½, Luca, 2, and Serafina, 11 months.Andrea Alessi also has the benefit of a health and fitness expert husband who has given her plenty of insight and advice when it has com…

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By Bruce Andriatchame/featuresThis is the time of year when everyone from novice to elite runners are hitting the road to prepare for the dozens of road races approaching on the calendar.What they have in common is the constant search for routes that will fill their distance needs – some days they might need to run a mile, some days, they might need to run seven – without …

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Dr. Kelly A. Chwojdak, owner of Safe Harbor Chiropractic in Hamburg, uses a different method than most chiropractors when it comes to treating her patients: Korean Specific Technique, which uses ArthroStim, a hand-held correcting device, instead of the more familiar twisting and turning of body parts.But when it comes to balanced eating, “Dr. Kelly,” as she liked to be cal…

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By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorAre you the kind of person who loses it when you’re caught in traffic?Are you pretty good at solving problems but really bad when the problem is beyond your control to fix?Do you internalize your frustrations – so much so that it has led to ongoing problems in your gastrointestinal tract?Take heart, all you Type A personalities who answered ye…

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By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorJackie Frost is becoming a rock star in the field of Buffalo school cafeteria food.How else can you explain students clamoring for cauliflower and veggie fries?Frost, 34, a Grand Rapids, Mich., native and former pastry chef in some of the swankiest restaurants in Washington, D.C., moved to Buffalo about six years ago after she met her husband,…

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Want 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 get the most out of a walk, but the b…

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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 get th…

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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 vegetable…

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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 take it e…

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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 ran. And …

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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 clothe…