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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…

Danielle Stevens holds two degrees from Canisius College: a bachelor’s in early childhood and special education, and a master’s in teaching English to students of other languages. She spent part of three summers in college working with children in orphanages in Poland. She’s worked with two agencies that help those with mental health challenges. The hard work, pas…

The New York State Health Foundation is accepting requests for proposals through 1 p.m. Thursday from hospitals interested in signing on to OpenNotes, a national movement to give patients access to their own visit notes written by their doctors, nurses or other clinicians. Established in 2010 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, OpenNotes gives patients and their ca…

We can come to a greater feeling of peace in our lives by addressing the acute and chronic traumas that we have buried deep within us and try to keep at bay. This is the big message in a free, two-hour educational program on “soul injuries” that will take place on Thursday in Hamburg. The seminar is inspired by six former hospice nurses from Boston, Mass., who co…

Buffalo Bills Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas, his wife, Patti, and their daughter Annika are honorary chairs of the Buffalo Superhero 5K Race and Wellness Walk, the first and largest event of its kind in Western New York dedicated to mental health awareness. The run and walk – hosted by Compeer of Greater Buffalo and the Mental Health Association of Erie Co…

Patrick Hall has learned during his fitness career to give the people what they want. In his most recent reincarnation of Hybrid Fitness, that means Ninja Warrior obstacle courses for kids. Three years ago, Hall converted his downtown gym into a Ninja Warrior training center after he appeared on the fifth season of the popular “American Ninja Warrior” TV series. He …

Think you have to hike to experience a trail? Think again, says the American Hiking Society, which has designated June 3 as National Trails Day. The annual occasion is designed to encourage everyone to explore trails on foot, by bicycle, on a horse or in a boat, kayak or canoe. Some designated trails also allow motorized users. Those interested in finding a specia…

ALBANY – Unable to persuade state lawmakers to pass a bill allowing physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives, advocates on Tuesday took their case for assisted suicide before the state’s highest court in a fight that involves physicians, medical ethicists, disabled people and church groups. “We view it as something completely different from suici…

Therapeutic nutrition intervention for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer will be the topic of a free Breast Cancer Network of Western New York educational seminar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the network’s center, 3297 Walden Ave. in Depew. The seminar will feature Mary Jo Parker, a registered dietitian nutritionist, nutrition therapist and consultant. It w…

Veterans with a service-connected disability that results in the inability to have biological children can receive fertility counseling and treatment at Veterans Affairs facilities under a change in regulations announced this month. Spouses of eligible veterans also are covered under the change, which includes in vitro fertilization. For more information on the guide…

Early week bike rides, and two 5Ks and fundraising bike ride next weekend, are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. xxx MONDAY Slow Roll Memorial Day Ride: Meet at 5:30 p.m., ride at 6:30, Buffalo Naval Park, Canalside. Roughly 1…

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…

The Buffalo Marathon will take place Sunday on many of the city's major streets and at its two major parks. Here are things anyone who will be in the city during that period will need to know: When: The Buffalo Marathon, half-marathon and marathon relay will start at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Where: It will include more than 50 streets and avenues that run from the city w…

Andrea Vaillancourt-Alder started paddling as a child on Lake George and began teaching paddle sports in the Chesapeake Bay as a teen while living in Norfolk, Va. She has since canoed or kayaked on the Thames River in London, in the Celtic Sea along Cornwall, on the southwest tip of England, and with hippos and crocodiles off the Coast of South Africa. “I’ll padd…