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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 …

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Mon, Mar 6, 2017

The Color Me Rad 5K will return to Western New York this spring. Darien Lake Amusement Park on June 10 will host the event, in which runners are blasted in colors at eight color stations as they make their way along the course. A “finish festival” includes a final “color throw.” Registrants receive a T-shirt, temporary tattoo and sunglasses. Sign up at buffal…

Kenmore Mercy Hospital passed a milestone recently when Dr. Richard J. Buckley Jr. completed his 100th surgery using the da Vinci Robot surgical system at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. The hospital’s first such surgery took place on Feb. 24, 2016. “The da Vinci surgical system offers patients a minimally invasive approach as the incisions are smaller and recovery is fa…

Several groups will hold a half-day workshop later this month entitled “Securing Stable Housing: Informing the Community of the Housing Hurdles that Mental Health Consumers Face and Their Available Solutions.” The workshop is free. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 15 in Allen Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus. Workshop topics will incl…

Walking in the woods or the mall, taking holistic steps to boost your well-being and learning how to better prevent cancer 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. TUESDAY Healthy Living for your Brain & Body: 10 a.m., Peregrine’s Land…

Daily users of e-cigarettes view them as almost as satisfying or even more satisfying, and less harmful, than cigarettes, according to a small study from the University at Buffalo. The study of 105 U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers and their partners found that the study participants who vape daily reported e-cigarettes as “at least as satisfying” as cig…

Melany Arrison's mother can't swim, wouldn't dream of getting on a bicycle and doesn't run. “But she always likes to hear about my adventures," Arrison said. Her father? That's another story. Jerald Hill, of Mohawk descent, grew up on the Tuscarora Nation and worked for Martin Fireproofing Corp. – often climbing onto scaffolding, roofs and skyrise building…

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…