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American Health Association News The healthiest employees of Baptist Health South Florida incurred thousands of dollars less in health care costs and were less likely to be hospitalized or visit an emergency department than employees with moderate or poor health, according to a recent study released by the American Heart Association. The study offers a compelling bus…

The ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter will host its annual Buffalo Walk to Defeat ALS Saturday at Coca-Cola Field. Registration is required and starts at 9:30 a.m.; the walk kicks off at 11. All are welcome to participate and funds raised will support care services programs, research, advocacy and building awareness for the regional ALS Association. Amyotro…

Two state legislators are continuing to pressure the governor to sign a bill that would keep the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca instead of moving it to the grounds of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Sen. Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma, said residents can sign an online petition calling on the governor to sign the bill at savewnycpc.com. A…

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café in South Buffalo has partnered with People Inc. to offer the Enlightenment on Wheels program. Through the program, People Inc. clients living in local group homes can fill out a form and Dog Ears will send them two books every other week, perpetuating the reading process and keeping their minds fresh. “The program allows us to ensure …

A Western New York health collaboration that advocates value-based care has teamed up with the Lyft ride-hailing service to provide free rides to Medicaid patients who use affiliated services. “The major reason our Medicaid patients miss doctors’ appointments is because they cannot find an efficient mode of transport,” said Dr. Raul Vazquez, chief executive office…

More than 100 people from across the country will embark on the Empire State Ride on Sunday to support research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The weeklong bicycling event starts in Manhattan and will end next Saturday in Niagara Falls. Cyclists of all experience levels will travel through some of the most scenic parts of the state, making overnight stops in the H…

The American Cancer Society, in a move to decentralize its management strategy across the country, has established its Upstate chapter headquarters in its 38-year-old John James Audubon Parkway office in Amherst. “Because of the growth in Buffalo, we see this as an important charitable space and an opportunity to grow as well,” said Michael Crisona, who has led the …

Inspire Dental Group has expanded its practice to the City of Buffalo. The practice, which has offices in Amherst and West Seneca, spent $1 million to renovate office space at 199 Delaware Ave. to create a  specialty dental office that will add up to 30 jobs. The new location features 12 examination rooms and an oral surgery suite. The new 5,000-square-foot office, …

Three Niagara County hospitals will share $1 million in state grants. DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda, owned by Kaleida Health, will receive $300,000 to help expand its emergency department. Kaleida recently disclosed that on Oct. 1, DeGraff will stop performing surgeries and close its intensive care unit. Construction on the expanded $7.8 million emergen…

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…

Things have changed since the first time Tracy Hurley and her family attended the FARE Food Allergies walk six years ago. “One out of every 13 kids has food allergies, so more people are touched by it directly now. Maybe a nephew or a niece, or brother, sister or a classmate has it, so I think people are understanding it more. The millennials have grown up with it now…

Betty Fecteau has always valued the importance of taking care of her eyes. "You only have one set," said Fecteau, 85, a retired accounting and purchasing specialist who lives in West Seneca. She and her husband, Bill, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker with diabetes, have made regular eye exams a part of their health and wellness regimen for decades. During a biannu…

You've probably seen them, those red bikes around Buffalo. They are locked up in neat rows with bright yellow locks. They are Reddy Bikes, sponsored by Independent Health and ready to roll, thanks to a local system called Reddy Bikeshare. They called to me. "But you have a bike!" my friends said. True. Over the years, though, I've had bikes stolen. I got flat…

A state Supreme Court justice Thursday declined the state's request to dismiss a lawsuit that aims to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center open in West Seneca. Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto did not renew, however, a restraining order she had issued earlier this month which temporarily barred Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo from vetoing a bill that bars the …