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Healthy choices this week focus on community well-being, kids with special needs

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein will be among those busy during National Public Health week this week. Two of her talks are among the Top 10 Refresh Calendar Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family life. So, too, is a Wednesday appearance at the University at Buffalo of a Pulitzer-prize winning cancer doctor.


“So Your Teenager is Vaping E-Cigarettes – Should You Worry?”: Public health seminar as part of Public Health Week at UB, noon, 144 Farber Hall, South Campus, Main Street and Bailey Avenue, with Lynn Kozlowski, professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior and former dean of the School of Public Health. Free.

“Super Size Me”: Showing of the film and discussion about Director Morgan Spurlock’s social experiment in high fast-food intake, 4:30 p.m., D’Youville College, Madonna Hall, Porter and Fargo avenues. Part of the school’s Public Health Week programing. Free.

Zumba: 6:45 p.m.; also 9 a.m. Tuesday. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca. For info, email or call 829-9314. $5.


Diabetes self-management program: 9:30 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 4447 Central Ave., Lockport. Start of six-week workshops. Register by calling 278-1900. Free.

Programs for parents of special needs children: “Transition to Kindergarten for Children with Special Needs,” 5 p.m. Tuesday, Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns, 16 Peter St. Discuss the differences between preschool special education and school age special education; at 6 p.m., program entitled “Psychological Testing for Special Education Services,” Parent Network, 1000 Main St. Talk focusing on the basics. Also, at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, a program about understanding special education will take place at Lackawanna Public Schools, 245 South Shore Blvd., Lackawanna.


Health commissioner appearances: Burstein will give a talk at 10 a.m. entitled “Health Disparities in Erie County,” in Madonna Hall at the D’Youville College campus; she’ll also appear from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday as part of a panel discussion entitled “Building a Public Health Movement in Buffalo: Education, Community and Advocacy in the Wick Campus Center Social Room at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amhert. Panelists also  will include Dr. Al Dirschberger, Erie County social services commissioner; and Apple Domingo, new American director at Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County. Community agencies from throughout the Buffalo Niagara region will provide information on their efforts to promote good health in the community and ways residents can become involved in the public health movement. Free.

UB Distinguished Speaker Series: Talk by cancer physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” 8 p.m., University at Buffalo Alumni Arena North Campus in Amherst. Buy tickets at Part of UB Public Health Week programing.


Sixth Annual Global Health Day: Events from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4th Floor Conference Room, Hayes Hall, UB South Campus, starting with 8 a.m. breakfast program, “Global Health as a Human Right,” including introductions by Drs. Pavani Ram and Kory Smith of the UB Community for Global Health Equity, opening talk by Claude Welch, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, UB Department of Political Science. Programs include “Treating Neglected Infections: Discovery, Distribution, Equity, and Ethics,” 10 a.m. to noon; “Know Your Global Health Competition,” 12:30 to 1:45; “Air pollution across the lifespan: from pregnancy and birth outcomes to mental health,” 2 to 4 p.m. Register here. Free.

Holistic Alliance of WNY: Robbie Raugh, group fitness instructor and author of “The Raw Recharge: 7 truths for total health and fitness,” will be guest speaker at 7 p.m., Sisters Hospital St. Joseph’s Campus, 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. For more info, visit


Medicinal garden program: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2256 South Park Ave., will include tips on healthy eating, things to do each day to improve health, and stress relief, as well as provide information about botanicals used in traditional and current medicine. The Medicinal Garden, in collaboration with Mercy Hospital and the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy, also will host an Arthritis Awareness and Osteoporosis Awareness Prevention Month program May 14. Medicinal Garden features are included in the general admission and can be purchased at the door. For more info, visit


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