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Library health fair on Wednesday offers positive steps toward wellness

Tai chi, meditation, and talks about mental health and raising awareness about the opiate crisis in Western New York will be among the highlights Wednesday at the “Positive Steps: Health & Wellness Fair" in the Central Library.

Related programs are free starting at 10 a.m. in and outside the downtown library, 1 Lafayette Square.

Here’s the itinerary:

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9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Information table on for Medicaid recipients, near escalators, main floor

10 a.m.: Taoist Tai Chi Society class, outdoors (or Central Meeting Room, Front Entrance, Main Concourse, if inclement weather)

10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m.: Line dance fitness, West Room, main floor

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Displays and information, Central Meeting Room, Front Entrance, Main Concourse, Information Services, main floor includes:

  • Information table on the United Healthcare Community Affordable Healthcare Insurance, Information & Enrollment, across from Launch Pad, main floor
  • Healthy food choices by Trocaire College dietetics students
  • Blood pressure screenings by Trocaire nursing students.
  • Body Mass Index, cholesterol and blood oxygen screenings by Catholic Health.
  • Chair massage by Chris Kopera


10:30 a.m.: “Taking Charge of Your Life,” talk by Kelly Marie Showard, Ring of Knowledge, main floor

11:30 a.m.: “Mind Gardens,” talk by Greg Bodekor on the health benefits of mindfulness and meditation, Ring of Knowledge

Noon to 1 p.m.: “Opiate Awareness: What You Can Do,” talk by Dr. Gale Burnstein, Erie County Health Commissioner, Ring of Knowledge

12:15 p.m.: Meditation with Greg Bodekor, West Room

12:45 p.m.: 40,000 Steps Kickoff and guided fitness walk outdoors led by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo

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