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Healthy choices: World record Ice Bucket Challenge try, Hoopathon on tap this week

A world record Ice Bucket Challenge attempt, a bike run in Lackawanna and Hoopathon Saturday in the Elmwood Village are among the Top 10 WNY Refresh Picks of the Week for healthy pursuits in the region this week.


Exercise Like the Animals: 9 a.m., Monday; also same time Tuesday and Thursday, Canalside. Fitness class mimics the moves of animals of the world. Free.

Slow Roll: Riders gather at 5:30 p.m. and ride starts at 6:30 sharp outside Lackawanna Fire Station 3, 2990 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Bikers up to age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more info on rides later in the season, visit

Diabetes Coping and Problem Solving: 6 p.m., Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, 224 E. Main St., Concord. For more info, visit


Hip Hop with Shawniece: 5 p.m., Canalside. Easy-to-follow cardio dance class that focuses on using hip-hop moves and songs. Free.

Spinal Rejuvenation: 5:30 p.m., Osteopathic Wellness Medicine of Western New York, 235 S. Elmwood Ave., Suite 120. Ideal for active people who deal with back pain, as well as those looking to experience new healing modalities. $25.


Zumba: 10 a.m., Cheektowaga Town Park, between shelters 12 and 13, 2600 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga; also 6 p.m., Day Road Park gazebo, 5014-98 Day Road, Town of Lockport. Both are free.


MAP Mobile Market: 4 to 6 p.m., Massachusetts Avenue Project Farm Stand, 389 Massachusetts Ave.; also 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Gerard Place, 2515 Bailey Ave.; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Moot Community Center, 292 High St.; 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Ave.; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Salvation Army, 960 Main St.


Systema: 9 a.m., Canalside. Russian martial art based in freedom of movement, breathing and nondestruction of your training partners. Free.

Hoopathon: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, Elmwood Avenue at Bidwell Parkway. Hoops of all sizes will be at hand and those who have their own are encouraged to bring them. A hoops endurance contest starts at 10 a.m. in three divisions: adult (18 and over), young adult (13-17), and child (12 and under). A Noco gas card, Elmwood Village shopping spree and kid’s Ultra Hoops birthday party will be among prizes. Participants pay a small entry fee, $5 to $7, and proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Infringement Festival. This is an endurance contest so remember to drink plenty of water and plan on moving for a few hours if you’re playing to win.


Ice Bucket Challenge and ALS walk: Organizers hope to lure about 1,000 people to Ralph Wilson Stadium to dump icy buckets of water over their heads at the same time. Proceeds will benefit the ALS Association. The world record attempt will take place after the 11 a.m. walk, about 11:45 a.m.; those interested in participating can register at They should plan to arrive at the stadium about 11 a.m. and do not need to participate in the 1-mile walk. Those who also wish to register for the walk may do so on the same site. Guinness World Record observers will attend the challenge.


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