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The Healthy 10: Belly dancing, fitness classes, Slow Roll at The News

Belly dancing, a new weekly Veggie Van workshop and a Slow Roll that launches Monday evening from The Buffalo News are among WNY Refresh top 10 picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here.

Also, look online and in Saturday's print edition of WNY Refresh for our annual outdoor fitness package, which will include a calendar with dozens of classes – many of them free.


Slow Roll Buffalo: Riders gather as early as 5:15 p.m. and ride starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp at The Buffalo News, Scott and Washington streets. Before the ride, learn how to stay healthy and active this summer with help from the American Heart Association, Theatre of Youth and the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. Dr. Joanne Wu, a Rochester physiatrist who lives in Snyder and teaches yoga and AcroYoga in the Buffalo area, will lead a 30-minute “stretch and flex” yoga warmup for the Slow Roll at 5:15 The News lobby; no mats are needed and you can do it in your cycling clothes. Those events, and the Slow Roll, which starts at 6:30, are free. The roughly 10-mile guided ride will start and end outside The News. An after-party with food trucks, music and refreshments will follow. First-time riders should register for the bike ride at Bikers up to age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


“Help Your Back” fitness class: 6:45 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 107 Scott St., City of Tonawanda. Back fitness class combines strengthening, flexibility and relaxation to help or reduce back discomfort and improve posture. Free.

NAMI mental health support: For family and caregivers of people living with mental illness, 5 p.m., Lake Shore Behavioral Health, 951 Niagara St.; also 7 p.m. Wednesday at both St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St. (near Eggert Road), Snyder, and Lake Shore Behavioral Health Services, 3176 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Call 226-6264 for more information.


Caring Hearts and Hands: WNY Alzheimer’s Caregiver Partnership will offer a new monthly program for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementia beginning at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Indian Falls United Methodist Church, 7908 Alleghany Road, Corfu. Program features trained volunteers who will provide fun, supervised activities and a meal to keep a loved one purposefully occupied while their caregiver takes a much needed break. Free, although registration is required by contacting Celina McQustion at 585-478-8188 or by email at

Diabetes self-management: Weekly, six-week program for people with diabetes will begin at 10:30 a.m., Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. 8th Street, Lewiston. To register, call 278-1900. Free.

Mindfulness and Mindful Eating: Talk at 6:30 p.m., Audubon Branch Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Ever find yourself eating more than you intended or eating when you weren’t hungry? Mindful eating can help. Free.


The Cornell Cooperative of Niagara County Veggie Van will be a Thursday regular at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center starting this week. (Buffalo News file photo)

Veggie Mobile Van: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County and The Heart Center of Niagara will bring the van to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 571 10th St., Niagara Falls from 1 to 3 p.m. for a weekly, 12-week run. In addition to the Veggie Van, which will offer locally grown fruit and vegetables at discount prices, a chef from Wegmans will be on hand to demonstrate tasty ways to prepare fresh produce, blood pressure checks and heart disease risk screenings will be conducted and physicians will answer health and wellness questions at an “Ask the Doctor” table. “Brown Bag” medication checks will be offered by Memorial’s pharmacy department. With the exception of Aug. 3, the Veggie Van will return to Memorial every Thursday afternoon through Sept. 1 and accommodate both cash and EBT purchases.  “Our Million Hearts Project calls for increasing awareness about heart disease prevention and empowering community members to better control their own heart health,” said Memorial Marketing Director Julie Clark. “This summer’s weekly visits by the Veggie Van Mobile Farmers Market will give people the means to make heart healthy, affordable food choices.”

Beginner Yoga: Drop-in class, 5:30 p.m., Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, 841 Delaware Ave. For more info, visit $10.


Battle @ Buffalo: 7 p.m., Verve Dance Studio, 910 Main St. (above Hyatt’s Art Store). Monthly competition to encourage the development of young dancers in a supportive environment and provide a place for the community to learn, share and support the dance community. $5 to watch and $6 to battle.


The BellyDance Academy fitness class: Aerobic-style fitness with Belly Dance moves, 9 a.m., East Canal, Canalside, 44 Prime St. Learn as you work out. You may be surprised how slightly changing your fitness routine can challenge your muscles. No experience needed. Free.


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