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‘Walking to Wellness’ participants exceeded step goal in 2017

The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo announced those participating in its “Walking to Wellness” initiative last year surpassed the goal of achieving 50 million steps.

Organized walks took place in shopping malls and parks, on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and downtown. Wellness Institute partner Explore Buffalo led the way, contributing 39 million steps toward the community total of 76.5 million steps.

Wellness Institute Executive Director Phil Haberstro also thanked several other partners for helping add to the total step count total of 76.5 million as part of the institute’s “Walking to Wellness” initiative. They included WNY Refresh, Visit Buffalo Niagara, the Amherst YES Program, Lackawanna and Orchard Park schools, Drums along the Waterfront, and the City B-Well Program.

“Additionally, institute staff member Sarah K. Martin completed an America Walks fellowship, strengthening our capability to improve walkability and with the help of  the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors,” said Haberstro, who will announce the 2018 goal this month.

Schools, community organizations, area employers and others who wish to be a part of the initiative in 2018 can call 851-4052 or email

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