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National expert to talk about boosting health in WNY next weekend

A national leader in the community walkability effort will join Western New York public health leaders next weekend for the second Building a Healthy Buffalo and WNY.

The event, hosted by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and community partners, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 3, in the parish hall at St. Teresa Catholic Church, 1974 Seneca St., South Buffalo.

Kate Kraft, executive director at the national nonprofit America Walks, will lead a discussion about  using public action to help design healthier Western New York communities, and how such work impacts other revitalization efforts. She will be joined by Robert Shibley, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture; Justin Booth, executive director of GObike Buffalo; Julie Barrett O’Neill, green program director with the Buffalo Sewer Authority; and a representative of PUSH Buffalo.

The event will wrap up with a workshop on how to assess your community’s walkability and get involved in the region’s walking to wellness initiatives.

Kraft was unable to attend a similar event set up last August because weather-related problems delayed her flight from the East Coast.

The Feb. 3 event is free and lunch will be provided, but those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP online here.

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