The April weather could be better, but two 5Ks are on the schedule this week, along with opening night of Food Truck Tuesdays and a Walking to Wellness event at the Central Library. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region.
Food Truck Tuesday: This week includes opening night of the popular Food Truck Tuesdays, where each of up to 40 food trucks will feature at least one healthy option. Festivities run from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St. For more info, visit larkinsquare.com.
Holistic Health Series: A presentation about climate change and food security by Jack Kanack, owner of Weathermedic Inc., a weather consulting and applied climatology business, will start at 7 p.m. in Audubon Branch Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. For more info, call 689-4922. Free.
Health System of the Future: A leading hospital “futurist” will be keynote speaker during an event designed to give those who attend a greater feel for the health care system on a national and local level. Talk will center on incentives that will improve coordination of post-acute care in Western New York, the role of new technologies in the development of quality-driven care, and how value-based payment will change the system on the national level. The presentation and panel discussion will feature Josh Luke, former hospital CEO, and a health care futurist. It will run from 5 to 7 p.m. in the D’Youville College Blue Lounge, College Center, 320 Porter Ave. Registration is required and can be handled online at here or before the event at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $50 for those who would like to earn 1.5 continuing education credits, $40 for the general public, $20 for students and free for D’Youville students.
Peace, Love and Power community conference: The School Health and Wellness Collaborative of Buffalo will bring the national group Holistic Life Foundation to the region for an event from 9 a.m. to noon in First Trinity Church, 370 Delaware Ave. It will feature a keynote presentation by the three founders of the Holistic Life Foundation who will talk about how other communities have embraced yoga, mindfulness and other self-healing practices to help improve the lives of young people in a variety of ways. Local experts will provide workshops on topics including trauma-informed care and restorative practices. The event is free, but those who plan to attend are encouraged to register through the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo Facebook page at facebook.com/chwbuffalo or at 8:30 a.m. in person the day of the event.
WOW (Wellness Our Way): A family and community wellness event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Lafayette High School, 370 Lafayette Ave. and neighboring International School 45, 141 Hoyt St. Includes healthy taste testing, yoga, dance, music and play-based learning. Free and open to all.
Run for Smiles: This 5K will benefit University School for Dental Medicine programs. It starts at 10 a.m. on the South Campus, 3435 Main St.; runners will begin and end at the Health Sciences Library quad. Post-race celebration will include live music, food and drink. Register at ubrunforsmiles.com through Thursday. $20.
Walking to Wellness: A discussion at 10 a.m. will be followed by a walk on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus at 11 a.m., Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Hosted by Imagine Greater Buffalo Lifelong Learning and the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo.
Faith-based health fair: Will run from noon to 2 p.m. in Hopewell Baptist Church, 1301 Fillmore Ave. Information about health literacy, physical activity; Ask the Doctor and Ask the Pharmacist. Presented by Millennium Collaborative Care, Greater Buffalo United Ministries, Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center.
Tropical Dreamin’: Fundraiser for Families Touched by MS, will run from 7 to 11 p.m. at St. Mary’s High School, 142 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Register at familiestouchedbyms.org. $30, with proceeds to help improve the lives of those with multiple sclerosis by building ramps, making home improvements and providing scooters.
Friends of the Night People Putting Hunger on the Run 5K Run and Walk: Starts at 10 a.m. at D’Youville College, 320 Porter Ave. Register at friendsofnightpeople.com or 8:30 a.m. on race day. Race start on Niagara Street near Vermont Street. $25.