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Scott Scanlon

Scott Scanlon, an award-winning reporter, is editor of WNY Refresh, which focuses on health, fitness, nutrition and family matters. The Western New York native, a married father of two adult daughters, is aware of the contradictions that may appear to come from writing pieces here and there about beer, wine and travel. He does so in moderation.


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The organizers of Tuesday’s Dining Out for Life event couldn’t make it much easier to support the cause of helping those with, or at risk, of HIV. “All you have to donate is your appetite,” said Kathy Oczek, vice president for advancement at The Evergreen Association. Oczek (pronounced O-Zack) brought the fundraiser to Buffalo a dozen years ago, when The Evergreen Associ…

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Chris “The Bulldog” Parker used to be one of those dads who fell into the trappings of the typical Buffalo family life.Busy job. Busy family. Down times filled with watching sports, drinking beer and downing subs, wings and fast food.Time has a way of catching up with dads like Parker. It happened to him in the winter of 2009, when he was 44 years old and his sons, Owen an…

Talking about end-of-life care can be painful, but it pales in comparison to families trying to have such a conversation in the midst of a health crisis. This is the driving idea behind the P2 Collaborative’s annual conference next week in Cheektowaga.The nonprofit agency, among the leaders in Western New York community health planning, will bring Pulitzer Prize-winning co…

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Early in his health care career, Raymond Ganoe would lose a friend or client almost every week to the ravages of HIV.Two decades later, he continues to serve those with the human immunodeficiency virus, as well as those at risk of contracting HIV. Meanwhile, his agency – Evergreen Health Services – casts a wider net on the prevention end, working closely with those who str…

Dr. Mike Roizen talked about living a longer, healthier life during a public visit to Larkin Square last month – and afterward, the Buffalo native, whose column with Dr. Mehmet Oz appears weekly in WNY Refresh, shared some startling statistics about Type 2 diabetes during a talk with civic leaders at the Buffalo Club.About 3 million Americans had that type of diabetes when…

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Chris “The Bulldog” Parker used to be one of those dads who fell into the trappings of the typical Buffalo family life. Busy job. Busy family. Down times filled with watching sports, drinking beer and downing subs, wings and fast food. Time has a way of catching up with dads like Parker. It happened to him in the winter of 2009, when he was 44 years old and his sons, Owe…

Free mammograms for women 40 to 64 who are uninsured will be given Saturday at Windsong Williamsville, 55 Spindrift Drive. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the Cancer Services Program of Erie County at 858-7376. Screening helps find breast cancer at earlier, more treatable stages, and statistics show that the uninsured and underinsured are at a highe…

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Erin DeVantier is the latest mom I’ve interviewed who had trouble getting back into shape after the birth of her second child. “With my first, I felt like everything bounced back really quick, but with the second I just didn’t feel good in general,” she told me this week. “I was sick, I wasn’t losing the weight. I just didn’t feel like me. I was working out like crazy, so…

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Frank Azzarelli can thank his Aunt Bertha and a former Buffalo Children’s Hospital administrator for the chance to build a career in his hometown. But the professional fire that still burns after four decades in the health field has been stoked from a lifetime of watching others stand strong in the midst of great challenges.Azzarelli has helped heal children, wounded soldi…

The Elmwood Health Center already was a special place before Frank Azzarelli arrived nearly seven years ago. He and his staff have put a new stamp on the place since, and look to a future when it will play an even greater health care and wellness role for some of Western New York’s most vulnerable. James M. Boles – the longtime leader of People Inc. who will retire on Wed…

Women looking to learn about new outdoor activities next weekend with old friends or new ones can still sign up for Wild Women Unite, which takes place from next Friday through Oct. 5 on Grand Island. The event includes instructors and equipment for easy access to try 30 different outdoor activities, including fishing, sailing, obstacle course running, yoga, kayaking and …

Think you’re the best around when it comes to hip hop, hat tricks, top rocking, Bboying, house and power trick dancing? If so, Verve dance studio in downtown Buffalo has a contest for you. Every month, the studio on the third floor of 910 Main St. hosts a Battle @ Buffalo and has a special contest planned for Saturday night. Doors open at 7 p.m.; admission runs $5. Spen…

The Delaware YMCA and Parenting Network of WNY will host a free seminar Thursday to help parents learn how to work on challenging child behaviors. The class – which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Y, 2564 Delaware Ave. – is for parents who are at a loss for how to handle children who have created problems in school or at home. Instructors will focus on Functional Behavior As…

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Chris “The Bulldog” Parker delivered a pep talk today to an A-list of local TV, radio and news celebrities about to do battle on the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium. “If I can run, anyone can find a way to do it,” he said. With that, 15 contestants squared off for a football obstacle contest designed to set the stage for a bigger regional competition: The Independent Healt…

The top GEICO manager in the region, who knows what it’s like to travel the treacherous road of cancer treatment, is chairman of a fundraiser this weekend that looks to shine a light on the needs of those with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood diseases. The Light The Night Walk, to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western and Central New York, will take pla…