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Ten thousand bags containing essential items for getting through the Covid-19 pandemic will be distributed to students in Buffalo and their families Wednesday at Buffalo Public Schools throughout the city. Students will pick up the wellness bags during their regular lunch pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Independent Health and the Independent Health Foundation have teamed with Pegula

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Independent Health and the Buffalo Bills look to underline the importance of well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic as they prepare to launch a new spring Health & Wellness Challenge. The challenge starts Monday and runs through June 7. It encourages participants to move more, eat wisely and drink enough water. The insurer and NFL team will sweeten the challenge

Families who attend First Night Buffalo on New Year’s Eve will find familiar attractions that they’ve experienced during previous installments over three decades, including carnival rides, bounce houses, live animals and a dance party. Organizers helping the Independent Health Foundation bring off the 31st annual drug- and alcohol-free event also wanted to mix thing up – in big ways.

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Buffalo has some frivolous events, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with them. But when there’s a chance to have a good time and support something that matters – such as feeding the hungry, giving shelter to the homeless or encouraging more Buffalonians to register as organ donors – the benefit extends beyond your own enjoyment. When local fundraisers are

Dr. Anthony J. Billittier IV, former Erie County health commissioner, will become the new executive vice president and chief medical officer with Independent Health. Billittier will provide clinical leadership for the region’s second-largest insurer, and set the tone for programs that help employers and members better manage health and wellness. He starts June 10, and replaces Dr. Thomas J.

The Independent Health Foundation Kids Run will be held rain or shine at 9 a.m. June 1 in Delaware Park. The 31st annual free event will include a mini-dash for children ages 2 to 5 and a 1.8-mile family run/walk for all ages. A diaper derby will be held for all babies who crawl. Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics,

Independent Health’s Fitness in the Parks classes close out the summer season this week. Meanwhile, Canalside outdoor classes – presented by BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York – will stretch into Labor Day weekend. All of these classes are free and all are welcome to participate. Below is a complete listing of remaining classes. * Independent Health classes

More than 19,000 Western New Yorkers signed up for the spring Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge, making it the most successful challenge to date. Overall, 3,285 new participants registered for the online communitywide health and wellness initiative, which ran from April 24 through June 4. The series of six-week challenges – which started in the

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