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With the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” playing through the speakers, a small group moved and grooved freely, at ease and in time with the music. “Hip, hip, hip,” an instructor called out. The 15 or so dancers followed the directives, twisting their hips and waving their arms in the air. “This is so free-spirited, it’s like you’re on the wind,” said Toni Vandyke, 67, a…

I recently ran across this story by Blue Ridge Press and wanted to share: By Jude Isabella These days suburbia is pretty much synonymous with what’s wrong with America: sprawl, obesity, dependence on the car culture. Scratch that. The 21st century suburbs could be society’s savior. With their green landscapes and open spaces, the suburbs are a perfect place for a cultural…

Epic SpinYasa Black & White Party on Monday will include half-hour spinning and yoga classes. The free spinning classes will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and yoga classes will go from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Hive Lifespan Center, 9570 Transit Road, between Casey and North French roads, East Amherst. Hosts will include Hive trainers, staff from the Buffalo Showroom and guest ins…

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Mike Fago is one unlucky guy. He also is an impossibly lucky one. Born into a family with a history of kidney failure, he fell victim to his genetic heritage when, in November 2011, both of his kidneys shut down. Every other day for 10 months, doctors siphoned 7 pints of blood out of his left arm and into a dialysis machine to perform the vital function his own kidneys cou…

For many years, hormone replacement therapy was standard practice for women with premenopausal symptoms. But it fell out of favor after studies showed that women on these drugs were developing decreased vascular function and slight increases in the incidence of breast cancer, stroke and dementia. According to "Moods, Emotions and Aging," by Phyllis J. Bronson, a…

  Lamar Rice, 17, left, helps prepare food in the Growing Green Youth program with help from Margaret Wenger, MAP youth enterprise educator, and Sudanese-born Tong Mawien, 18, another Growing Green worker. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)   Tyler Manley and Margaret Wenger, leaders of Growing Green Works with the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP), among those fea…

The nonprofit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and its partners will soon start their fall “Eat Well Live Well Challenge,” an employee wellness program designed for Western New York employers and organizations to help promote healthier lifestyles.The program, provided by Wegmans, challenges participants to increase their physical activity and make good nutrition choic…

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When most of us hear that a friend or family member has needed a stent or angioplasty to clear a blocked blood vessel, it usually has involved a place near the heart, or maybe in the head. But there is merit to clearing blocked and restricted vessels in other parts of the body, as well – and the Gates Vascular Institute on the Buffalo Medical Corridor is among the place…

What should you and your family make time to do before school begins?Parent advice from our panel of staff contributors:A guy I know takes his grade-school-age son and daughter out, and they walk the perimeter of local baseball diamonds, collecting lost baseballs. They walk beyond the outfield, through the high grasses in foul territory and look for balls early in the day …

Q. My 5-year-old is going to kindergarten soon and still sucks her thumb. We’ve tried everything to get her to stop, even a dental appliance, but she won’t give it up. Do you have a solution for us?A. Before I offer my best “solution,” let’s get a few facts out of the way. First, although thumb-sucking is a form of self-calming and certainly induces a feeling of security i…

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Research suggests that as you lose weight, your body lowers its energy needs. But physical activity and diet may help win the battle in the end.If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you probably know how frustrating it is to cut back on your calorie intake only to see no weight loss reflected on the bathroom scales. But there may be a good scientific explanation for this ph…

Any parent knows that having a healthy child, today and tomorrow, ranks at the very top of the wish list. And during pregnancy is where it all begins. The more we study the prenatal environment, the more we see how critical this period is.Having good prenatal care, avoiding smoking and alcohol, eating right and taking a prenatal vitamin are all things any good mom does to …

Getting up close and personal with Mother Nature yields big mind-body benefits. A walk in the park is a great lunchtime activity, but new reports reveal that even desk jockeys and folks with little time – or no great love for the great outdoors – can reap the rewards of a green environment with only a few plants around their workplace and in their home. But you can’t pack …

Eating a Mediterranean diet may lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and death from heart disease by up to 30 percent, according to a new, highly publicized study out of Spain recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine.When older adult participants (ages 55 to 80) were divided into one of three groups – Mediterranean diet with extra-virgin olive oil, Medi…

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Research suggests that eating plenty of vegetables may help you lower your risk for heart disease and get more fiber, nutrients and antioxidants in your diet. If you’re finding it difficult to get your daily servings of vegetables, try these tips to make eating more vegetables easy:1. Top proteins with sauteed vegetables: Instead of topping cooked fish (or meat or poultry)…