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By Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor A lower percentage of African-American women get breast cancer than women who are white, but a higher percentage of those who contract the disease die from it. Black women are less likely to take advantage of mammograms and breast cancer detection practices, and are slower to reach out for health care when abnormal results are disc…

Spin your wheels on Saturday morning for a good cause – and get some fresh air to boot. The Buffalo Athletic Club at the Colvin-Eggert location in the Town of Tonawanda will host an outdoor spinning class from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The BAC is accepting $10 per bike per hour for the event – and yes, men may attend even though th…

Kathy Kubiak-McAlpine and her work as food service manager at Kenmore-Mercy Hospital will be featured Saturday in WNY Refresh. As an entree, here’s a taste of how she eats: "I eat breakfast and lunch at the hospital every day," she told me. "For breakfast, I stick with my oatmeals and a piece of turkey sausage, the fruited yogurts. For lunch, I stick t…

Armando Gutierrez, 28, in his first season as strength and conditioning coach for the Buffalo Bisons, spent part of an afternoon late last month meeting with young people who share something in common with him: Type 1 diabetes. He found out at 17 that he would need insulin shots, and to watch his blood sugar levels very carefully, for the rest of his life, and he shared w…

It was a pleasure talking with Dr. Andrew Symons, a University of Buffalo professor who practices in Tonawanda and lives in Williamsville, for tomorrow’s In the Field feature that will be published in WNY Refresh. I could tell by his interesting background and passion for his work – we talked by phone for more than an hour – he is very deserving of the honor, which he wil…

Buffalo finds itself in the middle of the pack in the latest ranking of community fitness status among the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The American College of Sport Medicine’s American Fitness Index places the Western New York region 23rd, just behind Atlanta and Providence, R.I., and just ahead of New York City and Philadelphia. "Buffalo come…

While reporting the story in today’s Buffalo News on how the Seneca Nation of Indians is addressing diabetes among its people, I also found the following information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health that wasworth sharing: • More than 80 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight. • People who are overweight are more…

Has survival of the fittest food plants raised the prospect that a bacterial pestilence could ruin the world’s food supply? Maybe, according to a story in National Geographic published in the summer of 2011. Here’s one of the striking paragraphs in the story: "Most of us in the well-fed world give little thought to where our food comes from or how it’s grown. We stee…

Has survival of the fittest food plants raised the prospect that a bacterial pestilence could ruin the world’s food supply? Maybe, according to a story in National Geographic published in the summer of 2011. Here’s one of the striking paragraphs in the story: "Most of us in the well-fed world give little thought to where our food comes from or how it’s grown. We stee…

Allen James wasn’t surprised to learn about a new study that suggests brisk walking likely has more benefits than running. He’s seen those results play out on the world’s biggest athletic stage. James, 49, of Sanborn, competed as an Olympic racewalker in 1992 in Barcelona and four years later in Atlanta. See how he did, and what he eats, today in WNY Refresh. "The av…

Jared Callahan, who just started his new business, City of Light Fitness, at Canalside, is thinking about a lot more than a stand-up paddle boarding gig along the Buffalo River. That’s just a launching point for much bigger ideas the 28-year-old Amherst native has been hatching during the sleepy winter months. He’s met with Robert G. Shibley, the dean of the University a…

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By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorJared Callahan took the long way home, and now that he’s back in Western New York he plans to make his mark in his favorite spot – on the water – as he tries to improve the region’s health and make us more attuned to the environment.Callahan, 28, a Sweet Home High School alum who lives in the city, is the latest entrepreneur at Canalside. His …

Highland Hose volunteer firefighter Jean Cosenza, of Derby, was badly burned in a grease fire in 2010. She spent a week in the burn unit at Erie County Medical Center and five more weeks convalescing at home with the daily help of a home care nurse. "As a counselor, I knew the importance of seeking  support after such a traumatic event," she said. "The…

If you live on Grand Island, have $20 in your pocket and want to plant a garden with some of your neighbors this spring, the new Grand Island Community Garden program is just the spot for you. The project, undertaken with help from the nonprofit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, still has plots available at a 6-acre site at Ransom and Stoney Point roads. Volunteer ga…

Susannah Barton, the executive director of Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo, is the subject of our In the field feature in today’s WNY Refresh section in The Buffalo News. Along with the questions that appear in the feature, I asked her other questions about the nuts and bolts of how the nonprofit helps community gardeners in the City of Buffalo. Below are excerpts: So how …