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Christina Walter doesn’t have time to eat badly, though she admits it’s hard to resist sweets. But you don’t get to be the second fastest high school girl in New York State by having a bunch of “cheat days” when it comes to eating.The 17-year-old Maple Grove High School student capped her junior year by running the 100-meter dash in 11.98 seconds earlier this month in the …

If my parents told me once, they told me at least 100 times, “Don’t talk to anyone about their religious or political beliefs.” They meant, of course, that those topics are likely to generate tension and angry conflict. Today, a third caution should be added to the list: parenting.In other words, don’t talk to anyone about how they are raising their children.Numerous peopl…

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Health and wellnessparkinson’s Support: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. For Parkinson’s Disease patients and their family members, friends and caregivers. This month’s meeting will be a potluck luncheon. Call Lynda at 478-5569 for more details.project runway: A new program to prevent and reduce substance abuse among …

Your 16-year-old still wants an allowance. You say he should get a job. Who’s right? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors):It depends on the job market, and what’s going on academically. When school was in session, my wife and I had a “schoolwork is your job” attitude. The boys got a modest allowance that could be supplemented by weekend chores and side jobs…

A preliminary study conducted at the University at Buffalo has found that although trained athletes derive performance benefits from caffeine, most sedentary or lightly active adults do not like exercise more – or perceive their exertion to be less – when given caffeine.What caffeine does do, according to the study, is make them exercise for longer periods, which could inc…

Cardinal O’Hara High School in Tonawanda looks to help address the obesity issue this summer by offering a “Girls on the Go Wellness Camp.” The camp starts July 8 and runs through Aug. 16 at the coed school, 39 O’Hara Road, which sees its mission in part to teach a healthy perspective on nutrition and fitness.“Obesity is a major health risk factor and the underlying cause …

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By Karen AnselEatingWell.comIf you’re tired of hearing diet advice to eat less, we have news you’re going to love.“By picking foods that are naturally lower in calories but larger in volume, you can eat a lot more food without worrying about what it will do to your waistline,” says Barbara Rolls, author of “The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet” (William Morrow, 2012).In fact, we …

Q. My kids love summer camp, but last year they came home with lice. We tried three different lice shampoos and special rinses, with limited success. It took us months of treating and re-treating to get rid of the bugs.It is almost time for my children to go off to camp this summer, and I am dreading the possibility that they will come home with lice again. Is there anythi…

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By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorJoanne E. Haefner is feeling pretty good these days.The Neighborhood Health Center executive director just oversaw a $1.5 million renovation of the nonprofit’s headquarters on Lawn Street in Riverside and has watched two other locations – the Mattina center on the West Side and the Southtowns OB/GYN center in Hamburg – help a growing number of…

Joanne Haefner, right, executive director of the Neighborhood Health Center, talks with Dr. Ferdinand Yates, center medical director, in their newly remodled digs on Lawn Street. New renovations have added clinical and staff space and included fresh coats of paint one staffer has described as "like being bathed in hot chocolate every day," (Sharon Cantillon/Buff…

By Marie McCulloughThe Philadelphia InquirerPHILADELPHIA — If you were unaware caffeine was creeping into foods until recently, when Wrigley was blasted for putting the stimulant in a new gum, here’s the latest buzz: The growing list of so-called energy foods includes such famous names as Frito-Lay’s Cracker Jack’D. There’s also Jelly Belly Extreme Sport Beans, Hershey’s I…

  Talk about feeling unwanted. When I started reporting today’s Refresh cover story – on the quest of helping the unprepared find a medical specialist – I got a small taste of what it’s like to feel like a stranger in a very impersonal land. Calls to doctor’s offices themselves were pretty similar. They started with a recorded voice. No, I wasn’t callin…

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By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorEileen Tramont chokes up when she talks about what new customers ask when they first come into her business, AuNaturel Boutique in Amherst.Most are women who recently had breast cancer surgery.“There is a confidence issue, being comfortable in your clothing,” Tramont says. “Many women come in here and say, ‘I don’t even want to look in the mir…

By Heidi StevensChicago TribuneYour 18-year-old texts you for help dozens of times per day. Is this the new normal?Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors):My wife and I were in a college admission meeting when one son – not the prospective candidate – repeatedly rang my wife’s cellphone until we finally picked up. “Where’s the butter?” he asked. In fewer words…

Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorDr. Michael D. Merrill, a primary care doctor in Batavia, explains a doctor visit this way:“Every 15 minutes, you have an hour of work to do. So it ends up being like working in fast food. And yet it has to be done for the public good, and it’s still a good job, as far as jobs go, so I’m not complaining – I’m just explaining. You have to see a ce…