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Health and wellnessRockin’ the Park: Free outdoor concert featuring The Soul Committee, 6 p.m. Monday, Memorial Medical Center’s Schoellkopf Park, Pine Avenue and Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Food and beverages available. For info, call 278-4570.Prostate support: The US TOO! Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in Room 301 at the…

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By Scott ScanlonRefresh EditorRachel Sunley turned her University at Buffalo master’s project into a business that has many Western New York brides smiling these days as they walk down the aisle.“I wrote my master’s thesis on weight loss maintenance because I was fascinated by the idea that most Americans can lose weight successfully, but half of them gain it back in six m…

What’s the best exercise you can do? I always ask that when I’m speaking.If it’s a college audience, they say running (and then some laugh and say sex). For the more mature audience, the answer also is running, with a smattering of other answers: swimming, spinning, yoga, Pilates and, lately, Zumba.You name it, someone’s doing it and claiming it’s the next best thing. So I…

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Two portraits of Donald A. Alessi Jr. emerged Friday, one day after the well-known exercise guru was charged by state police with spiking an energy drink with a date-rape drug and giving it to a college intern working at his family’s Clarence fitness center.Those close to him say Alessi, 44, of Orchard Park, would never endanger a young woman. Alessi resigned from Alessi P…

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Congress has taken an interest in a doctor-payment model for Medicare, pioneered here by Independent Health, designed to control the growth of health care costs while improving quality of care. Dr. Thomas J. Foels, Independent Health’s chief medical officer, recently testified before a House subcommittee in Washington on new ways to pay doctors under Medicare. Foels talked…

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By Scott ScanlonREFRESH EDITORRain washed out much of your outdoor spring exercise plan and you spent what nice days we’ve had in Western New York this spring juggling landscaping, gardening and outdoor dining feasts.Now, your cousin’s kid is about to get married and you’d better be there for all your family to see. It doesn’t matter that you’re several pounds heavier than…

Higher intake of fruits, veggies boosts happinessConsumers reported feeling more positive, calmer and more energetic on days that they consumed a high intake of fruits and vegetables, compared with days that they had a lower intake, according to New Zealand researchers.Based on analysis of the food diaries of 281 young adults participating in the study for 21 days, researc…

The Road 2 Recovery 5K Mental Health Run and Wellness Walk – A Superhero Run! starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. George Catholic Church and Delaware Park.The only race/walk in Western New York dedicated to mental health awareness will be hosted by Compeer of Greater Buffalo and the Mental Health Association of Erie County. The organizations, along with the mental health ass…

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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…