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Exercise on New Era Field, take a yoga class at the Botanical Gardens or hear a world-renown meditation expert in the region this week. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in Western New York. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Riders can start to gather at 5:30 p.m. for a 10-mile guided excursion …

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Yoga teacher in training Ashley Feneziani wasn't sure she was ready to lead her first class at Turning Point House, an addictions recovery center for men in the Southtowns. "When I go to yoga classes, it's usually me surrounded by a group of other women in Spandex pants," said Feneziani, a high school French teacher in the Williamsville school district. Turning Point…

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Marsha Tabb has worked for eight years as a substance abuse counselor but never disclosed that she was a recovering alcoholic to her employers, co-workers or clients until she became program manager for Clubhouse Buffalo last year. The Restoration Society operates the Clubhouse, a gathering place for those age 16 to 23 at risk for, or recovering from, addiction. The non…

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Brenda Simonson has taught a class called "Drugs and Society" for 15 years at Niagara County Community College. The opiate crisis has made the last few years the most challenging. Last semester, as the number of overdose deaths continued to alarm the region, Simonson decided to take a different tack with students in the course. She asked them to put together an inven…

Erie County

Chris Walsh was once a graphic designer. He worked at an archaeology company, in tech support with Apple, and for more than a decade in the banking industry. But Walsh, who dabbled in social drug use since his teens, fell into drug dependence in 2009, after he was given a 30-day supply of Lortabs following surgery on his arm. His opioid addiction killed his job prospect…

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Four people who battled addiction with help from the Total Freedom program –  which takes place on a working farm about 25 miles outside Buffalo – recently talked about how their lives have changed Each credited the structure, healthy practices and shared support the program provides – as well as the central role they say God has provided in their recovery. MAURY'S S…

Education

"Blink of an Eye," a short, locally produced film that underlines the dangers of drug addiction, has made headlines in recent months about whether real drugs were used in one of its scenes. Almost lost has been a 12-minute segment that traces the life, and death, of a teenage dancer who takes a prescription opioid to deal with pain in her knee, turns to illegal drugs to fe…

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Jessica Falco has never done anything like this in her life. There will be a gathering at 1 p.m. Thursday on Dunkirk's pier, followed by a walk to City Hall, where Falco will stand before the men and women in the crowd and explain why she asked them to come together. For years, she was frightened of speaking in front of groups. But she is calling the event "Not one more…