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Olin “Buddy” Campbell Jr. got introduced to the YMCA six decades ago, in a way still common today. He learned to swim there as a child. His introduction to work life at the Y was another matter. “When I turned 16, my parents gave me a month to get a job,” he said. He missed the deadline, so his mom found him work as busboy, a gig he hated so much that he turned…

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Brittney Gigante used to eat a bagel or breakfast sandwich in the morning and grab takeout most days for lunch and dinner. “I didn’t know how to order healthy options, nor did I want to; I was totally out of shape,” said Gigante, 25, who weighed 155 pounds after graduating from Daemen College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Gigante began …

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Looking for a gym to start the new year? Take time to choose the best gym for you and your family, and take a copy of the following list of questions as you visit potential options. Match your answers with what you see in various gyms in your goal to find the best fitness fit: WHAT ARE MY GOALS? Do I want to: _ Lose weight?  _ Build muscle?  _ Eat healthier?  _…

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Spend $27 on a Monday night yoga class at the Buffalo Bills practice facility and Pegula Sports & Entertainment will throw in a free ticket to a Bills home game. Impact Yoga will present Namastadium: Yoga in the Fieldhouse from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the ADPRO Sports Training Center in Orchard Park. Like Impact’s classes at HarborCenter on the Buffalo waterfront, the …

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Kirsten Moysich has become a leading advocate in Western New York for cancer patients. She's also a very good role model when it comes to healthy living. Moysich, professor of oncology and member of the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, focuses most of her research on the impact of exercise in cancer treatment. …

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Barre Centric will open its third dance fitness studio in the region this month – and start things off with a week of free classes. The 1,500-square-foot location, at 572 Main St., in East Aurora, will open with its first class at 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 9. For more information and class schedules, visit barrecentric.com. Co-owners Rachael Jarosz and Giavana de Zitter …

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A young widow who had to pick up the pieces of her life after her husband died from cancer. A lawyer who has successfully addressed depression. A couple with a son who has autism who opened two gyms so all children could embrace their playful sides together. These are among the hundreds of real stories, about real people in Western New York, that have been contain…

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The fastest-growing class at Glistening Sky Fitness & Wellness in Delevan used to be called Burlesque. "Some of my oldest son's friends' moms thought we were stripping," owner Tami George-Stevenson said. "You don't want your teenage son thinking that you're stripping, so we rebranded." George-Stevenson, the former health and wellness director at the Wyoming Count…

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Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

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Amy Bueme tends to hear lots of explanations during the holidays about why people have decided to shelve their fitness routines. There are too many family meals to prepare. There is not enough time, what with parties to attend, gifts to buy and kids to manage when they have days off from school. The stress of the holidays makes it too tiring to work out. These …

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Workouts aren’t just for weekends and times of year when you have time to hit the gym or log some miles. Workouts – even mini-ones – are something you should do throughout the week. “A ‘daily defender’ is someone who engages in physical activity every day in order to defend against chronic health conditions and musculoskeletal injuries,” said Dr. Bruce Naughton, Univ…

Dance

Farmers' markets – indoor and out – a kidney bean cookoff, and a seminar for breast cancer survivors that focuses on their relationships are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. x MONDAY Swing dancing. 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Polish Cade…

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You've probably seen them, those red bikes around Buffalo. They are locked up in neat rows with bright yellow locks. They are Reddy Bikes, sponsored by Independent Health and ready to roll, thanks to a local system called Reddy Bikeshare. They called to me. "But you have a bike!" my friends said. True. Over the years, though, I've had bikes stolen. I got flat t…

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More than 19,000 Western New Yorkers signed up for the spring Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge, making it the most successful challenge to date. Overall, 3,285 new participants registered for the online communitywide health and wellness initiative, which ran from April 24 through June 4. The series of six-week challenges – which st…