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Cheektowaga fitness trainer Shannon L. Hockwater in the coming weeks will offer cardio-strength classes for adults and an adaptive fitness program for those aged 12 to 21. The adult summer group fitness class will run from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. through July on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Academic and Wellness Center on the Damen College, at Main Street and Amherstdale Roa…

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Slow Roll in Buffalo and as part of the Ride for Roswell, Zumba at Sunset Beach, and lots of outdoor classes across the region are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Towne blood drive: The Towne auto dealers plan several blood drives in coming weeks including one from noon…

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Those who work in the social safety net that serves older adults are familiar with the statistics when it comes to elder abuse. A 2011 study estimated that 260,000 older adults in New York State are victimized each year. The state Office of Child and Family Services released a study in 2016 which estimated that financial exploitation of older state residents costs …

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Free fitness classes are underway across the region, Slow Roll Buffalo plans two bike rides, and runners have race options this week in Western New York. These are among the Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Biking enthusiasts can ride twice this week with Slow Roll,…

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Davielle Jackson came to Buffalo with big dreams. The Marksville, La., native arrived in recent months, unaccustomed to the climate but intrigued about whether the annual 43North entrepreneurial competition could help put her feminine hygiene business – which almost took the Southeastern U.S. by storm three years ago – back on track. "At one point, I was in my wareho…

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The new leader of the Medical Society of the State of New York grew up in a family of pharmacists in Buffalo. His grandfather and father owned pharmacies on the West Side. His mother, a sister and a couple of cousins worked in the profession, too. “I think it’s been helpful in terms of practicing as a physician,” said Dr. Thomas J. Madejski, who graduated from the Un…

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Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan, commissioner of the state Office of Mental Health, formally opened the new $1.5 million Zoar Valley Clinic on Wednesday in Gowanda. The 9,500-square-foot mental health clinic, at , 49 S. Water St., replaces a temporary nearby clinic that was half its size. “The new, updated Zoar Valley Clinic is a spacious, modern facility in a more convenient…

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Lauren Walier pushed through the challenges of cerebral palsy to learn to walk, ballroom dance and start her own nonprofit. She isn’t about to let a recent health setback keep her from the fifth annual Walk/Run/Roll in Lauren’s Shoes on the Buffalo Outer Harbor this weekend. “Hopefully, it will bring some positive energy and good vibes,” the 20-year-old Walier said d…

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Slow Rolls on the waterfront and Tonawanda, a Superhero run and walk in Delaware Park, and a 5K in Alden are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Memorial Day on the waterfront: The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park will be the place to be today. The park is op…

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Outdoor fitness classes, health-related author talks and healthy food truck options have become popular fare as Larkin Square has ramped up its wellness offerings during the last six years. Visitors welcome better weather with free use of Hula-Hoops, pickleball courts and a mini-golf course in the revitalized neighborhood several blocks east of downtown. Larkin Square l…

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Concern over the growing threat of tick-borne illnesses has prompted state leaders to announce a new, aggressive tick control plan and hold a Lyme disease summit this summer. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced plans  to raise awareness about the dangers of these diseases, particularly among hunters and hikers – two groups most likely to encounter ticks – and reduce tick n…

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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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HEAL Bflo co-founders Cheryl Erbacher and Jocelyn Kowalczyk have seen the powerful connections yoga can forge as they've organized a series of community wellness events during the last four years. Two visits by Dan Nevins stand out. Nevins lost both his legs to an improvised explosive device nearly 14 years ago in Iraq. He reluctantly tried Baptiste yoga four years ago,…

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Anne Walters quit nursing school the day her first patient handed her a pair of just-used dentures. It was enough to make her realize that the human condition presents itself in all of its forms when people are vulnerable and feel lousy. She wasn't up for that – yet still told her youngest daughter to pursue a nursing career. "My mom wanted me to be a nurse so I w…

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Joe and Doris Duffey, both 92, don't get around as well as they used to. "It could be old age – too many miles on the car," Joe Duffey said with a smile last week. He and his wife both struggle with knee osteoarthritis. He uses a cane because his arthritis has weakened his left knee; she sometimes gets pain in both of hers. The Williamsville couple was among 170 p…