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An inspiring weight loss story, a gem and mineral show at the Erie County Fairgrounds, and Saturday health fairs in Amherst and Orchard Park are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Spring into Health: Rachel Miller lost more than 120 pounds, became a holistic health coach and p…

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Motivational speaker Bob Kittell figures he’s talked to more than 5 million people around the world during his 30-year career, including more than 12,000 at then-First Niagara Center a few years back as part of a national Get Motivated Tour that included Colin Powell, Rudy Guilliani and Terry Bradshaw. That didn’t impress a junior high student three years ago who logged…

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Tony Ferro says he should be in a wheelchair. He worked in the family pizza business after knee and ankle injuries and several concussions, derailed a prospective football career while he was in prep school. He added more than 100 pounds to his already large frame afterward. His health began to fail a decade ago and he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012…

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GObike Buffalo announced Thursday that its fifth annual Skyride will include routes to celebrate past and future bicycling in the region. The ride will take place the morning of May 20 and include a pedal over the 110-foot-high Skyway and on parts of the Kensington and Scajaquada expressways. It also will include portions of Niagara Street, future home to the city’s fir…

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It looks like lots more Western New Yorkers need to put down their pizza and wings and pick up a pair of exercise shoes. Major upgrades on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and improvements overall in regional medical care have yet to translate into improved health outcomes in Western New York, according to two major national reports released this week. Half of the …

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Outdoor skating season will draw to a close this week. This is the last week of outdoor public skating at The Ice at Canalside, as well as at the Healthy Zone Rink in East Aurora. Skating, a free yoga class and a presentation about how to plant more native plants in your yard or garden are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutriti…

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The Western New York Land Conservancy will bring award-winning author Doug Tallamy to Western New York this week to talk about the critical importance of native plants for the ecology and vibrancy of the region. “A Case for Native Plants” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. The event is free but space is limited, so those …

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) will offer a series of free, intensive parenting programs through the rest of this year with help from a grant received from the Peter C. Cornell Trust through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The sessions are interactive, engaging and led by a trained facilitator. Group discussions, which are confidential, focus on a…

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GObike Buffalo says registration is open for the Skyride on May 20. Participants will enjoy a bicycle ride along the waterfront, including a ride over the 100-foot-high Skyway. A festival will follow with food, entertainment and biking information. Cost is $20 for those ages 14 to 20 and $35 for those 21 and over if you register by Thursday. For more informatio…

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The Erie County Department of Health is partnering with Tops Markets this month, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, to promote awareness. A dozen Tops markets in Erie County will provide the InSure FIT test kit to eligible adults 50 to 75 years old to aid in early colon cancer detection. The kit provides a sample collection method to use at home as a cost-effec…

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What does someone do professionally after she graduates from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in biology and a side focus in filmmaking? Tamara Dawli parlayed that education into a career as a plastic surgeon. "I've always been into photography and art," said Dr. Dawli, a Nardin Academy high school graduate who grew up in the Buffalo Parkside neighborhood and …

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Workers and visitors in the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus have a new healthy dining option – The Byte Wholesome Foods to Go vending machine. Chicken and veggie Buddha Bowls, salads and snacks, and drinkable yogurt, Blackman Farm juices and Bootleg Bucha are among the staples in the refrigerated food purveyor, installed late last month as part o…

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The 1-acre Common Roots Urban Farm in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood sells full and half shares of its fruits and vegetables during the growing season. The 500-acre Porter Farm in Genesee County does, as well, only in a sales and distribution region that stretches from Rochester to Buffalo and toward the Southern Tier. Farmers & Artisans Market in Snyder work…

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The daughters of Buffalo Bills and Sabres owners Kim and Terry Pegula have opened their second café in a spot where healthful eating matters a lot: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Healthy Scratch grab-and-go café – in the Scott Bieler Clinical Science Center lobby at Carlton Street and Michigan Avenue – will serve Roswell Park patients, staff, visitors and…

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Watch Irish dancing or learn to polka. Get a discount if you join the YMCA. Attend a forum inspired by the #MeToo movement. These 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 Pay the Day March membership promotion: Join any YMCA Buffalo Niagara branch this month and the join fee…