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Dr. Anthony J. Billittier IV, former Erie County health commissioner, will become the new executive vice president and chief medical officer with Independent Health. Billittier will provide clinical leadership for the region’s second-largest insurer, and set the tone for programs that help employers and members better manage health and wellness. He starts June 10, and r…

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Nearly one of every $5 spent in the United States goes to health care. That's almost $10,000 per person annually, roughly $2,000 more than second-place Switzerland and twice that of Canada. Despite that spending, the U.S. generally lands at, or near, the bottom of health outcomes for its citizens when the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health releases ranki…

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The Independent Health Foundation Kids Run will be held rain or shine at 9 a.m. June 1 in Delaware Park. The 31st annual free event will include a mini-dash for children ages 2 to 5 and a 1.8-mile family run/walk for all ages. A diaper derby will be held for all babies who crawl. Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics, the Buffalo Soccer Club and several health and wellnes…

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A Hamburg native who has made a name for himself on the West Coast with an online company that helps users make better eating choices has joined forces with Independent Health to bring the technology to Western New York. Zipongo uses artificial intelligence to provide nutritional coaching, meal planning and other tools that make it easier to select, purchase and prepare…

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Independent Health's Fitness in the Parks classes close out the summer season this week. Meanwhile, Canalside outdoor classes – presented by BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York – will stretch into Labor Day weekend. All of these classes are free and all are welcome to participate. Below is a complete listing of remaining classes. * Independent Health classes…

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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…