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Two holistic health businesses have joined forces on the tranquil grounds of a former estate just outside East Aurora, with designs to add more offerings to patients and clients. Creative Wellness – which for 2 1/2 years focused on yoga, meditation and nutrition at Main and Pine streets in the village – has folded into Cardea Health Integrative, a former Cheektowaga-bas…

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Bill Myka enjoys polka dancing, chopping wood and tinkering around the house, but at 85, he wishes his balance was a bit better. He fears falling. High-intensity interval training has improved his confidence the last several months. Myka – who served from 1957 to 1959 in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Infantry Division – is among a small number of veterans who are st…

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Amy Bueme brings loads of energy to her workouts. The co-owner of Catalyst Fitness brings an even greater level of enthusiasm to her fitness centers, as the seventh location in the regional chain will soon attest. She and her husband, Joe, next month will open their largest Catalyst yet, this one at 281 Meyer Road in Amherst, in a former Dick’s Sporting Goods store a…

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The University at Buffalo Center for Successful Aging recommends considering a BURST approach to fitness for the holidays. Be safe Avoid injury because it can reverse months of gains. Listen to your body. When something doesn’t feel right, stop. Get help when lifting heavy objects. Build in rest days. Know risks of your fitness and have a plan if something go…

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The owners of a thriving fitness center along Transit Road are about to breathe new life into the former Eastern Hills Mall location of the Buffalo Athletic Club. Jada Blitz Fitness owners Justin and Ashley Draper are putting the finishing touches on a major renovation of the club, which closed five years ago after the L.A. Fitness chain bought four co-ed BAC facilities…

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“We need to ground down in winter,” with warm, hearty but healthy foods that bow to the season, says Jessica Mascle, owner of Root and Rise Yoga and Ayurveda. We can also use a pick-me-up to get us going in the morning, which is why Mascle shared the following three recipes to reflect her seasonal eating philosophy for this time of year. Fresh Squeezed Juice  4 na…

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Jessica Mascle likes to throw one more ingredient into the mix of mind, body and spirit that many embrace with their holistic approach to good health. Nature. What does that mean as we slip into holiday season in Western New York? “The best word I can use to describe the energy outside is frenetic,” Mascle said. “It's kind of a wild energy out there when the wind …

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Gina Barrett started taking yoga classes 16 years ago after an overuse injury plagued her right leg. “I couldn’t run any longer,” said Barrett, a former school teacher who parlayed her challenge into a yoga career. She taught at studios in the Elmwood Village and Williamsville until opening her own seven years ago in the Village of Hamburg, in a former Blockbuster video…

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Dee Downer started donating blood in high school. “I like helping people and I wanted a way to do it,” said Downer, a health and human services major from Newburgh in her senior year at the University at Buffalo. The 21-year-old student found a slightly different way to fulfill that mission this year – and get paid. A friend told her about CSL Plasma, a private compa…

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Peggy Sullivan had the blessing – as well as the curse – of holding top jobs in the development and health insurance fields for nearly four decades. Good pay, professional respect (mostly), great challenges. Long hours, overwhelming demands at work at home (too often), and way too much business travel. “It would not be unusual for me to leave at 7 in the morning and …

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Mark Mortenson and his husband, Curt Maranto, have adopted five foster kids from broken families and are in the process of adopting a sixth. Despite the love they have given, they continue to ask themselves if they could have done more for their second-oldest son, who died by suicide nearly 18 months ago. “Obviously, as a person who loses a child, you always want to kno…

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Mobile and farmers markets are among the cream of the crop when it comes to increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in low-income communities. Opening supermarkets, however, has not been shown to have much of an effect in that regard, according to new research from the University at Buffalo. UB researchers reviewed literature of studies conducted on new mobile produc…

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Children in the 21st century spend free time a lot differently than Dave Bauer did in the 1960s, “when your parents let you out the door and they let you play in your neighborhood.” Society has changed a lot for kids during the last half-century, including a growing reliance on organized sports and a growing dependence on computer technology. Bauer, 68, a retired ear…

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Lauren Walier has weathered a series of surgeries during the last two years to keep her airway open wide enough to allow her to breathe, while also protecting her vocal cords. Many of those with cerebral palsy are unable to speak, so the 21-year-old with strong ties to the region considers herself blessed to do so as she advocates across the globe for those with the gro…

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Four in 10 upstate New York adults are not getting enough sleep – and the time change this weekend from daylight saving to standard time may compound that challenge. “Turning our clocks forward each March and turning them back each November disrupts our body’s natural 24-hour cycle, or circadian rhythm,” said Dr. Richard Vienne, vice president and chief medical officer …