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Here are three important reasons why public health leaders in the region decided to launch a new regional walking effort, starting with a first annual Walkability Summit next week: • The annual cost of health care runs about $2,500 less for someone who is physically active compared to someone insufficiently active. • The Buffalo Niagara metro area ranked 151 out of 1…

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Buffalo is a leading contender to host the 2019 National Walking Summit, organized by a national nonprofit group that has advocated walking and walkable communities throughout the United States for two decades. Washington, D.C., hosted the first two biannual summits, and St. Paul, Minn., hosted the last one, in 2017. M. Katharine Kraft, executive director of America …

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WNY Refresh and the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo will kick off the institute’s outdoor Walking to Wellness season on Wednesday at The Buffalo News. Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon and Wellness Institute Executive Director Phil Haberstro will lead the walk. The event will begin with a wellness fair at 11 a.m. inside the lobby of The News, at One News Plaza, alon…

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A national leader in the community walkability effort will join Western New York public health leaders next weekend for the second Building a Healthy Buffalo and WNY. The event, hosted by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and community partners, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 3, in the parish hall at St. Teresa Catholic Church, 1974 Seneca…

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The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo announced those participating in its “Walking to Wellness” initiative last year surpassed the goal of achieving 50 million steps. Organized walks took place in shopping malls and parks, on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and downtown. Wellness Institute partner Explore Buffalo led the way, contributing 39 million steps towar…

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South Buffalo enthusiasts who gather this weekend for The Partners for a Livable Western New York Walk will do so along a thoroughfare remarkably made over since the last such walk two years ago. "Back then, we were focusing on the problem properties and some things that could be done on different points of the street," said Marc Pasquale, president of the nonprofit Sou…