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Phil Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, and Scott Scanlon, WNY Refresh editor with The Buffalo News, will lead a free community discussion this week titled “What Is Community Wellness?” The talk is part of a continuing series of gatherings called “Imagine a Healthy, Wealthy and Sustainable Community.” It starts at 12:30 p.m. Tues…

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Getting in better shape is an investment of both time and money. Fortunately, many of WNY’s most unique fitness studios are willing to offer free or deeply discounted classes for newcomers looking to try the workout before making a long-term commitment. Our rundown, here. Barre Centric Clarence, East Aurora and downtown Buffalo The skinny: First class is free …

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With any home improvement project, people want the most bang for their buck. But the needs and wants of a couple in their 50s might be completely different than their needs at 70 or 80. Because of this—and the large boomer group that’s come of age (and is renovating!)—home designers have coined a new term: aging in place. The design trend encompasses construction elemen…

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Two local entrepreneurs have come up with ways to help empower people as they plan for the next stages of their lives. Kohota, a retirement lifestyle planning website and the Final Path, a service that offers legacy planning and end of life consulting, both aim to create a more positive narrative about aging. Free service Kohota helps people develop a customized retirem…

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The digital clock on the nightstand reads 3:45 as the alarm pierces the early morning darkness. Marc Croteau, a graphic designer by trade and a fitness guru by passion, drops his feet to the floor and rises from bed. His wife and daughter, and the entire neighborhood, for that matter, are deep asleep. For Croteau, a former competitive bodybuilder, fitness is second nature …

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Self-care, the “practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s self,” is by definition vague and subjective. And that’s nothing against the Oxford Living Dictionary. Dr. Lisa Butler, associate professor at the University at Buffalo, who recently published “Six domains of self-care: attending to the whole person,” assured me that self-care is a very individual pursu…

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Locals have lots of Buffalo pride, but it’s no secret that we all get a little sick of long winters. When cabin fever sets in, it’s important to find something to do—whether by embracing a cold, snowy day or escaping it with a novel activity. Here are some suggestions. Escape: Climb the walls This winter you can warm up while trying a new kind of workout at the Niagara C…

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One of the last things people want to hear during the holidays is that they need to lose weight and exercise more. Still, there are several steps you can take to maintain weight, boost your energy during the coming weeks, and start or continue habits that will help you start the new year right. “I try to counsel people if they’re overweight to change their habits just a…

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Below is a list of common questions about the influenza vaccine. Answers were provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Thomas Russo, professor and chief of infectious diseases in the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Dr. Richard Vienne, Univera Healthcare vice president and chief medical officer; and …

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Nowhere is the phrase “A little goes a long way” more fitting than when it comes to volunteering. Acts big and small can make a huge difference, and there’s no reason to think you don’t have enough bandwidth. Whether you’re a retiree with newfound free time or a busy working mom trying to juggle career and family, there’s a volunteer opportunity that fits your lifestyle—an…

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One of the best parts of living here? From even the deepest part of downtown Buffalo, you can find yourself surrounded by trees — and immersed in nature — in less than a half hour. And what better way to enjoy all the outdoors has to offer year-round than by going camping. So if you have a hankering to get outside in the Buffalo area, here are a four of the best campgro…

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“Calm is a super power,” Rachna Clerci, Rainbow Kids-certified yoga teacher, tells her students in the yurt — a tall, traditional tent originating from Central Asia. Located at Healing Waters Center for Yoga in East Aurora, the yurt roots in a lush green nature reserve, surrounded by wildflowers and the rushing waters of Cazenovia Creek. Mini yogis (“yoginis”) stand ins…

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When a bunch of strangers sit down to spend an afternoon together, certain topics of conversation are typically verboten — like politics and death. But for one group in Buffalo, the latter is the whole reason for gathering. Death Café Buffalo, the new, local affiliate of an international movement with chapters in 56 countries, is a discussion group where people get toge…

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There’s “baby & me” swimming, where the little one gets to paddle and kick while dad stands still and provides buoyancy. Soccer and softball usually mean kids running around and parents parked in the bleachers. On family bike rides, tiny legs tire much faster than mom’s. One look at even the most athletic clan’s choice of family activity usually leaves the kids sweaty …

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Emily works hard in school, loves her dog and plays soccer year-round. She participates in church youth group and helps out around the house. Her parents trust her completely. But as the Wheatfield 13-year-old prepares to enter high school this year, Emily’s family approached a difficult crossroad that comes with raising a teenager: She wanted a smartphone, and access t…