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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

In the days of disco, the Village People struck gold with their farcical twist on what it means to be “manly.” Costumed as a cowboy, a police officer, a construction worker and a seaman, they sang “macho, macho man”…and we ate it up. Times have changed. Just as we now have more women among the ranks of police officers, construction workers and the enlisted, the list…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Growing up on Buffalo’s East Side, Alexander Wright remembers being sent to get groceries. “My mom would give me $5 and a list, and, at around 12 years old, I became aware of food prices and money worries,” he said. As a big kid living in tough neighborhoods, he had to fight to defend himself. Then, through the Buffalo Prep program — because he was economically disad…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

We asked a handful of local food fanatics who are nuts about nutrition to share their views on healthy food choices, including go-to staples, misconceptions and tricks to make better eating easier than a walk in the park. Meet our fit five and see what they have to say. Steven Procknal Procknal is a Baptiste Certified yoga instructor and co-leader of the November Project…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

New York State is full of natural wonder and beautiful scenery, and one of the best ways to enjoy the splendor is to immerse yourself in it. A hike in a beautiful place is one of the best ways to spend a summer day with your family. Western New York is dotted with dozens of parks, each with their own trail systems waiting to be explored — so consider these hikes as a go…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

I learn so much about life (and myself) through my experiences with other people. My romantic relationships, especially, have helped shape my opinions, expose me to experiences and give me a chance to gain another perspective. All relationships have value. How can I call my previous marriage a failure when it brought me my beautiful son? I feel blessed to be co-paren…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Just months after the groundbreaking of the $6-million facility on Niagara Street, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network CEO Dr. Raul Vazquez seems pleased with the success doctors, nurses, specialists and care coordinators are having at touching the lives of patients who otherwise might fall between the cracks, lost to addiction or disease. The approxim…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Erika Brason once connected with Western New York from the reporting field and the anchor desk at WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) and WIVB-TV (Channel 4). She’s now capturing Buffalo’s attention by offering a cycling experience in a studio filled with colored lights, dance music and instructors who know how to ensure participants use the provided hand towel to soak up sweat. Thi…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

An energetic life force fills Marina Mukandala. When she teaches Baptiste style yoga at Mind Body Flow, her small East Amherst studio, she evokes a blend of cheerleader, life coach and preacher. Her clear voice encourages students by name (even first-timers); she includes everyone in her uplifting patter, exhorting, “Yes, yogi!” Mukandala lives and breathes the themes o…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Ask around and you’ll notice a generally held assumption: The money habits of younger generations (like so many other things) must differ drastically from the older ones. We’re not talking what we choose to spend that money on…that’s another well-covered topic…but simply how we decide to complete the transaction. Cash or card — credit or debit — write a check or open an ap…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

How much would you pay to have your clothes not feel like sausage casings? For a firm butt and belly capable of rocking nearly any outfit? For the strength to make everyday tasks easier? For the doctor to say you don’t need your meds anymore? Are those things worth $10 — or $300? Western New York, a region that had just a handful of gyms not so long ago, now boasts hund…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

College is a time of big changes, growth and challenges for young people and their families. The application process to get there can be just as challenging as college itself. Current college freshmen and parents have plenty to say about what they’re glad they did — or wish they’d done differently — when it came to college applications. The Common App is your friend R…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

A college degree offers many advantages: More career options and opportunities, greater job security and the ability to earn more money in your lifetime. According to the office of New York Governor Andrew W. Cuomo, 3.5 million New York State jobs will require an Associate’s degree or higher by 2024 — that’s roughly 420,000 more jobs than in 2014. A college degree, however…

Health and Fitness

Doing laundry may not be one of your favorite chores, but it is one of the simplest ways to help prevent cold and flu. Both illnesses are more common in the winter months – and part of the problem may be traced back to your outer winter garments that can harbor microbes. “People tend to not wash things like winter coats or gloves much during the winter,” Dr. James F.…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Is there a secret to a long, successful marriage? We set out to find answers from a range of local people with expertise — either as professionals or practitioners, like David and Irene Sipos. After 45 years of marriage, said David Sipos, one thing you do realize is that nothing is forever….and that can reframe your outlook. “I’m more aware of the fragility of our…