WELLNESS INSTITUE SET 50 MILLION STEP GOAL FOR 2017 !! Wiil aslo strive to improve community walkability !
To positivly and sustainably impact our community's health . environment and economy the nonprofit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and its many community partners have set a community wide physical activity goal of achieving 50 Million Steps walked/rolled in 2017 among all age groups in the BUFALO NIAGARA REGION ! With a primary focus on leading and promoting community walks and improving WALKABILITY The Institue will track and report quarterly the number of steps taken by participants in the walks that the Institute, its affiliates, community partners and friends achieve in 2017. In addition the Wellness Instiute Staff and partners will be available to comminities to train them on policy and built environment actions they can take to enhance community WAKABILITY. Wellness Institute Executive Director Phil Haberstro noted "The 50 Million+ Steps initiative,while having merit on its own, supports other community initiatves like the Erie County Department of Health"s cardiovascular health improving MILLION HEARTS CAMPAIGN ,the upcoming P2 Regional Walking initiative; IHA /BILLS Community HEALTH AND WELLNESS CHALLENGE and a wide range of community walks/runs that the Institute either leads , is a partner or supporter of. Phil added"The strategic path to a healthier community population is built on a foundation ofsustainable inter-sector and inter-disciplinary collaboration and a comprehensive approach to community culture support."
Leading the collaborative way is "Explore Buffalo", an Affiliate of the nonprofit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. Explore Buffalo provides walking, biking and kayaking opportunities to discover Greater Buffalo's great architecture, history, and neighborhoods. Their mission is accomplished by providing guidance and encouragement to participants to develop their interest and skills in educating others on these valuable assets. Children are also offered the opportunity to learn about the history of Buffalo and their role in the future while offering health enhancing, social capital building, and environmentally friendly activities.
Explore Buffalo Executive Director Brad Hahn noted, "Adding up all of the people who have taken an Explore Buffalo walking tour in 2016 - currently about 17,000 - and multiplying it by an average of 3,000 steps per tour, we are currently contribiting over 36 MILLION steps! Our popular education and inspirational"WALKS" are real evidence of a community becoming healthier not only physically, but also socially, as people on our tours gain a greater appreciation of all that Buffalo Niagara has to offer."
Buffalo Bills and Independent Health announce 2016 Health and Wellness Challenge!
Independent Health ,the Buffalo Bills and Community partners(including The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo) are teaming up to give our community extra incentive to be healthier. Join the Fall 2016 Health & Wellness Challenge and be healthier while earning points towards exciting prizes by making healthy choices! You'll have a chance to win great prizes by enrolling in the free on-line SPRING 2016 Community Challenge. The Challenge starts in SEPTEMBER and runs through November 2016. ON Line Registration is open NOW~ Visit www.BuffaloBills.com/challenge
Participants will earn points by meeting three weekly wellness enhancing goals:
Work your way to: Being physically active three times a week for at least 30 minutes each session, Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, and drink eight glasses of water each day. You can also complete one daily Challenge for additional points to gain more chances to win. Each Challenge integrates health tips that help you learn about fitness and nutrition, to stay healthy even after the Community Challenge is completed.
You'll receive daily emails as a reminder to log in and learn about each daily Challenge. Weekly prizes include Bills items or game tickets, with the grand prize being awarded for the Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 Challenge
Phil Haberstro, Executive Director of the Wellness Institute, is serving on the Community Advisory Committee for The Challenge and especially encourages Workplace wellness programs to be part of the Challenge
Sign up today at www.BuffaloBills.com/TheChallenge NewsFlash OVER 10,000 people have signed up for the Challenge in the past! -Registration is OPEN to all adults! Join the team for better health!!