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Walking to Wellness exceeds 2016 steps recorded goal! Sets 50 MILLION steps 2017 Goal
Buffalo, NY: In 2016, the nonprofit Wellness Institute and community partners established a goal of 40 million steps to be taken by citizens of the region throughout the year. By leading walks in Erie County parks, shopping malls, the Buffalo-Niagara Medical campus and downtown Buffalo, the Wellness Institute and community partners, once again achieved their goal. Wellness Institute affiliate Explore Buffalo led the way contributing 36 million steps to the community goal. Refresh Magazine, Visit Buffalo Niagara , the BNMC and the City B-WELL Program are among partners. (Additional partners always welcome.)
Wellness Institute Executive Director, Philip L. Haberstro noted: “In 2016 our “Walking to Wellness” initiative was recognized as a community best practice by the NYS Department of Health. Additionally, our staff member Sarah K. Martin was awarded an “America Walks” fellowship to strengthen our capability to improve walkability. Our Walking to Wellness 2017 goal of 50 MILLION STEPS will be announced in mid-February along with the Spring release of a new walkability assessment DVD and toolkit. We are working strategically to increase physical activity by improving community walkability,Bikability and trails.”
Wellness Institute improves health at East Side's Response to Love Center
The Response to Love Center serves some of the East Side of Buffalo's most underserved individuals. In 2014, the Wellness Institute's Wendy VanEvery lead a series of health and wellness-related initiatives there, in partnership with Wegmans, to improve the overall client experience and access to healthy living information.
Beginning with planning a community garden, Wendy worked to educate staff and participants at the Center on nutrition and a daily goal of Striving for 5 fruit and vegetable servings as part of Wegmans' community health program, the Eat Well, Live Well Challenge. The 8 week Challenge was next, as participants logged steps taken and fruit and veggie servings in a friendly competition intended to increase knowlege and change behaviors. Evaluations overwhelmingly revealed participant's excitement at learning new information and their plans to use what they've learned once the workshop ends.
Other workshops Wendy helped to facilitate included Canning, In Home Exercises, and Stress Managment, to name a few. Wendy built relationships with Response to Love Leadership and Staff, educating and supporting their efforts along the way to ensure that the information shared would be sustained long after the workshops and challenges ended.
In August, Wellness Institute Staff joined the team from Wegmans as the United Way Day of Caring took place on the Response to Love campus. Groundskeeping, painting, cleaning, and other improvements ensured that the Response to Love Center can focus on serving it's clients and participants in a Mission-focused way rather than on the daily details of keeping the building up.
For more information on how your organization might benefit from Wellness Institute programs or services, please call us 716-851-4052.
Wellness Institute and IgniteHealth Partner to Offer Employers Comprehensive Workplace Wellness Program
IgniteHealth Wellness Management ServicesTM, and the nonprofit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY announce a strategic partnership to serve Western New York employers, seeking successful comprehensive workplace wellness programs. Together IgniteHealth and the Wellness Institute offer a range of quality services designed to improve employee health and proactively manage health spending increases.
IgniteHealth provides on-site biometric screening, which includes the IgniteHealth Quotient Biometric Risk Score, as well as access to the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living online health risk assessment tool. Confidential counseling is provided to participants based on the immediate results of testing, allowing them to make informed choices about lifestyle changes to improve their personal health. Much of the investment in the confidential employee health screening may be covered by a number of area insurance companies.
The Wellness Institute’s highly experienced professional staff offer consultation on the formation and sustainability of high performing workplace wellness committees, strategies for the creation of a sustainable culture of wellness, and proven programs related to improved employee wellness; productivity and an organizational culture supportive of employee well-being. Program evaluation of interventions round out the Institute’s services to maximize the employer’s investment. This strategic year-round approach to enhancing health at work provides the employer with a comprehensive results-focused wellness program.
Employers from all sectors seeking more information about the IgniteHealth and Wellness Institute services should call the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo at (716) 851-4052.
IgniteHealth Wellness Management Services is an on-site customer-oriented biometric screening and health evaluation experience designed for mid-sized employers, and is available regionally throughout New York State. www.ignitehealthnow.com
The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and Western New York, Inc. is a public benefit organization providing advocacy, consultation, training and programs to build healthy communities, workplaces and schools. www.healthycommunitynetwork.com