Free Community-Wellness Fairs and Noontime Walks!
A Grand Idea in a Land Like Oz
From an article written by Carl Francis Penders:
“Is Buffalo a healthy community? asked Philip L. Haberstro (lead image – right), The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo’s executive director. Weighing in too regarding the populace’s health was Larry Brooks, author of Buffalo Niagara: Diagnosis and Prescription for Change. Both Haberstro and Brooks referred to the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. The 2016 Population Health Institute rated Niagara 58 and Erie County at 50 respectively out of 62 New York State counties. Haberstro indicated that measure is driven by both personal choice and the social,, environmental and economic HEALTH of our communities'
A " healthy community" is measured by civic, economic, biological, and environmental factors said Haberstro. He asked listeners to consider the region’s social capital, a term from "Bowling Alone" by Robert Putnam which examines the trust people have in one another, and in agencies serving them. Equally important is reciprocity, a social capital yardstick measuring how well people work together. Note BUFFALO DAY 2017 at Chautaqua is Tuesday, July 11th
To read the full article please visit BuffaloRising.com
Walking to Wellness 2017 campaign set 50 MILLION STEPS 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 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 publicly announced in late FEBRUARY along with the Spring release of a new walkability assessment DVD and toolkit. We are working strategically with our partners,including Schools workplaces and elected officals and the new P2 regional STEPS campaign to increase physical activity by improving community walkability,bikability and acess to trails and parks .”
Citizen Science Meetings
Thank you to those who came out to the Town of Tonawanda , Grand Island and City of Tonawanda Citizen Science Soil Study Meetings!
If you're interested in helping out and participating in the soil study please contact Jackie James Creedon. or for more info or to sgn up to help contact us!
Also, check out their Facebook and website!