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.
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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
WBEN radio Interviews Phil Haberstro...
Link here to access Pod cast of interview on WBEN radio with Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo Executive Director Phil Haberstro: http://media.espn1520.com/a/87863326/buffalo-means-business-02-22-14.htm
Wellness Institute’s Haberstro Honored by Physician’s Group
Wellness Institute’s Haberstro Honored by Physician’s Group
Buffalo, New York. Buffalo’s Philip L. Haberstro, Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, was recently honored for his community and national service by New York City based Doctors for a Healthier Bronx.
Following a reception and a presentation by Mr. Haberstro to the Albert Einstein College Obesity Prevention Think Tank, Phil was presented the Excellence in Community Service Award at a community wellness event hosted by Doctors for a Healthier Bronx and their community partners.
Dr. Sunil S. Jhangiani, MD, MBA, FACP, AGAF, Founder and Leader of Doctors for a Healthier Bronx noted, “The contributions that you have made to making the lives of those you touch better, show your dedication to selfless, tireless work, and the ability to deliver no matter under what circumstances. Your decades long work, not just in the Buffalo area, but in the entire State of New York and the Nation are truly inspiring.
For more information on Doctors for a Healthier Bronx, visit www.DoctorsForAHealthierBronx.org.
For more information on The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, visit www.CreatingHealthyCommunities.org.
Buffalo Board implements District Wellness Policy!
In the Spring of 2012, following 16 months of challenging and collaborative work by a dedicated group of community volunteers and Buffalo School District professionals and students, the BUFFALO BOARD of EDUCATION approved a comprehensive and updated District wide Wellness Policy. Phil Haberstro of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo ,a key volunteer leader of the policy writing team, noted that the work of policy implementation is the next phase of work that is currently being accomplished through the newly formed District Health Council, the Board and the community at large- The public may view the District wellness policy on the Board of Education Web Site or by contacting Sue Ventresca , the Buffalo School District's Director of Health Related Services. (716) 816-3098. The implementaion activites started with the formation of the District wide Health Council and included sub committes addressing the ten key components of the CDC 's Coordinated School Health model which is guiding the work. School based Wellness teams are currently being formed and trained in committee performance by the University of Buffalo School of management.