Sunset Striders Community Walk Group

Healthy Communities Team at Power Yoga Buffalo!

Healthy Community Conference 2019

Healthy Community Show Featuring Sunset Striders Walking Club!

WNY Walks! at the AARP NYS Summit

Phil acting as board member of Citizens Science Community Resources

Healthiest District Initiative Meeting 2019

Article published in YourHWH! (scroll down for the complete article!)

Phil Haberstro with two of our partners Kevin Crosby from the Sunrise Rotary Club of Buffalo and Greg Stevens, the Executive Director of Niagara River Greenway.


Not Just the January Blues

By: Lucy Connery, Associate Director of the Wellness Institute

Featured in January 2020’s Issue of YourHWH and Buffalo Healthy Living!

            January marks the end of the holiday season, the beginning of a new year, and is often thought to be a fresh start for a better year and personal growth. However, for many people this time of year is the hardest of all. The holidays can bring stress, emotional distress, and unhealthy coping mechanisms like consuming large amounts of unhealthy foods, drinking more alcoholic beverages than usual, staying inside to avoid the cold weather, etc. The National Institute of Mental Health has documented that these behaviors could be indicative of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This condition is characterized by feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness/isolation at the same time of year – spikes in SAD often occur in the winter time.

            Seasonal Affective Disorder can also be a response to: memories of losing a loved one, an emotional holiday season, weight fluctuation, and even changes in the weather. Not sure if you experience SAD? Symptoms include having low energy/problems sleeping, difficulty concentrating, feeling sluggish/agitated, changes in appetite, and feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, or guilt.

             SAD is very common, affecting millions of individuals a year. Prevention includes regular physical activity, spending time outdoors, and eating a balanced, nutritional diet. If you already experience SAD, these methods also serve as a form of treatment. Other treatments for SAD may include light therapy, medications, and psychotherapy. Accepting and recognizing mental health is not always easy or comfortable, but it is not anything to be ashamed of. If you or a loved one is struggling, seek help locally or nationally:

Mental Health Advocates of WNY at (716) 886-1242 or https://mhawny.org/

Erie County Warm (non-crisis) Line at 1-844-749-3848

Substance Use & Mental Health (SAMHSA) Helpline at 1-800-662-4357


National Institute of Mental Health. (2016). Seasonal affective disorder. Mental Health

Information. Retrieved from: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/seasonal-affective-disorder/index.shtml 

Personal Passion Benefits Communal Health

by Carl Francis Penders

(An exerpt from In Good Health: WNY’s Healthcare Newspaper)

     You’re talking about changing the culture,” proclaims Philip L. Haberstro, Executive Director for the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, “similar to what we’ve done with tobacco.”  It’s a refrain anyone who’s spent time listening to Haberstro’s message has heard more than once.  Of course, “repetition is the mother of skill,” to quote Anthony Robbins who’s been known to advocate his own passion for change.  And it definitely requires a certain skill level to persistently convey wisdom that people are not always inclined to hear.  While inclined to encourage mastery Robbins reminds people that “if I hear it again, or maybe hear it a different way, eventually it (wisdom) will take hold.”  So Haberstro and his Wellness Institute continue to tear down walls in Western New York minds, and build bridges with partners throughout the region… for the full article: http://www.bfohealth.com/features/personal-passion-benefits-communal-health/


     Something for Buffalo and Western New York citizens and leaders to think about.

Healthy Community Interview

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What is the secret to a healthy lifestyle? Is it truly just mind, body, and soul or is it more?

Get the “Big Picture” from Phil Haberstro’s visit to WBBZ TV for an interview with Catherine Miller on the Big Picture Show.

Creating Healthy Communities

The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY was incorporated in 1989 as a public benefit organization. The Institute’s Mission is to create a healthy community. The mission is addressed by advocating for and facilitating strategy fostering a regional culture that invests in, encourages and sustains individual, family, organizational and community capacity to practice positive civic, environmental, economic and health enhancing behaviors. Strategically guided by the interdisciplinary “healthy community” movement, the Institute’s work is enhanced through assessment and visioning, collaboration, networking, advocacy, professional development services, educational programs, communication, volunteers, innovation and leadership on health promotion, civic engagement and quality of life issues.


Citizens within our communities share in the shaping of our thriving bi-national region. Safe and stable neighborhoods, respect for diversity, accessible cultural/recreational opportunities, a healthy population, and lifelong learning provide an exceptional quality of life. Our dynamic business climate evolves from a competitive workforce, responsive governance, and a comprehensive transportation system. A balanced, sustainable, environment ensures the prosperity and natural resources of our region.”

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Wellness Events

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  • An Empowering Approach to Pain Management: Integrative Health & Healing with Theresa Oswald, MD

    6:00 pm-9:00 am
    October 25, 2019-October 27, 2019

    841 Delaware Ave #2007, Buffalo, NY 14209

    841 Delaware Ave #2007, Buffalo, NY 14209

    An Empowering Approach to Pain Management: Integrative Health & Healing with Theresa Oswald, MD

    October 25-27 (4-part seminar)

    Persistent pain can affect all aspects of our life leading to frustration and isolation. This seminar shines a new light on pain treatment options that activate the body’s innate healing power. Drawing from modern science and the healing traditions of yoga and Ayurveda, this holistic approach of nutritional wisdom, stress mastery, positive psychology and purposeful movement can unlock your healing potential and provide lasting solutions to persistent conditions such as chronic back pain, fibromyalgia and arthritis.

    In this experiential seminar, learn how the mind-body connection can help you activate your healing response and reverse habitual reactions to pain. Through lecture and gentle practice sessions, discover the knowledge and tools to experience better sleep quality, greater endurance, and increased capacity for activity, while letting go of fears related to movement. This combination of evidence-based theory and mindful movement makes the seminar invaluable for yoga teachers, massage therapists, family members and other caregivers to more effectively assist individuals experiencing various forms of chronic pain.

    Theresa Oswald, MD, is a resident faculty physician of the Himalayan Institute. She is also the founder and president of Knowledge as Medicine (KnowledgeAsMedicine.com). As an integrative medicine physician with 30 years of experience, Dr. Oswald helps people improve function and reduce pain. A graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, she completed her residency training at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Northwestern University.

    She is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as in integrative medicine. Her career as a physiatrist has been spent creating and implementing new ways to help optimize her patients’ functioning in all areas of health: body, mind, and spirit. She is a staff physician at PureRejuv Wellness Center, the holistic medical clinic on the grounds of the Himalayan Institute.

    To register, click here.

  • Annual Senior Citizens Halloween Party

    10:00 am-3:00 pm
    October 31, 2019

    585 Williams Street, Buffalo, New York

    585 Williams Street, Buffalo, New York

    Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen presents:

    The Annual Senior Citizens Halloween Party

    October 31st, 2019- 10AM til 3PM

    Cost: FREE admission with ticket only

    Prizes for Best Costume 1st, 2nd & 3rd

    Food & Snacks Served

    Gift Basket Raffles and Wellness Walk

    Call 845-5440 for more information



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