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

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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.

The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo is conducting a survey to identify the Workplace Wellness/Health Promotion initiatives going on in Western New York. It would be a great help if you could please complete this survey and share with affiliates (or share it with an HR rep to complete it) that evaluates Workplace Health Promotion methods.

 Please note that there are questions geared towards organizations that do not have these programs, so completing it would still be very helpful even if you do not partake in a program currently.

 Thank you very much for your time and assistance!


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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