WNY Walks! Walkability Summit Recap
Thursday, June 13th and Friday, June 14th men and women from Buffalo and surrounding areas joined us in a two day event focusing on walkability. Our keynote speakers, Ian Thomas and Amanda O’Rourke, gave us great insight on the importance of having a walkable community and how we can achieve it. Stay tuned for a more in depth recap of what we discovered.
“I just wanted to let you know what a great time Michelle, Lauren and I had at the summit on Friday. The activities, networking and information learned was so great and valuable to hear. We really appreciate you including us in this opportunity and I look forward to our continued collaboration together in the future!”
-Katie Kicinski, Adjunct Professor, Health Promotion, Daemen College
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.
OUR SHARED VISION
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.”
THE CONCEPT OF “WELLNESS”
The Concept of Wellness as self defined optimal physical, mental and spiritual well-being, is both a historic and contemporary dream of American civil society. Fueled in the UNITED STATES by the power of the words “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, Americans (and other societies) have consistently strived to ensure both the individual and societal achievement of optimal personal and national levels of well being. Through an empowering balance of individual initiative and our societal responsibility to each other, American society has progressed in achieving a sustainable quality of life unmatched in human history.
While defining and measuring “wellness” has posed a challenge to both academics and advocates, the more formidable task has been understanding and facilitating the American path to higher levels of personal, organizational or community wellness. Inspired by the Global Healthy Communites movement and the 1989 launch of the USA Healthy Communities movement by the National Civic League (www.NCL.org ) the challenge of “Creating Healthy Communities” formed the strategic basis for the founding (1989) of The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and the substance of the Institute’s interdisciplanary work, learning, sharing and contributions to achieving our community’s Vision for its citizens personal wellness and enhanced quality of life.
PHILIP L . HABERSTRO – Founder of The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and Western New York USA.
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MEDIA RELEASE May 10th, 2019 Contact Phil Haberstro 851-4052 WNY Walks! Summit Presents Dr. Ian Thomas & Amanda O’Rourke Buffalo, NY: The Wellness...read more
MEDIA RELEASE APRIL 12th, 2019 Contact Phil Haberstro 851-4052 WELLNESS INSTITUTE ADDS MR. ROD NAGY TO THE WNY WALKS! TEAM BUFFALO, NY: The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo is pleased to announce that Mr....read more
“Wellness Institute to Participate in Buffalo’s Wintermission Program” Date: February 11th, 2019 For more information contact: Philip Haberstro Email: BeActive@City-Buffalo.org Phone: 716-851-4052 Buffalo, NY: Oswald Mestre Jr. stated, “We at the Division of Citizen...read more
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