Sunset Striders Community Walk Group

Healthy Communities Team at Power Yoga Buffalo!

Healthy Community Conference 2019

Healthy Community Show Featuring Sunset Striders Walking Club!

Healthy Communities 2030! Launch in Response to County Health Rankings!

Healthiest District Initiative Meeting 2019

Healthy Communities Team at the Buffalo Auto Show!

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!


By: Lucy Connery, Associate Director, The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo

To be featured in YourHWH April 2020 Edition! 

Staying Sane at Home

For the kids experiencing boredom, the parents going crazy, and the older adults feeling isolated (and everyone that feels a mix of all three), you are not alone. Here are some suggestions on activities to do under quarantine/social distancing, and some resources that might help you get through this tough time:

-Reading books (for fun!)

-Organize your to-watch list on every app

-Co-stream movies with friends at your individual homes

-Organize your closet and donate old clothes

-Try keeping a quarantine diary – people who didn’t live through this will definitely be curious

-Do a tutorial on a new skill – sewing, teaching your dog to roll over, etc

Keep your brain working: search for apps like Epic! (kids books and videos); Quizlet (flashcards & study tools); Khan Academy (for learning anything)

-Self care. Take one of those showers where you really take care of yourself (clean behind your ears, actually scrub your feet, etc.). Do a face mask! Have you ever carved out 20 minutes for mindfulness? It can be meditation, reflection, journaling, drawing – anything that helps you relax and have a quiet mind.


www.withadair.com/live for FREE mindfulness workshops online

www.CreatingHealthyCommunities.org has plenty of videos and information on health

There is, of course, a lot of confusion, fear, and restlessness during this ever-changing time of the coronavirus crisis. Here is some helpful information that might help clarify things:

Quarantine vs. Isolation vs. Social Distancing

Quarantine is used to separate/restrict the movement of healthy people who may have been exposed to coronavirus to see if they become ill. This can help limit spread of potential disease.

Isolation is used to separate ill people who already have a communicable disease from those who do not have it. Similar to hospitals separating TB patients from other.

Social Distancing is a set of actions that help to slow down or stop the spread of a communicable disease (online classes, event cancellations, etc.). KEEP IN MIND that when we say social distancing, we often mean physical distancing. Stay away from groups of people if you don’t know their exposures, but keep in touch with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to keep your social supports close during this difficult time.

Face Masks

Misconception Alert: wearing face masks does not fully protect you from contracting coronavirus; this use of personal protective equipment is best-used for individuals who already have the illness and want to avoid spreading it to others. Face masks alone do not protect healthy people completely because if an individual gets respiratory droplet residue on their hands, arms, or clothes, it does not prevent the droplets from entering the body through the eyes, nose or mouth.

For more resources or health/wellness information, please contact the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo at BeActive@City-Buffalo.org or call (716) 851-4052.

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

Watch the full interview.

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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  • 10th Annual Buffalo Day

    12:00 pm-8:00 pm
    July 2, 2019

    Tenth Annual Buffalo Day @ Chautauqua

    Tuesday, July 2, 2019 – Tenth Annual Buffalo Day @ Chautauqua – Noon-8pm

    Theme: “Imagine Communities Working Toward the Common Good: IMAGINE Greater Buffalo”**
    Noon – 8pm   FREE afternoon admission for residents of the Greater Buffalo region
    Sponsored by The Buffalo News, Visit Buffalo Niagara, WNED, Chautauqua Institution & C-SAAHN

    12:15pm-12:30pm – Hall of Philosophy
    Dennis Galucki, Founder, Annual Buffalo Day @ Chautauqua, “The Buffalo-Chautauqua Idea”

    12:30pm-1:30pm – Hall of Philosophy
    Panel presentations and discussions led by Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President/CEO Community Foundation for Grea-ter Buffalo with representatives from partner organizations addressing four themes: Education, Environment, Racial Equi-ty,  Arts & Culture. Panelists include Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, Rev. Jonathan Staples and David Rust.

    Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo – Since 1919, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has been committed to helping individuals, families and organizations make their charitable goals a reality. Today, we work with more than 400 active clients and are carrying on the legacies of an additional 500 clients. In total, we have over $485 million in charitable assets. Its mission is to connect people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York.

    2:00pm – 3:15pm Smith Memorial Library – John Jablonski, Executive Director Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy & Betsy Constantine, Executive Vice President, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, “Buffalo & American Legacy”

    3:30pm – 4:45pm Hall of Christ – Chautauqua Archives Heritage Lecture Series 
    – “Teleporting into History with TR VR: Taking Community Perspectives & Understandings into Another Dimension” Stanton H. Hudson Jr., Executive Di-rector, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site & Peter Schiffmacher, Founder, iTours 369VR / Co-Founder, Reality Capture Ex-perts

    Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site – Immigration, the role of the U.S. in global affairs, race relations, big business, the use of our natural resources…these issues dominate today’s headlines, just as they did more than a century ago, when Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

    ** 2019 Chautauqua Theme for Week Two: Uncommon Ground: Communities Working Toward Solutions

  • Grand Island Farmers Market

    4:00 pm-7:00 pm
    July 11, 2019

    “The 2019 Market season has finally begun! We are collaborating with TasteNY at the Western NY Welcome Center at 1999 Alvin Road (exit 19 off the 190) on Grand Island. We will open on July 11 with delicious, fresh. local produce, unique flatbread pizzas by Herb’n Garden, live music and more. We are growing our market and would love to have new and varied vendors, so please email us if you are interested in joining us!”   #comegrowwithus

    Visit their website here!

  • Crossroads of Creativity

    12:00 pm-4:00 pm
    July 13, 2019

    Crossroads of Creativity is a one day pop-up event that transforms the Crossroads of the North Buffalo Rail Trail and Linear Park into an interactive art, education, and play space for all ages. The event promotes wellness and active living, brings neighbors together, and harnesses the creativity, talents, sweat equity of community members to transform the Crossroads into a truly world class public space.

  • East Side Garden Walk

    10:00 am-3:00 pm
    July 20, 2019

    July 20, 2019 10AM–3PM

    Join us for our second annual garden tour! Tour is Free and self-guided.

    Now in its second year, the East Side Garden Walk embraces a wide range of gardens – from urban farms to simple lots cared for by neighbors, and even a jazz-inspired garden. Take time to talk to the gardeners who make these gardens special.

    East side gardening shows a strong sense of community. Even when the gardens are private, if there are vegetables or plants to be shared, the gardeners readily do so. Sometimes it’s why the garden was planted in the first place. The area also boasts a number of urban farms, one as large as two acres. If you are looking for flowers, you will find them too!



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Phil Haberstro, Executive Director
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