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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

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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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WNY Walks! Walking Summit

MEDIA RELEASE May 10th, 2019                                                                                                              Contact Phil Haberstro 851-4052 WNY Walks! Summit Presents Dr. Ian Thomas & Amanda O’Rourke Buffalo, NY: The Wellness...

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WELLNESS INSTITUTE ADDS MR. ROD NAGY TO THE WNY WALKS! TEAM

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....

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Buffalo’s Wintermission Program

“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...

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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

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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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