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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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We Invite you to join the Community Walk, Roll N’ Ride! Thursday, August 15th @ 6:15 pm Tonawanda Intermodal Hub   Who: EVERYONE; all ages, abilities, and families are welcome to participate in this FREE event. What: a guided walk (approximately 30-50 minutes)...

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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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    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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Phil Haberstro, Executive Director
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Buffalo, NY  14202

Phone: 716-851-4052