Sunset Striders Community Walk Group

Sunset Striders Community Walk Group
(Grand Island)

Healthy Community Conference 2019

As so you can see our team was pumped up to be at the Creating a Healthy Community Conference at the Hotel Henry!

Healthiest District Initiative Meeting 2019

Healthiest District Initiative Meeting

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.


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

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.”


 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.

“The secret of change, is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”

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Wellness News

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Press Release September 2019                                   “WNY WALKS! Leader Presenting at AARP NY State Conference” Buffalo, NY. Phil Haberstro, Executive Director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and founder of the WNY walkability movement’s...

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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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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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Wellness Events

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    Drums Along The Waterfront

    6:30 pm-10:00 pm
    August 4, 2019
    New Era Field
    1 Bills Dr, Orchard Park, NY 14127

    For nearly a half century, Drum Corps International, Marching Music’s Major League™, has been the leader in producing events for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers.

    Thirteen original founding member organizations formed the Drum Corps International collective in 1971 to organize and unify leadership for youth-focused competitive drum corps events throughout North America. Directors of those competing groups sought to unite their corps by providing opportunities to perform together—in the end building a foundation for future success.

    A non-profit entity was officially established in 1972, and today DCI supports numerous programs around the globe while sanctioning participating recognized drum corps, SoundSport® performance ensembles and DrumLine Battle™ teams performing in more than 100 competitive events that make up the annual Drum Corps International Tour.

    With a vast reach online at DCI.org, through corporate sponsorship, annual broadcast initiatives, and outreach to high school music programs, Drum Corps International delivers the message of “excellence in performance and in life” to more than 7.2 million young people, ages 13-22 involved in the performing arts across the United States.

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    2019 Mental Health & Wellness Fair

    10:00 am-2:00 pm
    August 6, 2019
    Lafayette Square
    415 Main St Buffalo, NY 14203

    Tuesday, August 6th

    10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

    Lafayette Square (Rain or Shine)

    Connect with BPD Crisis Intervention Team and over 2 dozen area health care service providers. Understand good mental health and learn how to improve your own mental health,

    Includes: Health screenings and information, therapy dogs, fun and fit activities!

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    Explore Buffalo Summer Fundraiser

    6:00 pm-9:00 pm
    August 8, 2019

    Spend a summer evening “Wright on the water” with Explore Buffalo and enjoy the sunset over the Niagara River and Lake Erie!

    This fundraising event supports Explore Buffalo. Includes: food, music, and 15 minute boat cruises. Visit the event link to purchase tickets.

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    Community Walk, Roll N'Ride!

    6:15 pm-7:15 pm
    August 15, 2019
    Intermodal Hub-City of Tonawanda
    36 Young St, Tonawanda, NY 14150
    Who: Everyone; all ages, abilities, and families are welcome to participate in this FREE event
    What: a guided walk (approx 30-50 min) along the Niagara River Greenway
    When & Where: Meet at 6:15 pm; Walk starts & ends at the Intermodal hub in the City of Tonawanda
    Why: Enjoy some health physical activity and explore our beautiful Niagara River Greenway
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    Mindfulness Leadership & You

    9:30 am-12:00 pm
    August 27, 2019
    Roycroft Inn
    40 South Grove Street East Aurora, NY 14052

    The term mindfulness has become a buzzword, but do you really know what it means? Lisa Napora, PhD, will break the myths from the facts and show how mindfulness has become a foundational component of leadership.

    During this workshop, you will discover self-care methods and gain practical tools to apply to your daily lives. RSVP on EventBrite.


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Phil Haberstro, Executive Director
65 Niagara Square, Room 607
Buffalo, NY  14202

Phone: 716-851-4052