As so you can see our team was pumped up to be at the Creating a Healthy Community Conference at the Hotel Henry!
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.
HEALTH IS A YEAR-ROUND ACTIVITY!
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
What is the secret to a healthy lifestyle? Is it truly just mind, body, and soul or is it more?
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.
“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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