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.
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!
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.”
Cities & Towns Served by our Wellness initiatives in Erie County
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Press Release January 2020 NEW LEADERSHIP IN THE HEALTHY COMMUNITIES ADVOCATES TEAM! BUFFALO, NY: The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo celebrates its 30-year anniversary of advocating for healthy communities in WNY this year;...read more
Press Release January 2020 WNY WALKS! PARTNERS WITH “REACH FERRY STREET” PROJECT! BUFFALO, NY: The WNY WALKS! Initiative has been making many community-culture changing strides since its May 2019 launch to achieve its mission of...read more
Press Release January 2020 WNY WALKS! ANNOUNCES 2020 COMMUNITY SAFE STEPS GOAL: 250 MILLION! BUFFALO, NY: The Wellness Institute’s WNY WALKS! Initiative and its community partners announced the 2020 Walking to Wellness Initiative goal of...read more
- Walking Wellness 2020 – Goal 250 Million Steps ~ WATCH THE HEALTHY STEPS PROGRESS! 1% 1%
- Walking Wellness 2019 – Goal 125 Million Steps ~ GOAL SURPASSED AT 126+ MILLION STEPS TRACKED! 101.4% 101.4%
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