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Featured Article, July 2020

Healthy Communities 2030! Appoints New Executive Director!

The Healthy Communities 2030! Team kicks off its new fiscal year for 2020-21 by appointing Lucy Connery as the new Executive Director! Founder of the Wellness Institute and long-time Executive Director, Phil Haberstro, reflects on his 30+ year journey of Creating Healthy Communities in the Greater Buffalo & Western New York Region, stating “I am very excited to pass the baton to ‘LC’ and am confident she will manage and lead the Healthy Communities 2030! Initiative to do great things for our community health.”

Connery recently graduated from Daemen College’s Master of Public Health Department with dual degrees in Public Health and Spanish. Connery has been with the Healthy Communities 2030! Team for over 18 months now, and has demonstrated leadership and professionalism in her writing, presentation, education, and health promotion in our local communities. Some of the Executive Director’s first responsibilities will include planning, implementing, and evaluating the WNY WALKS! Second Annual Walkability Summit in August, 2020, and continuing to partner with the CDC and Cicatelli Associates, Inc. on their REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Project along the East Ferry Street Corridor. Healthy Communities 2030! was founded on values of collaboration, inclusion, and strategy in order to address community health comprehensively, and Connery will continue to demonstrate these values beginning in July 2020!

 

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It's Not Just the Coronavirus Putting WNY's Health at Risk

From the Buffalo News Editorial Board

Western New Yorkers are an unhealthy lot. Add in the novel coronavirus and the effect this pandemic is having on an already compromised population and the forecast appears less than favorable. It is challenging to envision exercise during a statewide “pause” demanding that citizens stay at home, practice social distancing and frequent hand washing in order to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus, or Covid-19. Still, the region’s poor health requires making some adjustments. For those capable, get up, stand in place and “walk” or, while practicing social distancing, walk outside.

These are basic, nonscientific suggestions. Scientists and medical professionals offer advice and guidelines available online and in books and journals….

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Personal Passion Benefits Communal Health

Phil Haberstro and his Wellness Institute continue to tear down walls in Western New York minds, and build bridges with partners throughout the region.

“You’re talking about changing the culture, similar to what we’ve done with tobacco,” proclaims Philip L. Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo.

It’s a refrain anyone who has spent time listening to Haberstro’s message has heard more than once.

Of course, “repetition is the mother of skill,” to quote Anthony Robbins, the celebrity life coach who’s been known to advocate his own passion for change.

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