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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

When the television special A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired in 1965, our young protagonist confessed to his friend Linus that he felt depressed and empty, that the holidays had become too commercialized. The show may have had a happy ending — with all the Peanut characters gathered around Charlie singing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing — but Charlie may not feel bett…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Pet parents know that feeding from the table isn’t the best everyday idea…but it’s hard to resist indulging in a holiday season exception. In case you want to bend the rules this Thanksgiving, here’s a crash course in what foods you can sneak your dog or cat — and what you should steer clear of for their safety. All in moderation It’s always best to follow a less-is-more…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Forget sinking into a rocking chair and watching the world whiz past. Seniors from their early 60s through their 90s want to stay active and pursue multiple passions — be it gentle yoga or kayaking. Developers of the area’s senior rental housing have taken note. Last December, Mary Behnke, 75, swapped her apartment of 10 years for a spot in Forestview Active Living, a 9…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Parents’ wellness often takes a backseat to their children’s activities. Running from school to music lessons and from playdates to the soccer field can make it challenging to carve out "me-time" for exercise. That can leave parents and caregivers feeling even more depleted. One local organization had that in mind when they organized and overlapped their Saturday mo…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

The connection between holiness and health is a sentiment that has resonated across faiths forever. But as the American list of lifestyle-related illnesses like heart disease and obesity grows longer than a Lutheran Christmas carol, faith and fitness leaders around the country are coming up with new ways to help the faithful rehab those neglected temples. The premise is…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Aimee, Liz, Sonya and Meghan. These four Western New York women are 40 and over with families and leadership roles in health-related professions whose work weeks far exceed 40 hours. And all of them count workouts as appointments not to be missed. These aren’t superwomen. They don’t have entourages to handle their have-tos. They’ve just been relentless in their pursu…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Sometimes it takes a little while for trends to catch up in WNY. But, when they do, they really do. Right now we’re in the midst of a burgeoning mass of bike trails — both on-road (a.k.a. streetscape bicycle lanes), and off-road hike/bike paths. I’ll admit to being a latecomer, rejoining the area’s cyclists three summers ago. But with the abundance of trails/paths an…

Buffalo Magazine

One of the best things about summer is Western New York’s farmers’ markets. Here’s where to get your hands on fresh produce, homemade goodies and more from spring through fall. Buffalo Clinton/Bailey 1443 Clinton St., Buffalo; Clintonbaileymarket.com Sunday to Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, 6 a.m.–6 p.m. Downtown Main Street between Court & Church stree…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

There’s something tranquil and enchanting about horses. Their steady, slowly swaying gait gently rocks riders around the ring, providing a regal vantage point that lifts them above their troubles and positions them, momentarily, in the imaginary saddle of a knight, cowgirl or king. At Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center in East Aurora and Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Cen…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Worshiping in the great outdoors is something Cathy Linden Leathers loves about summer. Her parish — St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in South Buffalo — conducts mass out on the church lawn when weather permits. This shows we are alive and also serves as an outreach. You never know when that one soul who has been searching just might cross your path, and our parish waits …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

It makes sense that WNYers love outdoor fitness classes. “When people can finally get outside after being stuck inside after a long winter, they do,” said Julie Leatherbarrow, owner of Budding Tree Yoga in Elma. Leatherbarrow, a certified yoga instructor, is the creator and lead director of the annual Budding Tree Yoga Festival, which offers outdoor yoga classes as w…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

When I was in grammar school I walked home for lunch, and my go-to repast was a cup of Lipton’s chicken noodle soup, a ham sandwich on white bread and a glass of milk. Times have changed since the 1960s: parents serve an entirely different lunch to their kids — especially when mom is a nutrition expert. “When I pack their lunches, they have a protein, a grain, a vegetab…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

When Larry Ball, a Cassadaga retiree and part-time farmer, decided to add a solar system to his new home, his financial advisor cautioned him that the savings may not be worth the cost. But Ball knew what he was getting into. His new solar system — bought to supplement his existing solar and wind turbine systems — has allowed him total energy independence. The result…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Thirty-somethings Dave and Ashley Segal of Kenmore have been married for a couple years. They have good jobs, a nice house, three dogs…and no estate plan. Their views on the topic differ. Dave thinks it’s too expensive. Ashley doesn’t think it’s a priority unless you have dependents. While they know it’s a future consideration, it’s not something they’ve tackled yet. …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

As the elevator begins its ascent, a young man extends a hand. “Hey Thurman. Tough season, but we’ll get ‘em next year.” With a smile and a nod, Thurman Thomas offers the requisite kind words and exits the elevator en route to his office. It’s the kind of encounter that’s commonplace when you are a Hall of Fame running back who rushed for more than 12,000 yards and l…