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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Emily works hard in school, loves her dog and plays soccer year-round. She participates in church youth group and helps out around the house. Her parents trust her completely. But as the Wheatfield 13-year-old prepares to enter high school this year, Emily’s family approached a difficult crossroad that comes with raising a teenager: She wanted a smartphone, and access t…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Performance has always come naturally to Stacy Zawadzki. “My grandmother played piano and my great-grandfather played the viola,” said the owner and director of Zawadzki Performing Arts Center (ZPAC). “I’d put on shows in the backyard, and get my brothers in costume. We’d have everybody lined up to watch at family parties.” Today, Zawadski owns ZPAC, a West Seneca-ba…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

In an age when people are taking strides toward living their best, healthiest life, it’s no surprise that natural beauty products are a growing trend. Local entrepreneurs have taken notice, and shops are popping up from Williamsville to East Aurora. Tom Akers was one of the first when he opened Renew Bath and Body on Elmwood Avenue in 2014. He believes natural beauty pr…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Tiny goats are just damn adorable. Yoga is centering and rejuvenating. But does it make any sense to combine the two? For aficionados of goat yoga, the answer is a resounding “absolutely.” Yes, it’s a real thing. No, the goats don’t do yoga; the people do. It’s a craze that started a couple years ago in Ohio and spread via social media videos, showing a sunny pasture…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

If you’ve absorbed the sounds, sights and scents of nature during a walk in the woods and emerged feeling calmer and more focused, you have dabbled in a wellness trend — forest bathing. Developed in Japan during the 1980s, Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, has gained popularity in the U.S. over the last couple of years. It’s simple and inexpensive — take a leisurely two …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

When Margaret Kolodziejczyk adopted Conrad — a Labrador German Shepherd mix — eight years ago, she never suspected he’d inspire her to start her own business. “He had a lot of digestive issues,” Kolodziejczyk said. “Nothing seemed to make a difference until I started experimenting with homemade diets.” Kolodziejczyk said she has always been careful about her own heal…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Over one third of Americans have tried a form of alternative medicine, spending billions of dollars out of pocket. As mental health and chronic conditions crescendo, some doctors prescribe alternative medicine as a response to conditions ranging from allergies to addiction recovery, replacing pills with less-traditional approaches like acupuncture for pain relief. Yes, …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Hiking during any season is an excellent way to unplug, clear your mind and decompress. But you don’t need to go to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon or Yosemite to experience awe-inspiring beauty. Here are some of the most striking parks in Western and Central New York — all punctuated by dramatic waterfalls, and all within a 3-hour drive or less. Chittenango Falls Chit…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

In the days of disco, the Village People struck gold with their farcical twist on what it means to be “manly.” Costumed as a cowboy, a police officer, a construction worker and a seaman, they sang “macho, macho man”…and we ate it up. Times have changed. Just as we now have more women among the ranks of police officers, construction workers and the enlisted, the list…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

“I think I just joined Globo Gym,” Robert Buckley said after the first dodgeball game with his new team. Buckley, 25, had played several seasons in a league run by nonprofit Healthy Buffalo. Bu after taking last season off because of his work schedule, his old team was full. Undeterred, he approached Healthy Buffalo founder Chas Kirsch and said, “I want to play. I do…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Growing up on Buffalo’s East Side, Alexander Wright remembers being sent to get groceries. “My mom would give me $5 and a list, and, at around 12 years old, I became aware of food prices and money worries,” he said. As a big kid living in tough neighborhoods, he had to fight to defend himself. Then, through the Buffalo Prep program — because he was economically disad…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

We asked a handful of local food fanatics who are nuts about nutrition to share their views on healthy food choices, including go-to staples, misconceptions and tricks to make better eating easier than a walk in the park. Meet our fit five and see what they have to say. Steven Procknal Procknal is a Baptiste Certified yoga instructor and co-leader of the November Project…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

New York State is full of natural wonder and beautiful scenery, and one of the best ways to enjoy the splendor is to immerse yourself in it. A hike in a beautiful place is one of the best ways to spend a summer day with your family. Western New York is dotted with dozens of parks, each with their own trail systems waiting to be explored — so consider these hikes as a go…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

I learn so much about life (and myself) through my experiences with other people. My romantic relationships, especially, have helped shape my opinions, expose me to experiences and give me a chance to gain another perspective. All relationships have value. How can I call my previous marriage a failure when it brought me my beautiful son? I feel blessed to be co-paren…