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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

In this harried era of modern parenting, much of our free time is spent watching children’s organized sports, gymnastics or dance classes from the sidelines. As for our own fitness, we might squeeze in a quick trip to the gym or jump on the treadmill for 20 minutes — if we’re lucky. Exercising as a family? Not so much. However, with a little thought and effort, quality …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

We know the importance of the “three Rs”: reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. But what about music? Art? Theater? Dance? As U.S. schools shift heavily toward common core subjects like math and ELA, these right-brain subjects are increasingly on the chopping block. Yet studies show that exposing children to arts and culture plays a critical role in their development. “Resea…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

It was Thomas Wolfe who said you can’t go home again…but maybe he never went to his high school reunion. The truth is, there’s something to be said about being with friends who saw you live through heartbreak, braces and hallway gossip that makes for common ground – even after many years. Just ask Carolyn Yim Spaeter, a graduate of Williamsville South High School, Class…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Bad night’s sleep? If so, you’re not alone. Last year, the Center for Disease Control declared insufficient sleep to be a public health problem and found 50-70 million Americans have a sleep or wakefulness disorder. In its most recent survey, the CDC said more than a third of adults sleep less than the recommended seven to nine hours a night, and 37 percent report falli…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Finding a gym used to be fairly simple — the full-service gym closest to home was pretty much the only option. But as the region grows and diversifies, so does Buffalo’s fitness scene. There’s  a gym for practically every discipline, lifestyle and personality — the classic full-service gym included. From Pilates and yoga studios to CrossFit gyms and mixed martial arts f…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

You’re out on a Saturday evening and feeling great — until you step into a pothole and sprain an ankle. Your primary doctor isn’t available and a trip to a hospital emergency room seems extreme for what’s puffy and painful but not dire. Plus you’ll probably wait for hours and have to pay more out of pocket. Besides toughing it out until Monday, you have another choice: …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

As a city that reached its heyday at the hands of heavy industry, Buffalo’s breezes and waterways carry a host of pollutants – some obvious, others all but invisible – that have affected plant and animal habitats, the local economy, and the quality of life for people who depend on clean air and water. And two of the Queen City’s daughters are doing something about it. R…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Kids and summer camp go together like s’mores and campfires. In Western New York, there’s a camp experience for just about every interest and every type of camper.  Options fall into four categories: traditional camp settings (overnight with cabins, counselors and lots of outdoor activities); day camps (YMCA, daycare and community recreation programs); school-based program…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Fact: Western New York winters — which range from the illuminated, snow-kissed scenes of a Frank Capra film to the dire, snowstorm-ravaged landscape of a George Lucas film — can play with our emotions. Sidewalks go from bare to buried in minutes, and local meteorologists treat every mid-level storm like it could be the second coming of the Blizzard of ’77. These omnipre…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

For many Western New Yorkers, Valentine’s Day has transformed from a romantic candlelit dinner à deux to a more boisterous family affair. When you become parents, you have to take your romantic Valentine’s Days when they happen — and it’s not necessarily February 14. But Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate love for everyone in the family. Whether you’re home wi…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Last August, after weeks of tests, I heard the words I feared most: the pain in my abdomen was caused by a malignant tumor. I admit to a brief period of wondering how I got “chosen” for this. I had exercised regularly, eaten well, had no family history of cancer, had normal pregnancies, and breastfed both of my children…all things thought to help prevent this type of ca…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Remember when sitting cross-legged on the floor with a coloring book kept you happy and occupied for hours on end? There’s no need to stop just because you’re older. Adult coloring books have caught on like wildfire, trading in the rudimentary outlines of cuddly kittens and cartoon characters for intricate patterns ranging from Tibetan mandalas and Japanese kimonos to A…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

The holidays are great – but let’s face it, they’re also stressful. Shopping for gifts, decorating, entertaining, attending holiday work functions and sending out hoards of Christmas cards is a lot to accomplish in the span of a month. Add in snow and cold temperatures, and it’s understandable why some people choose to opt out of the holidays altogether. “It’s nice t…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

When Kathy Appel Reid was battling breast cancer, part of her treatment included a drug called Herceptin. According to her son Justin, Herceptin gave his mother hope, helped to prolong her life, and allowed her to live with breast cancer. “That,” said Justin, “is how I got involved with Komen.” Through its National Research Grants Program, the Susan G. Komen organizatio…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Sometimes you just know when you’ve met “the one.” That’s what Megan and Chris McCune thought when – after only six weeks into their courtship – they made the decision to seek pre-marital counseling. While their just-dating peers were making decisions about what movies to see, Megan and Chris were building their communication skills and examining trust issues guided by …