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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Progressive employers are always looking for creative ways to enhance employee benefits (and maybe shave some dollars off the bottom line, too). Workplace wellness programs can achieve both goals, and they’re part of a strategy that’s breathing new life into some local job sites – often with minimal investment. “You don’t need to have a big budget to make wellness succe…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

Al Bella lay on his kitchen floor as the muscles in his neck convulsed, leaving him unable to speak and struggling to breathe. His panicked daughter called to her mother, “Daddy is sleeping on the floor." Bella — a fit marathon runner — was having a stroke at age 39. Carin Stahlka thought someone stabbed her in the back of the head. When she turned around, no one wa…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

For many families, sports are a step away from the mind-numbing, obesity-fueling world of electronics and a way to develop physical skills while learning to win and lose with grace. But along with that comes the threat of injury — from the minor to the cataclysmic — that can sideline a child for a season, or alter his life forever. During one of his son’s football g…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Over 500 women on one island for a girls-only weekend may sound like a setup for a raucous reality show primed with wine slushies, feather boas and lots of shrieking. In reality, that island is Grand Island — and the 500 participants of the first-ever Western New York “Wild Women Unite” will be forgoing pink drinks for guns, compasses, paddles and zip lines. The weekend…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

If there’s one thing that local quilters agree on, it’s that quilting has never been strictly a craft. Quilts are also examples of art, as planning and admiring them transcends decades. What’s more, quilting creates a respite in our increasingly busy lives. “Fabric is fun to do, but it is also tactile and soothing,” said Ann Shaw, owner of Sew What? Quilt Shop in Wil…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Sometimes paint and glue bond and repair things; other times they bond and repair people. That’s the short way to describe the therapeutic power of art, an activity that’s more than a fun distraction; art can promote mindfulness, channel anger, treat physical ailments, foster communication and measure and achieve goals. Take, for instance, Barbara Murak’s work. O…

Donna Propis, 67, rushes to the yoga class she takes twice a week at the Amherst Senior Center. She’s in a hurry but the hooting from the lounge makes her stop for a moment to see what’s going on. A group of seniors are clapping, sighing, and catcalling as two 80-somethings square off against each other … at the bowling alley … on the computer screen. Totally engaged in th…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

As the old joke goes: “Marriage is like a deck of cards; it starts with hearts and diamonds, but ends with clubs and spades.” Alas, with 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the United States ending in divorce (Divorcestatistics.org), that may have a kernel of truth. But what about the other 50 percent of marriages? What are their secrets to success? We approached some h…