Walk to School Day
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sarah Martin
Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo
Buffalo Public schools to celebrate
International Walk to School Day on October 5, 2016
Buffalo, NY 9/28/16 – Buffalo Public Schools 37, 67, 76, and 80 will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5. These are Future Academy, Discovery, Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy, and Highgate Heights. Highgate is part of the BPS Community Schools Initiative, and will be featuring a walking school bus.
Hundreds of students from these schools will be walking and rolling to school Wednesday along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Walkers will arrive at the school at the usual times. Individual schools may offer a breakfast ceremony or short pep rally to celebrate the students’ involvement.
Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community. Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo, says, “As we again celebrate International Walk to School Day in Buffalo, it is our goal to make walking and cycling to school safe in every neighborhood so that these healthy behaviors can occur every day.”
The event is being organized by The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, which works to promote healthy communities in Erie County, and GObike Buffalo, which advocates for safe bicycle and pedestrian access, with support from the Buffalo Public Schools.
For additional local information, please contact Sarah Martin at (716) 307-7738.
For additional information, please visit these websites:
Walk to School Day in the USA www.walkbiketoschool.org
National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org
Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo www.healthycommunitynetwork.com
GObike Buffalo www.gobikebuffalo.org
Buffalo Public Schools www.buffaloschools.org
Explore Downtown Buffalo With a
Free Guided WELLNESS Walk!
Every Wednesday from October 5 to Oct 26, 2016
Walk starts at 12:10PM sharp and last 30 minutes
Meet at the VBN Visitor Center www.VisitBuffaloNiagara.com
Wellness Walk Weekend!
Saturday October 1: REFRESH Magazine Walk begins at 10AM
Meet at Casino -Chestnut Ridge Park Orchard Park NY
Sunday October 2: Enjoy the beauty of Fall with a
quiet reflective walk - Walk begins at 10:30am
Meet at Hoyt Lake/Marcy Casino Delaware Park Buffalo NY
Penny Wolfgang Talks "Healthy" Communities with Philip Haberstro on Public Affairs Radio Show
BUFFALO, NY: Philip Haberstro, founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, was a guest for “On Target with Penny Wolfgang” the Weekend, June 25th. Mr. Haberstro discussed the health of the Buffalo-Niagara region, challenges it currently faces, and progress being made to address them. Phil’s perception takes into account his 27+ years’ experience with the Healthy Communities movement , community health promotionadvocacy in the Greater Buffalo area, and the text of local author Lawrence Brooks new book: “Buffalo Niagara: Diagnosis & Prescription for Change” (available at local Barnes & Noble Booksellers).
“On Target with Penny Wolfgang” is a weekly public affairs show that discusses local issues that impact the Western New York Area, hosted by Supreme Court of Erie County Justice Penny M. Wolfgang. The show airs Saturday mornings form 6:00 A.M.-7:00 A.M. on local stations WKBW, 1520 AM, and WLKK, 107.7 F.M., and Sunday mornings from 6:00 A.M.-7:00 A.M. on local stations WKSE, 98.5 FM, and WTSS, 102.5 FM.
To listen to a podcast of this interview, visit www.espn1520.com, go to “Shows,” pick “On Target,” and scroll down under picture and select “click here to listen to podcasts.” Click on the name of the guest (Philip Haberstro) to listen.
B-Well Walking Program Receives State Recognition as “Best Practice”
The City of Buffalo’s B-Well Program, managed by The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, has been featured in the New York State Department of Health’s Spring 2016 Public Health Toolkit. The quarterly, online publication highlights the walking/walkability program as a best practice for public health professionals and community advocates.
Click here to view the complete Spring 2016 Public Health Toolkit, featuring information on:
- Healthy Nutrition
- Infant Immunization
- Spring Emergency Preparedness
Whether it's walking, running, rolling, or biking, there has never been a better time to Be Active in Buffalo and Western New York!