A Grand Idea in a Land Like Oz
From an article written by Carl Francis Penders:
“Is Buffalo a healthy community? asked Phillip L. Haberstro (lead image – right), The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo’s executive director. Weighing in too regarding the populace’s health was Larry Brooks, author of Buffalo Niagara: Diagnosis and Prescription for Change. Both Haberstro and Brooks referred to the University of Wisconsin’s Public Health Institute’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. The Institute rated Niagara and Erie County at 55 and 57 respectively out of 62 New York State counties.
A community’s health is determined by civic, economic, biological, and environmental factors said Haberstro. He asked listeners to consider the region’s social capital, a term from Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam which examines the trust people have in one another, and in agencies serving them. Equally important is reciprocity, a social capital yardstick measuring how well people work together.
To read the full article please visit BuffaloRising.com
Walking to Wellness Campaign Exceeds 2016 Goal!
Buffalo, NY: In 2016, the nonprofit Wellness Institute and community partners established a goal of 40 million steps to be taken by citizens of the region throughout the year. By leading walks in Erie County parks, shopping malls, the Buffalo-Niagara Medical campus and downtown Buffalo, the Wellness Institute and community partners, once again achieved their goal. Wellness Institute affiliate Explore Buffalo led the way contributing 36 million steps to the community goal. Refresh Magazine, Visit Buffalo Niagara and the City B-Well Program are among partners. (Additional partners always welcome.)
Wellness Institute Executive Director, Philip L. Haberstro noted: “In 2016 our “Walking to Wellness” initiative was recognized as a community best practice by the NYS Department of Health. Additionally, our staff member Sarah K. Martin was awarded an “America Walks” fellowship to strengthen our capability to improve walkability. Our Walking to Wellness 2017 goal will be announced in mid-January along with the release of a new walkability assessment DVD and toolkit. We are working strategically to increase physical activity by improving community walkability.”
Grand Island Citizen Science Meeting
Thank you to those who came out to the Grand Island Citizen Science Soil Study Meeting!
If you're interested in helping out and participating in the soil study please contact Jackie James Creedon.
Also, check out their Facebook and website!
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.