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Independent Health Releases Report on Efforts to Combat Diabetes

Independent Health Releases Report on Efforts to Combat Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 22, 2011) – Independent Health released a report today on the rising prevalence of diabetes nationally and locally, and detailed the positive results of the health plan’s efforts to promote better diabetes care, management and prevention to improve care and reduce costs.  The report is titled, “Combating an Epidemic and ‘Bending the Trend’ on Costs Associated with Diabetes.”

Diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans and research indicates one in three children born in the United States will develop diabetes in their lifetime if current trends continue. Those diagnosed will spend 2.3 times more on medical costs than those without diabetes. Statistics like these highlight the importance of taking action to curtail the damaging impact diabetes has on quality of life and health care costs.

Include Your Pets in Your Evacuation and Disaster Planning

Include Your Pets in Your Evacuation and Disaster Planning

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

All too often when a disaster strikes, our four-legged friends are left to fend for themselves and sometimes end up lost, injured or killed. The best way to avoid this tragic scenario is to have a well-thought-out disaster plan that includes Fido, so you know where to go and what to take. 

Expert to Lead Strategic Planning Session for EA Cooperative Market

Expert to Lead Strategic Planning Session for EA Cooperative Market

This weekend, renowned cooperative market consultant Bill Gessner will lead the East Aurora Co-op Board of Directors, committee members, volunteers and other key individuals through an intense two-day strategic planning session.  Lead consultant for Cooperative Development Services in Minnesota, Gessner has more than 20 years of experience assisting 250-plus co-op expansion projects.  His primary focus is assisting food co-ops in the planning and implementation of expansion, relocation, and new store projects through a systematic approach that includes assessing feasibility and timeline management. He said, “I continue to be inspired by the people I work with in the food co-ops and their communities. What excites me is combining the business and community aspects of the cooperative model to help co-ops develop and grow.”

Seasonal Beers Calorie Guide: Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head and More

Seasonal Beers Calorie Guide: Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head and More

Labor Day is behind us and lazy summer mornings have been replaced with bus stops full of excited children and brisk morning dew on the grass. Yep, that is right summer is drawing to a close and autumn is approaching. Adult evenings poolside with a 100 calorie light beer are slowly being replaced with adult evenings fireside with an heavier beer, such as locally brewed EBC Octoberfest or Southern Tier Harvest Ale. As the transition to fall flavors approaches it is important to understand what effects these fall-delights can have on your diet.

Drinks and snacks reminiscent with fall are often heavier. They give us a sense of warmth and coziness........

Apple Picking Around Town

Apple Picking Around Town

Whether it’s the upcoming autumnal equinox, the cinnamon broomsticks at the local grocery stores, the cooler air, or the fact that the sun is setting earlier, there is no doubt that September marks the coming of fall.

Coincidentally, September also marks the prime time for apple picking and many local Western New York farmers are opening their orchards to the public. 

Below is a list of farms in our area that are open to the public this fall:

Chautauqua County

  • Chadakoin Farms - apples, grapes, pre-picked produce.
    10459 Prospect Road, Forestville, NY 14062. Phone: (716) 965-2674. Email: chadakoin@roadrunner.com. Directions: Follow Route 39 into the Village of Forestville. Turn right onto Prospect Road. 1/2 mile outside the Village of Forestville.

Come and Dive In at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre

Come and Dive In at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre

The Canada Games Aquatic Centre in nearby London, Ontario, is truly a world-class swimming and diving facility, host to a multitude of top-level meets, including the 2001 Canada Summer Games. And how cool is this: The Olympic-sized pool is specially equipped so workers can change the configuration for a multitude of uses, and uses a moveable floor to vary the depth! 

Water is kept at a comfortable temperature — around 83 degrees. The deep end features one-meter and three-meter springboards as well as three-meter and five-meter platforms. Visit during Forest City dive practices or competitions and watch the athletes soar from the 7.5- and 10-meter platforms! 

Work Your Spirit and Stretch Your Soul at Healing Waters

Work Your Spirit and Stretch Your Soul at Healing Waters

On Saturday morning, I opened my eyes to the early sunlight, stretched my arms, my legs, and my back – waited for the cracks to ripple through my joints in all the tight places, and then got out of bed to greet the day. I put on a comfortable cotton shirt and my favorite yoga pants, found my flip flops, and packed my yoga mat into my Corolla. With the radio on, I backed out my driveway, and danced in my seat to Marron 5’s “Good Life” as my Corolla and I cruised through the open back roads of the Southtowns to the Healing Waters Yoga Studio in East Aurora.