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‘5 to Drive’ Campaign Helps Parents Protect Teen Drivers

‘5 to Drive’ Campaign Helps Parents Protect Teen Drivers

 

The Resource Training Center, based in Amherst, is joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to promote the “5 to Drive” campaign during National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 18-24. The campaign aims to help parents talk to their teen drivers about the rules of the road.

“Even though your teens might be gaining some independence and getting older, protecting them from harm shouldn’t stop now,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center and “Alive at 25,” a program created specifically for young drivers. “The ‘5 to Drive’ campaign will give parents the tools they need to keep their teen drivers safe.”

Football Game Days End Safely When a Designated Driver is Part of Your Team

Football Game Days End Safely When a Designated Driver is Part of Your Team

 

We’re about to enter another season here in Western New York and across the country — football season! Whether you’re a season ticket holder or watching the game in a bar with family and friends, there’s one individual that no winning team can be without, and that’s a designated driver.

“While game day is always a highly anticipated event, it is also a day frequently associated with heavy drinking, reckless behavior, drinking and driving, and an increase in motor vehicle crashes,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. “If alcohol is part of your game day, plan ahead and plan on having a sober ride that will get you home safe and sound.

Back-To-School Tips Keep Kids Healthy, Safe

Back-To-School Tips Keep Kids Healthy, Safe

With the final days of summer upon us, back-to-school items are already popping up on store shelves. Pediatricians at Catholic Health remind families that getting their child scheduled for back to a school physical should be on their checklist.

The annual physical allows the pediatrician to monitor your child’s height, weight, hearing, and vision, as well address any emotional, developmental, or social concerns. These exams also address preventative issues and help regulate pre-existing conditions like asthma and allergies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends school age children should get a physical at least once every two years. “Create a list of items to discuss with your child’s pediatrician,” recommended Jack F. Coyne, MD, chairman of Pediatrics for Catholic Health. Dr. Coyne noted that parents should consider the following questions at their child’s physical appointment:

Are there any vaccines my child may need for this visit or in the future?

Kenmore Mercy Hosts M.A.S.H. Camp for Local Students

Kenmore Mercy Hosts M.A.S.H. Camp for Local Students

Students from Sacred Heart High School got a behind the scenes look at the medical industry today during a tour of Kenmore Mercy Hospital. It's part of Catholic Health's MASH Camp, which stands for Medical Academy of Science and Health. The program gives students the opportunity to meet with working health professionals, participate in hands-on demonstrations, and tour various departments within the hospital, to see if a future career in healthcare might be right for them.

Today, they visited one of the hospital's new operating rooms, seen here, where they learned the inner workings of an OR. 

WNY VegFest 2015 – A Sustainable Awakening

WNY VegFest 2015 – A Sustainable Awakening

 

When people think of Buffalo, NY, they often think of a tumultuous amount of snow, chicken wings, and the losing streak of the Buffalo Bills. What many don’t know is that the city is rich with different cultures and an immense diversity of amazing food! Each summer promises various food festivals as an opportunity to venture out and experience something new, and in 2014 one group decided to take this a step further.

 

WNY VegFest merges Vegetarian and Vegan with a clean, sustainable, and healthy lifestyle. The event brought over 5,000 people to Delaware Park last year and expects an even larger turnout this year.

 

StreetPoetz.Com founder, Cece Carson, had a moment to speak with Albert Brown, one of the co-founders of WNY Vegfest and he provided insight into the birth of this astounding event.

 

Catholic Charities Breastfeeding Walks, Healthy Baby Festivals set for July 31, Aug. 5

Catholic Charities Breastfeeding Walks, Healthy Baby Festivals set for July 31, Aug. 5

Family fun walks, children’s activities, games, education, community resource tables and prizes are all part of the annual Breastfeeding Walks & Healthy Baby Festivals hosted by Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. The events will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 31 in Delaware Park in Buffalo and on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in Hyde Park in Niagara Falls.

The Buffalo walk and festival will be at the Colvin Avenue and Amherst Street entrance of Delaware Park, and the Niagara Falls event will be held in Hyde Park near the splash pad at Hyde Park Boulevard and Pine Avenue.
All are invited to attend, especially families, caregivers and anyone in support of a healthy start for babies or who would like to learn more about breastfeeding.

‘Double Up Food Bucks’ Returns to Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market on July 4

‘Double Up Food Bucks’ Returns to Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market on July 4

 

The popular Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, July 4. Hours at the open-air market, a program of the Elmwood Village Association, are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through November. 

The “Double Up Food Bucks” program is back for a second season and will be available at the market from July 4 through the end of October. The program provides low-income individuals who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with a $1 for $1 match (up to $20) to purchase fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. Please visit the Elmwood Village Association table at the market for details.