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Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

Get Moving! Six Ways to Add Steps to Your Day

Get Moving! Six Ways to Add Steps to Your Day

(ProActive Sports Rehab offers a weekly column promoting health, fitness and physical therapy. Please be sure to check back each week for a new topic!)

If you spend a large portion of your day sitting, you're not alone. Inactivity is one of the key factors contributing to the nation's high rate of obesity and its related health effects. Research shows 50 to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours a day sitting, and 20 to 35 percent spend four or more hours a day watching TV.

Good Posture is Key to Avoiding Common Injuries

Good Posture is Key to Avoiding Common Injuries

Most people think that injuries come from one specific incident, but the truth is a large percentage of injuries occur over a long period of time due to poor posture or repetitive injuries. Good posture is key when trying to avoid these injuries.

Postural injuries can include lower back pain, hip pain, shoulder impingement, neck and arm pain, elbow tendonitis, carpal tunnel and more.

Greater East Aurora Chamber Plans Annual Health LIVE Event

Greater East Aurora Chamber Plans Annual Health LIVE Event

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s second annual “Health LIVE! Jump into the Healthy Zone” event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Healthy Zone Ice Rink on Riley Street in the village.

“Health LIVE! is a fun and interactive family event to promote health and fitness,” said Gary Grote, executive director of the Greater East Aurora Chamber. “In addition to demonstrations and fun activities for all ages, we’ll have many vendors on site to provide helpful information and answer any questions you may have.” 

Additionally, visitors will receive a “passport” that will be stamped when they visit various attractions and booths during the event, with completed passports eligible for prizes!

Wellness Council of America Recognizes Lawley as a “Well Workplace”

Buffalo, N.Y. (April 14, 2016) – Lawley, a Top 100 independent insurance broker in the United States according to Business Insurance, was recently announced as a recipient of the Wellness Council of America’s (WELCOA) “Well Workplace” award. Lawley is one of nine companies in the U.S. to receive the award, which recognizes companies taking responsibility for maximizing the health and wellness of its employees.

 

Good Joints Seen as Key Link in Healthy Aging

Good Joints Seen as Key Link in Healthy Aging

(ProActive Sports Rehab offers a weekly column promoting health, fitness and physical therapy. Please be sure to check back each week for a new topic!)

Exercise has been identified as a key component of aging gracefully, and has been linked with not only improved physical health but also better cognitive performance. The maintenance of fully functioning joints is an important part of enabling active seniors to participate in health-promoting athletic activity, experts agree.

Loss of a child to addiction disrupts natural order

When a couple make the decision to have a child, a natural plan begins to fall into place. With great anticipation they wait for that happy plan to become reality — birthdays, elementary school, high school, college, marriage and eventually grandchildren. Never does that plan include the devastating loss of a child due to addiction.

Day after day we hear about opiate-related deaths in our region and across the country.  Children are dying outside of the “natural order,” and when it occurs it sends people into a tailspin. We’re just not supposed to outlive our children. 

While there is really no “getting over” such a loss, you can begin to integrate it into your life. It’s important to understand that grief is a long journey and finding normalcy takes time. You don't wake up one day and everything's good again.