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Physical Therapists Seek to Close the Lid on America's Opioid Epidemic

Physical Therapists Seek to Close the Lid on America's Opioid Epidemic

(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!)

In response to a national public health epidemic of opioid misuse and abuse, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has launched a public education campaign, #ChoosePT, to raise awareness among patients and prescribers about physical therapy as a safe alternative for pain management.

Be Inspired by Outdoor Fitness at the Audubon Nature Center

Be Inspired by Outdoor Fitness at the Audubon Nature Center

Jamestown, NY – How many times have you made a resolution to get in shape, only to be overwhelmed by the challenges of realizing your goal?

If you’d like some help making exercise a priority, you’ll want to take part in Total Fitness at the Audubon Nature Center on Thursday morning, August 4.

Indoor Cycling Instructor and multi-sport outdoor enthusiast Susan Stancombe will lead this 9:15-11:15 a.m. workshop that begins in a coffee shop-like setting. She will review the benefits of open air exercise to both physical and mental wellbeing and introduce basic static and dynamic stretches that are valuable to any fitness program. Then she will go over how to dress for success in the outdoors, lest the four seasons scare you into the gym.

Gym-free Fitness Ideas Anyone Can Do

Gym-free Fitness Ideas Anyone Can Do

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Visiting a gym to lift weights or take a class is great for your health. However, busy schedules, tight budgets and simply not feeling like the gym environment is for you are reasons that frequently cause people to stop going. Fortunately, being fit doesn't require the gym!

Tavis Piattoly, a sports dietitian, expert nutritionist and co-founder of My Sports Dietitian, offers some no-fuss ideas for staying healthy without the gym.

Rural Outreach Center, Veterans One-stop Center Offering Services for Veterans

Rural Outreach Center, Veterans One-stop Center Offering Services for Veterans

A wide variety of helpful services for U.S. military veterans and their spouses are now being offered by the Rural Outreach Center (ROC), located at 730 Olean Road, East Aurora. The outreach program is administered by the Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York.

“The Veterans One-stop professionals are exceptional at navigating a complex system and assisting our veterans and their families,” said Frank Cerny, board chairman of the ROC. “We are pleased to extend their outreach into the rural areas of Western New York through the ROC.”

Four Ways to Make a Healthier You This Summer

Four Ways to Make a Healthier You This Summer

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Warmer weather is finally here, which means it's time to toss off those extra layers from both your wardrobe and yourself so you can find a healthier you this season. To do so, add these tips to your daily routine as soon as possible.

• Find your starting point. Before you can improve your health, you first need to realize where you are starting from. Create your own health profile by seeing your doctor for your annual physical. Record your height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and other important levels. Then monitor your numbers throughout the season to see how they improve.

Erie County Clerk, AAAWCNY, AT&T, Sheriff’s Office, NYS Police Host Distracted Driving Awareness Day

Erie County Clerk, AAAWCNY, AT&T, Sheriff’s Office, NYS Police Host Distracted Driving Awareness Day

County Clerk Chris Jacobs and AAA Western and Central New York teamed up with AT&T, Erie County Sheriff’s Department and New York State Police to raise awareness for AAA’s 100 Deadliest Days for Drivers - the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb, the AT&T “It Can Wait” campaign and state distracted driving laws. Distracted Driving Awareness Day in Western New York was hosted May 3 at the Erie County Auto Bureau in the Town of Tonawanda, where young drivers, parents and all those that visited the auto bureau were educated about the dangers of distracted driving.

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.