Phil Haberstro -Founder
We are deeply saddened to announce that Our Founder and Board Chair,  Phil Haberstro,  passed away.
Phil dedicated his life to helping others. He wanted people to be happy and healthy. For 30+ years he worked to make our community a better place to live.
He took time to teach us about social capital and Phil had so much of that. Lifelong friends from all over know the legacy that he left.
We extend our condolences to his wife Bonnie and all of his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Phil.

You helped so much more than you will ever know. Thank you Phil!


We are encouraging all anyone who knew Phil to come together and help us make sure his legacy lives on by donating $30 for the 30 years he led the Wellness Institute. 


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The Healthy Communities Movement began in America in 1989, and is a global movement to address community health and quality of life. The Healthy Communities Movement is a strategic and comprehensive method to improve community health because it focuses on the social, environmental, economic, and human health dimensions that contribute to a community’s health!

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Social Capital is the networks of relationships and social supports we have based on norms of trust and reciprocity. Positive Social Capital is associated with positive health!

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  • An Empowering Approach to Pain Management: Integrative Health & Healing with Theresa Oswald, MD

    6:00 pm-9:00 am
    October 25, 2019-October 27, 2019
    841 Delaware Ave #2007, Buffalo, NY 14209

    An Empowering Approach to Pain Management: Integrative Health & Healing with Theresa Oswald, MD

    October 25-27 (4-part seminar)

    Persistent pain can affect all aspects of our life leading to frustration and isolation. This seminar shines a new light on pain treatment options that activate the body’s innate healing power. Drawing from modern science and the healing traditions of yoga and Ayurveda, this holistic approach of nutritional wisdom, stress mastery, positive psychology and purposeful movement can unlock your healing potential and provide lasting solutions to persistent conditions such as chronic back pain, fibromyalgia and arthritis.

    In this experiential seminar, learn how the mind-body connection can help you activate your healing response and reverse habitual reactions to pain. Through lecture and gentle practice sessions, discover the knowledge and tools to experience better sleep quality, greater endurance, and increased capacity for activity, while letting go of fears related to movement. This combination of evidence-based theory and mindful movement makes the seminar invaluable for yoga teachers, massage therapists, family members and other caregivers to more effectively assist individuals experiencing various forms of chronic pain.

    Theresa Oswald, MD, is a resident faculty physician of the Himalayan Institute. She is also the founder and president of Knowledge as Medicine (KnowledgeAsMedicine.com). As an integrative medicine physician with 30 years of experience, Dr. Oswald helps people improve function and reduce pain. A graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, she completed her residency training at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Northwestern University.

    She is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as in integrative medicine. Her career as a physiatrist has been spent creating and implementing new ways to help optimize her patients’ functioning in all areas of health: body, mind, and spirit. She is a staff physician at PureRejuv Wellness Center, the holistic medical clinic on the grounds of the Himalayan Institute.

    To register, click here.

  • Annual Senior Citizens Halloween Party

    10:00 am-3:00 pm
    October 31, 2019
    585 Williams Street, Buffalo, New York

    Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen presents:

    The Annual Senior Citizens Halloween Party

    October 31st, 2019- 10AM til 3PM

    Cost: FREE admission with ticket only

    Prizes for Best Costume 1st, 2nd & 3rd

    Food & Snacks Served

    Gift Basket Raffles and Wellness Walk

    Call 845-5440 for more information


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