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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!

Social/Civic Capital

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!

Economic Capital

Our economy influences our health and quality of life through (un)employment, stress, mental health, and access to healthy foods and safety!

Human Capital

Human ‘Capital’ is best measured by human health! This health is multidimensional: it includes physical, mental, social, and emotional health to support healthy and happy communities!

Environmental Capital

Our environment incorporates our air, water, and soil quality, and also focuses on our built environment like sidewalk safety, access to healthy grocery stores and quality schools!

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Wellness Events

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  • Drums Along The Waterfront

    6:30 pm-10:00 pm
    August 4, 2019
    1 Bills Dr, Orchard Park, NY 14127

    For nearly a half century, Drum Corps International, Marching Music’s Major League™, has been the leader in producing events for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers.

    Thirteen original founding member organizations formed the Drum Corps International collective in 1971 to organize and unify leadership for youth-focused competitive drum corps events throughout North America. Directors of those competing groups sought to unite their corps by providing opportunities to perform together—in the end building a foundation for future success.

    A non-profit entity was officially established in 1972, and today DCI supports numerous programs around the globe while sanctioning participating recognized drum corps, SoundSport® performance ensembles and DrumLine Battle™ teams performing in more than 100 competitive events that make up the annual Drum Corps International Tour.

    With a vast reach online at DCI.org, through corporate sponsorship, annual broadcast initiatives, and outreach to high school music programs, Drum Corps International delivers the message of “excellence in performance and in life” to more than 7.2 million young people, ages 13-22 involved in the performing arts across the United States.

  • 2019 Mental Health & Wellness Fair

    10:00 am-2:00 pm
    August 6, 2019
    415 Main St Buffalo, NY 14203

    Tuesday, August 6th

    10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

    Lafayette Square (Rain or Shine)

    Connect with BPD Crisis Intervention Team and over 2 dozen area health care service providers. Understand good mental health and learn how to improve your own mental health,

    Includes: Health screenings and information, therapy dogs, fun and fit activities!

  • Explore Buffalo Summer Fundraiser

    6:00 pm-9:00 pm
    August 8, 2019

    Spend a summer evening “Wright on the water” with Explore Buffalo and enjoy the sunset over the Niagara River and Lake Erie!

    This fundraising event supports Explore Buffalo. Includes: food, music, and 15 minute boat cruises. Visit the event link to purchase tickets.

  • Community Walk, Roll N’Ride!

    6:15 pm-7:15 pm
    August 15, 2019
    36 Young St, Tonawanda, NY 14150
    Who: Everyone; all ages, abilities, and families are welcome to participate in this FREE event
    What: a guided walk (approx 30-50 min) along the Niagara River Greenway
    When & Where: Meet at 6:15 pm; Walk starts & ends at the Intermodal hub in the City of Tonawanda
    Why: Enjoy some health physical activity and explore our beautiful Niagara River Greenway
  • Mindfulness Leadership & You

    9:30 am-12:00 pm
    August 27, 2019
    40 South Grove Street East Aurora, NY 14052

    The term mindfulness has become a buzzword, but do you really know what it means? Lisa Napora, PhD, will break the myths from the facts and show how mindfulness has become a foundational component of leadership.

    During this workshop, you will discover self-care methods and gain practical tools to apply to your daily lives. RSVP on EventBrite.


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Lucy Connery, Executive Director
65 Niagara Square, Room 607
Buffalo, NY  14202

Phone: 716-851-4052