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!

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!

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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!

Economic Capital

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

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  • 07

    American Heart Association's Tobacco Tax Kick Off

    10:30 am-10:45 am
    December 7, 2020

    Join the AHA as we hear from guest speakers on how raising the state’s tobacco taxes will help public health. This is a great policy and investment in our future

    Monday, December 7th 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM on zoom

    Register Here!


  • 07

    WNY Anti-Vaping Coalition Virtual Meeting

    11:00 am-12:30 pm
    December 7, 2020

    Join the meeting where agencies and community organizations collaborate to reduce the vaping epidemic by providing current evidence-based education and resources for schools, youth, and families.

    For detailed information about the meeting, contact the BWELL4@ch.ci.buffalo.ny.us Or  Jenna.Brinkworth@RoswellPark.org

    See you there!


  • 07

    Staff Call

    12:30 pm-2:00 pm
    December 7, 2020

    Weekly check-ins during quarantine that help the team touch base on
    ongoing and potential activities. Contact us with questions, concerns, or feedback. BeActive@City-Buffalo.org

  • 10

    Mindfulness Alliance Health & Wellness Sector Meeting

    9:00 am-10:00 am
    December 10, 2020

    The Mindfulness Alliance promotes healthy mental health, mindfulness, and stress reduction behaviors in Western New York. The Health and Wellness Sector is a sub-group of the Alliance that focuses on overall health and how to integrate mental health supports into activities of daily living.

  • 12

    Free Grant Writing & Capacity Building Basics For Faith-Based & Grassroots Organizations

    10:00 am-12:00 pm
    December 12, 2020

    Free grant writing and grant writing workshop for faith-based and grassroots organizations. No experience required! Facilitated and hosted by Sara I. Taylor, BSW, MS

    Takes place Saturday, December 12th, 2020 via zoom, 10:00am-12:00pmEST

    Email KWOFL2020@gmail.com for information and free registration link by 12/8/20.

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Buffalo, NY  14202

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