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Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease. 

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Philanthropist & Restaurateur, Russell Salvatore, to Lead this Year's Suneel’s Light Celebrity Gala

Suneel’s Light, a Western New York non-profit foundation with the mission of raising funds for research that will lead to a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and to increase public awareness of the genetic disease, has announced that local philanthropist and nationally renowned restaurateur, Russell Salvatore will serve as the 2016 Honorary Chairman of Suneel’s Celebrity Gala, the Foundation’s annual “Dancing with the Stars” inspired fundraiser. Peter M. Vito, retired commissioner of Erie County Central Police Services and chairman and CEO of Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc., and his wife Elizabeth R. Donatello, Esq. Niagara County Assistant District Attorney were also named Event Chairs. Funds raised by Suneel’s Celebrity Gala in Buffalo help this local non-profit foundation support critical research for treatments in search of a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal genetic childhood disease. 

Daemen Transitions to Tobacco-Free Campus

Daemen Transitions to Tobacco-Free Campus

As a major initiative in fostering a healthy college environment, Daemen College has implemented a new tobacco-free policy, effective Sept. 6, 2016.

In doing so, Daemen joins more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. that have made a strong commitment to promoting the health and well-being of their college community by creating a 100 percent tobacco-free campus.

“In light of the many health risks associated with tobacco use, creating a campus environment that’s clean and free from tobacco products is key to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “The courtesy and cooperation of everyone on campus will contribute to making this a successful transition, and we will provide the collegial support needed to members of the Daemen community who may find this change to be challenging.”

New Initiative Aims to Reduce Repeat Heart Attacks

New Initiative Aims to Reduce Repeat Heart Attacks

(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!)

Every 42 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack — but you needn’t be among them. 

Consider this: Julie Kubala was one of those statistics. She’s working now to ensure she doesn’t become a different stat — about 21 percent of women and 17 percent of men age 45 and older will have another heart attack within five years of their first one.

To help, the American Heart Association (AHA) launched a new educational campaign aimed at reducing the number of repeat or recurrent heart attacks by arming survivors with simple but effective steps.

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

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

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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.

ProActive Sports Rehab to Open New Office in West Seneca

ProActive Sports Rehab to Open New Office in West Seneca

ProActive Sports Rehab, physical and rehabilitation specialists serving the Western New York community, will open a new office in West Seneca on Aug. 1.

ProActive’s new office will be located at 1900 Ridge Road, Suite 116, West Seneca, in the Seneca Square Plaza. Its office at 4535 Southwestern Blvd., Suites 805 and 806, in Hamburg will also remain open, while the company’s Orchard Park office will close as of July 28.

Established in 2005, ProActive Sports Rehab is owned and operated by West Seneca resident Jeffrey Kirchmyer, PT, and Buffalo resident Anthony Goode, PT/ATC. 

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.