Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Roswell Park Career Resources and Development Education  

By David Clarence Scott

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It has been said that when one neighbor helps another, we strengthen our communities. Roswell Park Cancer Institute is dedicated to being a good neighbor by building a strong, diverse workforce and reducing health care disparities in the Western New York community. 

   The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Roswell Park offers career and business development programs, including Community Career Development workshops, to help individuals choose the right career path based on their skills and interest,  creating effective cover letters and resumes, and develop interviewing and networking skills. The Diversity Office also partners with local businesses, including service- disabled veteran, and women- and minority-owned businesses, to help keep the economy growing in Buffalo .  The Community Career Development workshops are held monthly at The University of Buffalo Gateway Basement(77 Goodell Street) from 1pm to 3pm. Upcoming dates include: June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 14

   The Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research at Roswell Park offers community-based cancer prevention and information services to meet the needs of those most at risk for cancer. The Buffalo/Niagara Witness Project and Esperenza Y Vida are church and community-based programs to increase awareness of breast and cervical cancer in black and Hispanic women.

   Men Allied for the Need to Understand Prostate Cancer (MAN UP) is a prostate cancer education program for all men over the age of 40 with an emphasis on minority men due to higher risk.

For more information about these and other programs, please visit or call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724). For information on partnering with Roswell Park PCI or the Community Career Development workshops, call 716-845-4567. (Mr. Scott is Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Roswell Park Cancer Institute

African Heritage Food Co-Op Launched on the Eastside of Buffal

On August 12 the African Heritage Food Co-Op had its first pickup of fresh produce on Bailey and Kensington Ave. The Co-Op currently works with local farmers to bring healthy foods at affordable prices to the East Side of Buffalo.

For $30 (membership fee) members received large boxes of fresh fruit and produce directly from local area farms valued at between $50-$70 . They also have the option of having it delivered free of charge.

The African Heritage Food Co-Op is owned and operated by residents of the City of Buffalo. It is a Black owned enterprise created to combat the food deserts and price gouging inflicted upon our community, explains Alexander Wright , whoserves as president of theFood Co-Op

During an interview with Channel 7 Digital Report, Wright said that the “last straw” was when he saw an African American woman being disrespected in one of the corner stores.

The community he said, needs to own something together; something sustainable that we can be proud of and build upon. Their two to three year plan, he said, is to build a cooperative grocery store on the Eastside of Buffalo, employ residents and increase ownership by the actual people in the community.

Ultimately he said, the Co-Op envisions owing its own farm.

The Co-Op is hosting a meeting on Saturday, August 20 at 11 a.m. at the Johnnie B. Wiley facility on Jefferson and Best St. Persons interested in joining and or supporting the effort of these young visionaries are invited to attend.

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A Series of Free Fitness Classes for City Residents

In an effort to get city residents moving in the summer months, Mayor Byron W. Brown recently announced the launch of Summer City Fitness in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. Summer City Fitness aims to engage city residents in healthy activity by providing access to free fitness classes at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Perkins Park

The free fitness series features a mix of low- and high-impact classes, such as Zumba®, Pound, Pilates, and Aerobics.  Classes, taught by popular instructors from the city’s community, will take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Perkins Park from now through September 3. 

Classes are open to individuals of all ages, regardless of fitness level and experience. No pre-registration is required, individuals simply show up and jump in. In addition, free fruits and water will be provided to participants by Urban Fruits and Veggies.All classes are weather dependent. More information and a full calendar of fitness classes can be found at 

A Few Health Benefits From Lemons

The most beneficial way to use lemons, might be to just drink the juice as part of a tonic, which can be modified depending on the specific health issue you’re trying to solve.A tonic of lemon and water is a great way to start the day. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a glass of water and drink it down. The health benefits of lemon water first thing in the morning include:

•A stronger immune system

•Improved enzyme function, which helps flush out harmful toxins

•Reduced food cravings due to the presence of pectin fiber

•More energy 

•Improved digestion

•Increased iron absorption

Lemon water also has anti-inflammatory properties.


How to Make the Most of Your Mornings

by: Deepak Chopra, M.D.

If you tell people that every morning should be like Saturday, they'd find the suggestion hard to compute. For most people, weekdays start out hectically; it’s a time when they’re under pressure to get breakfast on the table, pack children off to school, and get to work on time. By contrast, Saturday morning is relaxed, a time when someone can cheerfully look forward to the rest of the day. In terms of balanced mind and body, it's important to close this disparity.

Let's rethink the most important elements of a typical morning.

Waking Up

Millions of people neglect or even ignore the importance of waking up refreshed after a good night's sleep. They push the envelope by going to bed too late and spending time in bed texting, reading emails, and catching up on work. If you deprive yourself of sleep, you throw your body out of balance, which has biochemical consequences. The brain is caught in limbo between being groggy and fully awake. This can upset hormonal balance, which can lead to disruptions in other parts of life, including losing control over your appetite. Impulse eating has a lot to do with imbalance between the hormones that make us feel hungry and not hungry.


We've all been conditioned that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is certainly true for growing children. For adults, who don’t have blood sugar issues, respecting your own body is a better rule. Experiment with less food or even skipping breakfast. There is growing respect for fasting diets that involve taking no food between dinner and lunch the next day. The theory is that the digestive system benefits from this long time off.

In any case, breakfast shouldn't be a meal where you consume sugar and excess fat, or too many calories. Skim milk, a piece of toast, and a cup of coffee may be all you need, or a veggie smoothie. The way to judge what is right for you is to assess your energy level halfway through the morning. If you feel an energy drop, you probably need a bite to eat, although for most people, losing energy a few hours after getting up indicates lack of sleep, not lack of food.

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 Time Schedules

Millions of people rush through their mornings, cramming as many tasks as they can in the shortest period of time. But this is the opposite of what a morning should be, which is the launch of a day where you feel happy, relaxed, and in control. If that's not your norm, rethink how you use your time in the morning. A good medium is to allow one and a half hours between waking up and going to work. In this time, you can fit in meditation, some stretching, a brief stroll outside, and other activities to settle your mind and feel centered. 

You might also sit and spend a few moments visualizing the rest of your day, seeing everything falling into place and working out well. Whatever puts pressure on you should be minimized, including catching up on work, emails, and texting. The morning is about renewal. If you make this your theme, you will find that hectic mornings are no longer necessary or desirable. 

Experts on happiness point out that a happy life is made up of happy days, not postponing happiness until the future. So being awake, relaxed, optimistic, and in control—all essential ingredients for a happy day—is something you owe yourself. Sit down with yourself, consult with your family, and see if you can find ways to make sure every morning comes closer to this ideal. 

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What’s The Big Deal About Going Vegan?

Recent studies show that more and more people in the U.S. are choosing to reduce or give up meat in their diet because of the growing body of evidence linking meat consumption to obesity, digestive problems, heart disease, some types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis, and early death.

There are 3 common reasons why people eat a vegan diet:

1. To protest the exploitation/cruelty of animals by the agricultural industry: There are reports of animal cruelty in many livestock operations. Ten billion animals are slaughtered every yearfor human consumption in the U.S.

2. To reduce the environmental costs of agriculture: According to the EPA, chemical and animal waste runoff pollutes more than 173,000 miles of rivers and streams annually and is the nation’s leading cause of impaired water quality. Nearly 20% of worldwide pollution is attributed to the meat industry. Resource use is a concern to vegans.

3. To improve their overall health and live a healthier life: The vegan diet is designed to eliminate many of the health risks associated with meat consumption, (such as higher risk of disease) and increase consumption of healthy raw foods like vegetables, nuts, grains and fruits. Vegans (and vegetarians) are known to have lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, lower body/mass indexes (less fat), and lower rates for type 2diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

What’s The Problems with Meat, Dairy, and Fish?

When red meat is consumed in excess quantities, it can cause a person to have higher than normal levels of cholesterol and saturated fats. Diets rich in animal fats are associated with higher risks for obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, and several types of cancer. Red meat also contains carnitine, which causes hardening of the arteries, and studies show that increased carnitine is associated with increased cardiovascular disease.

For Dairy Recent studies are showing that as many as 75 % of the world’s adult population may be lactose intolerant, which can cause a number of health problems. High intake of dairy products can raise an individual’s cholesterol levels which can lead to obesity, digestive problems, and heart disease. The problem comes from the combination of animal products derived from unhealthy animals and a diet high in refined sugar. Fish, although high in protein, can contain varying amounts of carcinogens like PCBs and DDT and also heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, lead, and cadmium. These contaminants are linked to cancer, reproductive problems, and neurological deficits.

With all the growing evidence pointing to the health hazards associated with a meat-centered diet, it is no wonder that more people are adopting a vegan (and vegetarian) diet. 

Recommended Reading 

    Total Nutrition – Make your own Homemade Multivitamin and Mineral Formula

    10 Vegan-Friendly Sources Of Protein

    Animal vs. Plant Protein – What’s Better?

    Dairy: 6 Reasons You Should Avoid It at all Costs – Dr. Mark Hyman