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Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Imagine having only $6.36 a day to spend on food, living in a house that only heated up to 60 degrees, not having reliable transportation, or not owning a winter coat or boots. For more than 200,000 Western New Yorkers, this is daily life.  

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), which serves the southern communities of Western New York, is raising awareness about the challenges of living in poverty through a new community-wide campaign during the month of January 2017 called “ROC Resolutions.” During each week of the month, the spotlight will shine on a different obstacle often encountered by those living in poverty. Week one (Jan. 2-8) will focus on food, while week two (Jan. 9-15) will focus on utilities, week three (Jan. 16-22) on transportation, and week four (Jan. 23-30) on clothing.

Legislator Lorigo Announces $7,000 for the Rural Outreach Center

Legislator Lorigo Announces $7,000 for the Rural Outreach Center

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo announced that the Legislature has supported his request to allocate $7,000 for the Rural Outreach Center in the 2017 Erie County budget. The Legislature approved the request at their annual budget meeting to support the center’s efforts to combat rural poverty and help residents through various services.  

“I thought it was critical that the county continued to fund the Rural Outreach Center as it does so much for families in rural Erie County. I am pleased that my colleagues supported this request and I know the funding will benefit many families who are working to get back on their own two feet,” said Legislator Lorigo. 

ROC Receives Grant From Ronald McDonald House Charities

ROC Receives Grant From Ronald McDonald House Charities

McDonald’s franchise owner Joe Ferrino, left, recently presented a check for $3,500 on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY to Frank Cerny, executive director of the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora. The funds will support the ROC’s outreach to and support of children, including the play therapy, winter readiness and back-to-school backpack programs. Part of the ROC's strategic plan is to focus on children to break the cycle of generational poverty. 

Is Your Home Ready for the Long Winter Months Ahead?

Is Your Home Ready for the Long Winter Months Ahead?

Like it or not, the long, cold winter months are right around the corner. Is your house ready to take on the elements?

“The overall energy efficiency of the home is crucial, especially when entering the winter season,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services, 67 Sheldon Ave., Depew. “The sooner any needed work is completed, the sooner the homeowner will begin realizing both the financial and comfort benefits. For example, a home insulated with cellulose or spray foam and properly sized heating equipment has been proven to save an estimated 20 to 30 percent off utility bills.”

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

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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.