Healthy living and summer safety

Healthy living and summer safety is focus of Good for the Neighborhood event

BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 4, 2011) – Healthy living and summer safety is the focus of the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood program from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011, at West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include mini-discussions on lead safety, healthy homes, and skin cancer prevention. The Buffalo Police Athletic League (PAL) will provide 50 children’s bike helmets on a first-come first-served basis and a bike will be raffled off.

Representatives from the Erie County Health Department, Buffalo PAL, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Upstate New York Transplant Services, Parent Network of Western New York, EPIC for Children, and American Cancer Society will be available. In addition to free health screenings, the event will also includes activities for children, Ask the Pharmacist and a farmers’ market with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Good for the Neighborhood brings health and wellness programs to residents in underserved areas to improve their health. This program is made possible in part by AstraZeneca and The John R. Oishei Foundation. For more information on this event, please call the Foundation at 635-4959. Participants need not be members of Independent Health to take part in Good for the Neighborhood activities.

Established in 1992, the Independent Health Foundation works to improve the health and well being of Western New York residents through health awareness, prevention, wellness education and other programs focused on community health priorities. For more information on the Foundation’s activities, visit