Independent Health's Community Partnerships

At Independent Health, we are dedicated to helping improve the health of the Western New York (WNY) community. Our partnerships with various organizations across the area offer a number of opportunities that allow us to promote health and wellness and get others engaged in their health.

We are working together to provide the education, support and tools individuals need to lead healthier lives. Below are some of the valued partnerships we’ve created in the community.

Biggest Loser

Inspired by NBC’s hit weight-loss series, "The Biggest Loser," the Biggest Loser Resort Niagara focuses on exercise, healthy nutrition and education. The rigorous program engages participants in their own health and gives them the tools they need to adopt lifestyle changes to stay healthy and reduce their risk of chronic disease. For more information on the resort, visit

Buffalo Bills

Independent Health is excited to be the official health and wellness partner of the Buffalo Bills! Together, we aim to better the health and well-being of the Western New York community through a variety of initiatives, including the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge, a community-wide fitness and nutrition program to encourage healthy living.

In addition, the Buffalo Bills and Independent Health will also work together to encourage physical activity and healthy eating among our community’s youth in school and at home through the Independent Health Foundation’s Fitness for Kids Challenge and the Buffalo Bills Play 60 Challenge.

Healthy Options® at New Era Field 
Concession stands throughout the stadium will now feature Healthy Options menu items – chicken tacos, smoked turkey wraps, veggie burgers and more – that are lower in fat, cholesterol and sodium. Just look for the orange Healthy Options sticker!

Check back for additional partnership happenings! You will also be able to find information at

Buffalo Museum of Science

Independent Health’s partnership with the Buffalo Museum of Science has brought a new and exciting venue to educate individuals and families about the importance of getting and staying healthy.

Explore YOU
Explore YOU presented by Independent Health is the Health Sciences-themed studio within the Buffalo Museum of Science. It offers visitors a hands-on experience to explore all there is to know about the human body, ways to stay healthy and advances in life-changing medical technology.

For more information, visit the Buffalo Museum of Science’s Explore YOU page.

Explore Together 

This event series brings education and information on health and wellness topics to the Museum.

Check out what was covered at the last event and see what’s coming up on our Explore Together page.

Larkin Square

Independent Health is proud to partner with Larkin Square to sponsor the many fun-filled and educational events that are offered, and to help bring healthy initiatives to the Square all year long!

Healthy Options at Food Truck Tuesdays
Independent Health and Larkin Square are collaborating with participating food trucks to help them offer Healthy Options menu items, so it’s easier than ever to make a healthy choice! Through the Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options program, local restaurants – and now food trucks during Food Truck Tuesdays – are offering items that are considered to be lower in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Outer Harbor Buffalo

As the official health and wellness partner of the Outer Harbor, we’re working together to offer the WNY community a variety of healthy outdoor activities!

  • Get moving on the 2-mile Independent Health Wellness Trail, which begins at Wilkeson Pointe and stretches just past Bell Slip. Take in the sounds and sights of nature along the Lake Erie shoreline as you run, walk, bike and more!
  • In the summer, you can participate in FREE outdoor fitness classes, presented by Independent Health, every Wednesday and Saturday at Wilkeson Pointe; as well as rent kayaks, paddleboards and hydro bikes (Independent Health members receive a discount by showing their ID card).
Learn more at

Reddy Bikeshare

Independent Health has partnered with Shared Mobility, Inc. to launch Reddy Bikeshare, a program that’s bringing 200 GPS-enabled bicycles to the streets of Buffalo for short-term, shared use. This innovative program provides local residents and visitors with an alternate form of transportation that supports healthy, active lifestyles while also offering a fun and easy way to explore the waterfront, downtown, and surrounding neighborhoods. Independent Health members are eligible to receive a discount on annual memberships. Learn more at

Buffalo RiverWorks

Independent Health and Buffalo RiverWorks have teamed up to offer fun and healthy activities all year long!

As part of this new partnership, Independent Health and Buffalo RiverWorks will work together to promote health and wellness through various seasonal activities that take advantage of the space in and around Buffalo RiverWorks. This includes kayaking and paddle boarding along the Buffalo River in the summer, and ice skating and curling on Buffalo RiverWorks’ two outdoor ice rinks in the winter. Independent Health members can show their ID card to receive a discount on the following activities:


Single Kayak
  • hourly rate $16 (non-member $20)
  • three hour rate $28 (non-member $35)
  • daily rate $44 (non-member $55)
Tandem Kayak
  • hourly rate $20 (non-member $25)
  • three hour rate $36 (non-member $45)
  • daily rate $52 (non-member $65)
Paddle Boards
  • hourly rate $16 (non-member $20)
  • three hour rate $30 (non-member rate $38)
  • daily rate $48 (non-member rate $60)
  • hourly rate $16 (non-member $20)
  • three hour rate $28 (non-member $35)
  • daily rate $44 (non-member $55)
Double Hydro Bikes
  • hourly rate $20 (non-member $25)
  • three hour rate $36 (non-member rate $45)
  • daily rate $52 (non-member rate $65)


  • Open skate and skate rentals – $4 each (non-member $5)
  • Skate and Shoot – $8 (non-member $10)
  • Learn to Curl – $20 session (non-member $25)

Buffalo RiverWorks is a 60,000 square-foot, multi-purpose space that also features an indoor roller derby track and a martial arts dojo, along with a restaurant, four bars, and concession area that will feature Healthy Options® menu items.

Slow Roll Buffalo

Independent Health is a proud sponsor of Slow Roll Buffalo, a FREE group bicycle ride that encourages Western New Yorkers to see our beautiful city by bike!

The group meets at different venues every Monday night, from May through October, and takes a unique route throughout the city. The slow pace of 8-10 mph encourages all ages, skill levels and bicycles to join in on this healthy, fun and positive community event.

More information can be found on Slow Roll Buffalo’s website or Facebook page.


At Independent Health, we realize physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. That’s why we’ve partnered with YMCA Buffalo Niagara on the following initiatives, to connect with the community through health and wellness activities and offer more ways in which people can engage in their health.

Independent Health Family Branch YMCA
This two-story facility features two 7,700-square-foot gymnasiums, an indoor track, a fitness center and weight room, two swimming pools, aerobic studios, and a spa and massage therapy room. To learn more, visit the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA website.

Fitness in the Parks
Each summer, the community is invited to participate in our series of FREE weekly exercise classes – boot camp, yoga, Zumba® and more – led by YMCA certified instructors at parks throughout WNY. For more details, check out our Fitness in the Parks page.