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.


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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.

Member Discounts
Independent Health members can save 20 percent off the resort’s weight loss program, and eligible members can use their Health ExtrasSM card to help cover the costs.

For more information on the resort, visit https://www.biggestloserresort.com/the-resort/


Bills & Independent Health

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 Western New York through a variety of initiatives, including the Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge. This six-week program is offered twice each year, in the spring and fall, and encourages healthy living with a focus on fitness and nutrition. It’s free to join and open to the community!

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

Looking for something healthy? Concession stands throughout the stadium feature a variety of Healthy Options® menu items that are lower in fat, cholesterol, and sodium – just look for the orange sticker! Stop by the Miller Lite Brew Pub to try the healthy Turkey Chili!

Member Discounts
Independent Health members can save 15 percent off their purchase at the official Bills store just by showing their member ID card! This discount excludes jerseys, already discounted/marked down items and special edition/make products.

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


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Buffalo Museum of Science

Independent Health’s partnership with the Buffalo Museum of Science is helping 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.

Community Health Day
This FREE annual event works to educate families on health and wellness topics through interactive activities, games, giveaways and more! Check out what was covered at the last event and see what’s coming up on our Community Health Day page.

Member Discounts
Independent Health members can save 10 percent on an annual membership to the museum by showing their member ID card.


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Buffalo RiverWorks

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

As part of this partnership, we are working 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.

Member Discounts
Independent Health members can show their ID card to receive a discount on the following activities:

SUMMER ACTIVITY DISCOUNTS:

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)
Hydro Bikes
  • hourly rate $16 (non-member $20)
  • three hour rate $28 (non-member $35)
  • daily rate $44 (non-member $55)
Double Hydro Bikes
  • hourly rate $30 (non-member $36)
  • three hour rate $36 (non-member rate $45)
  • daily rate $52 (non-member rate $65)

WINTER ACTIVITY DISCOUNTS:
  • 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 features Healthy Options® menu items.


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GObike Buffalo

Healthier bodies and a cleaner environment? It’s the best of both worlds! As presenting sponsor of GObike Buffalo, we helped a great idea blossom into a successful non-profit that focuses on bringing environmentally-friendly transportation options to the City of Buffalo.

The SkyRide
The SkyRide, presented by Independent Health, is an annual bike ride which provides participants the opportunity to ride the Skyway, Scajaquada Expressway and Kensington Expressway on a unique city-wide tour. This is GObike Buffalo’s signature event and largest annual fundraiser.

GObike Buffalo is also heavily involved with Slow Roll Buffalo and Reddy Bikeshare, two programs that are also sponsored by Independent Health, for which the non-profit has helped with by distributing bicycle safety accessories (e.g., lights, helmets, locks) and clearing debris from neighborhoods and streets.

Member Discounts
Independent Health members can save 10 percent off bicycling events, like SkyRide, and eligible members can use their Health ExtrasSM card to help cover the costs.

More information can be found on the GObike Buffalo website.


Jericho Road

Jericho Road

The Independent Health Medically Oriented Gym (MOG) at Jericho Road is helping the community get fit and stay active. The MOG is different than traditional gyms and is specifically designed for everybody and every body with special services and amenities to help you lead a healthier life.

Member Discounts
Independent Health members can save $100 off the initiation fee, and eligible members can use their Health ExtrasSM card to help cover the cost of services.

For more information, please visit their website by clicking here.


Larkin Square

Larkin Square

Independent Health is proud to partner with Larkin Square to sponsor the many fun-filled and educational events that are offered. Larkin Square is also a Fitness in the Parks location during the summer months, which is another way we’re helping to bring healthy initiatives to the Square all year long!


Healthy Options at Food Truck Tuesdays
Food Truck Tuesday season runs from April to October and you can join us on select dates for “Independent Health Night” to receive a free giveaway, while supplies last! Through the Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options® program, every participating food truck offers at least one item that’s considered to be lower in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium – making it easier to make a healthy choice.

Learn more at Larkin Square’s website.


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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.

Wilkeson Pointe
Get moving on the 3-mile Independent Health Wellness Trail, which begins at Wilkeson Pointe and extends into Lakeside Bike Park. Take in the sounds and sights of nature along the Lake Erie shoreline as you run, walk, bike and more! Join us here during the summer months for Fitness in the Parks with YMCA Buffalo Niagara. You can also participate in FREE outdoor fitness classes, presented by Independent Health, on select days.

Independent Health is proud to sponsor bike rentals, featuring single-seat bikes, tandem bikes and three-wheeled youth bikes along with watersport rentals including kayak, paddle board and water bikes.

Lakeside Bike Park
The Lakeside Bike Park, presented by Independent Health, is open during the summer season and offers three mountain bike tracks for riders of all skill levels and ages. The bike park also features a pump track, skills loop and tot track for little ones! Bring your own bike or rent one at Outer Harbor.

Member Discounts
Independent Health members can show their ID card to save on bike, kayak, paddle board and water bike rentals.

Learn more at buffalowaterfront.com/outer-harbor


Reddy Bikeshare

Reddy…set…ride! Reddy Bikeshare, in partnership with Independent Health, has brought nearly 400 GPS-enabled bicycles to the streets of Buffalo and Niagara Falls for short-term, shared use. Local residents and visitors alike can utilize Reddy Bikes as an alternative form of transportation. It’s a healthy, fun, and easy way to explore the waterfront, commute to work, or take a leisurely roll!

Member Discounts
Independent Health members can save 20 percent off annual memberships and eligible members can use their Health ExtrasSM card to help cover the costs.

Learn more at reddybikeshare.com.


Larkin & Independent Health

Slow Roll Buffalo

Slow Roll Buffalo, presented by Independent Health, is a FREE community bicycle ride that encourages people of all ages and skill levels to see Buffalo by bike! The group meets at different venues every Monday night, from May through October, and takes a unique route through the city. Look for our RedShirtsSM on the first Monday of every month with FREE giveaways, while supplies last!*

Independent Health is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Slow Roll Buffalo’s Pedal Parties, Bike Stampedes and additional charity rides. Rides are scheduled for various dates during the season and in different communities throughout Western New York. Looking for a winter ride? You can still join in the fun with “Snow Roll” in the off-season.

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

*Monday night giveaways are subject to change due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation and potential scheduling conflicts.


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YMCA

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.

Member Discounts
Independent Health members receive various discounts and eligible members can use their Health ExtrasSM card to help cover the costs. Check out our Wellness Discounts page to view the different discounts offered by various YMCA branches.