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Providing fun, healthy ways to run, walk, bike, eat and more across WNY!

Independent Health and the Independent Health Foundation are excited to work with a variety of local partners to help Western New Yorkers get healthy, stay active, and have fun in the sun! Independent Health members receive a discount with their ID card at select locations.* Don’t forget to follow Independent Health on Facebook for a chance to win great prizes with our Bringing Healthy to You summer contest

Fitness in the Parks

Get fit for FREE with Fitness in the Parks! Independent Health and the YMCA are teaming up once again to bring a variety of outdoor fitness classes to a park near you all summer long. With more than 500 classes offered this summer at 25 locations across Western New York, there’s something for everyone, including Zumba®, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing and more. All classes are led by YMCA certified instructors, and all ages and skill levels are encouraged to join. Parking is always free, and registration is never required. With Fitness in the Parks, you never have to trade good weather for a workout again!

Dates:  Now – August 31 (select classes extend through September)

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Taste of Buffalo

The Independent Health Foundation is excited to once again feature the Healthy Options® program at this year’s Taste of Buffalo! Get your fill of tasty and healthy bites from each participating restaurant, and then vote for your favorite. Healthy Options was created to help the community make informed decisions about healthy eating. Being able to find the orange sticker around town means that someone can choose a heart-healthy option anywhere!

Look for Independent Health’s “Bringing Healthy to You” tent for FREE giveaways (while supplies last) and enter to win a prize pack featuring free kayak rentals, annual memberships, guest passes and more from a few of our favorite community partners. 

Dates:  July 9 and 10

Times:  Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Location:  Delaware Avenue (from Chippewa Street to Niagara Square)

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Buffalo PAL PlayStreets

Get ready for a new season of PlayStreets presented by Independent Health! This program brings FREE outdoor sports programming and fitness equipment to youth ages 5-18 in the City of Buffalo, designed to promote physical activity and mental health. All activities will practice social distancing and adhere to the CDC’s safety guidelines. Be sure to dress appropriately for outdoor weather.

Dates:  July 12 – August 18 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays)

Location:  Various neighborhoods

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Food Truck Tuesdays

Larkin Square is excited to announce the return of Food Truck Tuesdays sponsored by Independent Health! Join us in the Square for food, live music, outdoor activities and more. If you’re looking for something on the lighter side to eat, every food truck will serve at least one Healthy Options® menu item thanks to the Independent Health Foundation!

Join us for “Independent Health Night” on July 12, August 2 and August 30 for FREE giveaways (while supplies last) and enter for a chance to win Buffalo Bills tickets with a parking pass! 

Dates:  Now – August 30 (Tuesdays)

Times:  5 – 8 p.m.

Location:  Larkin Square, 745 Seneca Street, Buffalo

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Live at Larkin

Move to the beat this summer with Larkin Square’s free outdoor concert series! Live at Larkin is sponsored by Independent Health and features a variety of bands every Wednesday night. Join us for a fun night out with food trucks and more!

Dates:  Now – August 31

Times:  5 – 8 p.m.

Location:  Larkin Square, 745 Seneca Street, Buffalo

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Reddy Bikes

Reddy for an adventure? Reddy Bikeshare in partnership with Independent Health, now in its seventh season, offers 400 bikes and 90 stations across Buffalo and Niagara Falls to help you get moving. Whether you commute to work, ride to school, visit your favorite park or take a leisurely roll – it’s a great way to get healthy, have fun and explore by bike! Independent Health members receive a discount on annual memberships.

Dates:  Now – October

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Wellness Walks at Tifft

Looking for a way to enjoy the fresh air while getting your steps in? Join us every Thursday morning at Tifft Nature Preserve for Wellness Walks presented by Independent Health! All ages are encouraged to attend these free weekly walks, guided by a knowledgeable volunteer, while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Please call (716) 825-6397 to confirm the walks will be taking place each week.

Location:  Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard

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Buffalo RiverWorks

Join us for outdoor adventure at Buffalo RiverWorks! As the official health and wellness partner of Buffalo RiverWorks, our members save 20 percent on healthy activities like kayaking, zip lining, rock wall climbing, the ropes course, and more – just show your member ID card! Staying for a bite to eat? Be sure to look for the orange Healthy Options® sticker on the menu for items that are lower in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Thanks to the Independent Health Foundation, they’re making it easy to eat healthy when dining out!

Location:  Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson Street, Buffalo

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Outer Harbor Buffalo

Water sport and bike rentals are back at Outer Harbor! Enjoy scenic views along the lake while exploring the 3-mile Independent Health Wellness Trail, stretching from Wilkeson Pointe to Lakeside Bike Park presented by Independent Health – perfect for walking, biking, running, jogging and more. Independent Health members get discounts on all bike and watersport rentals. You can also join us for a variety of FREE outdoor fitness classes at Wilkeson Pointe!

Location:  Wilkeson Pointe, 225 Fuhrmann Boulevard, and Lakeside Bike Park, 825 Fuhrmann Boulevard

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Good for the Neighborhood®

Improve your health with the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood program! Join us on select dates this month to receive free fruits and vegetables (while supplies last) as well as health and wellness resources that can help you eat better, be more active, connect with your doctor and more. Be sure the check the program website for the most up-to-date information on event dates, times, and locations.

Dates:  Thursday, June 9

Times:  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Location:  Akron Newstead Senior Center, 5691 Cummings Road

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Buffalo Museum of Science

Explore YOU presented by Independent Health is open at the Buffalo Museum of Science! This health sciences-themed studio offers visitors a hands-on experience to explore all there is to know about the human body and the importance of making healthy decisions. Some of the hands-on interactions have been modified to adhere to CDC guidelines to ensure a safe yet fun experience for all guests. Independent Health members save 10 percent on annual memberships to the Buffalo Museum of Science, and eligible members can use their Health ExtrasSM card to cover the cost. 

Dates:  Now open 7 days a week!

Times:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location:  1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211

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Independent Health Foundation

The Independent Health Foundation is focused on providing fun, accessible and easy ways for families to get healthy and stay connected during this continued time of social distancing. This includes at-home workout videos, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, free activity sheets and more! Follow the Foundation on Facebook for more information and resources.

The Independent Health Medically Oriented Gym at Jericho Road (MOG)

Facilities are open at the Independent Health Medically Oriented Gym at Jericho Road! The MOG is a great place for anyone to use to get and stay healthy, featuring an indoor fitness center with free weights and machines, custom exercise programs, physical therapy services, nutrition consultation and more. Free outdoor fitness classes, as well as virtual classes, are also offered to the community. If you’re not sure how to start, schedule a complimentary virtual consult with one of their Exercise Specialists by calling (716) 431-5141 or email mog@jrchc.org.

Explore Buffalo

Looking for a new way to stay active? Get outdoors for a walk! Among the many health benefits of walking, like reducing anxiety, it can also help you connect with your community. Explore Buffalo offers up to 2-mile walking routes with historical stops and fun facts about where you are and what you’re looking at. Check out some of the suggested routes, like the historic homes of Allentown or Elmwood Village Victorians – or find a route of your own! 

Blood Pressure Monitoring Program

Brought to you by Good for the Neighborhood®, the Blood Pressure Monitoring Program is an ongoing project built to give communities the power to understand, prevent, and control high blood pressure. Participants receive a free blood pressure cuff (while supplies last) and earn rewards for taking weekly readings. Registration required. 

SkyRide 2022

Registration is still open for SkyRide 2022! Presented by Independent Health, this family-friendly event organized by GObike Buffalo offers riders of all ages a unique opportunity to travel across the Skyway by bike, taking in scenic views of downtown Buffalo and the waterfront from 100 feet high. The 13.8-mile ride will start and end at Outer Harbor’s Lakeside Bike Park. Independent Health’s RedShirtsSM will be there with FREE giveaways, while supplies last.

Dates:  August 14

Times:  8:30 a.m. departure

Location:  Lakeside Bike Park, 825 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo

Fitness in the Parks

There’s still time to get fit for FREE with Fitness in the Parks! Presented by Independent Health and the YMCA, our free outdoor fitness classes can be found at 25 locations across Western New York. There’s something for everyone, including Zumba®, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, cardio dance, and more. All classes are led by YMCA certified instructors, and all ages and skill levels are encouraged to join. Parking is always free, and registration is never required. With Fitness in the Parks, you never have to trade good weather for a workout again!

Dates:  now – August 31 (select classes extend through September)

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Buffalo PAL PlayStreets

PlayStreets presented by Independent Health is on now! Offered through the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, this seasonal program brings FREE outdoor sports programming and fitness equipment to youth ages 5-18 in the City of Buffalo, designed to promote physical activity and mental health. Be sure to dress appropriately for outdoor weather!

Dates:  July 12 – August 18 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays)

Times:  4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Location:  Various neighborhoods

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Food Truck Tuesdays

It’s the last month of Food Truck Tuesdays sponsored by Independent Health! Join us at Larkin Square for great food, live music, outdoor activities, and more. If you’re looking for something on the lighter side to eat, every food truck will serve at least one Healthy Options® menu item thanks to the Independent Health Foundation.

Join us for “Independent Health Night” on August 2 and August 30 for FREE giveaways (while supplies last) and enter for a chance to win Buffalo Bills tickets with a parking pass!

Dates:  Now – August 30 (Tuesdays)

Times:  5 – 8 p.m.

Location:  Larkin Square, 745 Seneca Street, Buffalo

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Live at Larkin

Move to the beat this summer with Larkin Square’s free outdoor concert series! Live at Larkin is sponsored by Independent Health and features a variety of bands every Wednesday night. Join us for a fun night out with food trucks and more.

Dates:  Now – August 31

Times:  5 – 8 p.m.

Location:  Larkin Square, 745 Seneca Street, Buffalo

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Reddy Bikes

Reddy for an adventure? Reddy Bikeshare in partnership with Independent Health, now in its seventh season, offers 400 bikes and 90 stations across Buffalo and Niagara Falls to help you get moving. Whether you commute to work, ride to school, visit your favorite park or take a leisurely roll – it’s a great way to get healthy, have fun and explore by bike! Independent Health members receive a discount on annual memberships.

Dates:  Now – October

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Wellness Walks at Tifft

Looking for a way to enjoy the fresh air while getting your steps in? Join us every Thursday morning at Tifft Nature Preserve for Wellness Walks presented by Independent Health! All ages are encouraged to attend these free weekly walks, guided by a knowledgeable volunteer, while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Please call (716) 825-6397 to confirm the walks will be taking place each week.

Location:  Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard

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Buffalo RiverWorks

Join us for outdoor adventure at Buffalo RiverWorks! As the official health and wellness partner of Buffalo RiverWorks, our members save 20 percent on healthy activities like kayaking, zip lining, rock wall climbing, the ropes course, and more – just show your member ID card! Staying for a bite to eat? Be sure to look for the orange Healthy Options® sticker on the menu for items that are lower in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Thanks to the Independent Health Foundation, they’re making it easy to eat healthy when dining out.

Join us on Saturday, August 6, for roller skating on the Independent Health rinks from noon to 4 p.m. Everyone receives the Independent Health member discount, saving 20 percent on skating and skate rentals!

Location:  Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson Street, Buffalo

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Outer Harbor Buffalo

Water sport and bike rentals are back at Outer Harbor! Enjoy scenic views along the lake while exploring the 3-mile Independent Health Wellness Trail, stretching from Wilkeson Pointe to Lakeside Bike Park presented by Independent Health – perfect for walking, biking, running, jogging and more. Independent Health members get discounts on all bike and watersport rentals. You can also join us for a variety of FREE outdoor fitness classes at Wilkeson Pointe!

Location:  Wilkeson Pointe, 225 Fuhrmann Boulevard, and Lakeside Bike Park, 825 Fuhrmann Boulevard

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Good for the Neighborhood®

Improve your health with the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood program! Join us at various locations across Buffalo and Niagara Falls to receive FREE fruits and vegetables (while supplies last) as well as health and wellness resources that can help you eat better, be more active, connect with your doctor, and more. Be sure the check the program website for the most up-to-date information on event dates, times, and locations.

Buffalo Museum of Science

Explore YOU presented by Independent Health is open at the Buffalo Museum of Science! This health-science studio offers visitors a hands-on experience to explore all there is to know about the human body and the importance of making healthy decisions. Some of the hands-on interactions have been modified to adhere to CDC guidelines to ensure a safe yet fun experience for all guests. Independent Health members save 10 percent on annual memberships to the Buffalo Museum of Science, and eligible members can use their Health ExtrasSM card to cover the cost.

Times:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location:  1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211

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Independent Health Foundation

The Independent Health Foundation is focused on providing fun, accessible and easy ways for families to get healthy and stay connected during this continued time of social distancing. This includes at-home workout videos, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, free activity sheets and more! Follow the Foundation on Facebook for more information and resources.

The Independent Health Medically Oriented Gym at Jericho Road (MOG)

Facilities are open at the Independent Health Medically Oriented Gym at Jericho Road! The MOG is a great place for anyone to use to get and stay healthy, featuring an indoor fitness center with free weights and machines, custom exercise programs, physical therapy services, nutrition consultation and more. Free outdoor fitness classes, as well as virtual classes, are also offered to the community. If you’re not sure how to start, schedule a complimentary virtual consult with one of their Exercise Specialists by calling (716) 431-5141 or email mog@jrchc.org.

Explore Buffalo

Looking for a new way to stay active? Get outdoors for a walk! Among the many health benefits of walking, like reducing anxiety, it can also help you connect with your community. Explore Buffalo offers up to 2-mile walking routes with historical stops and fun facts about where you are and what you’re looking at. Check out some of the suggested routes, like the historic homes of Allentown or Elmwood Village Victorians – or find a route of your own! 

Fitness in the Parks

There’s still time to get fit for FREE with Fitness in the Parks! Presented by Independent Health and the YMCA, our free outdoor fitness classes are extending through September at four select locations – Buffalo RiverWorks (fusion), Delaware Park (yoga), Larkin Square (cardio kickboxing and Zumba®), and Outer Harbor (yoga and Pilates). All classes are led by YMCA certified instructors, and all ages and skill levels are encouraged to join. Parking is always free, and registration is never required.

Dates:  Now – September 29

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Outdoor Market at Larkin Square

Larkin Square will host the Queen City Traveling Market featuring dozens of local vendors and artisans, food trucks, and more. This event is offered as part of Larkin Square’s 10th anniversary of outdoor programming in the City of Buffalo, sponsored by Independent Health!

Dates:  September 24

Times:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Reddy Bikes

Reddy Bikeshare is back for its seventh season! With 400 Reddy bikes and 90 stations across Buffalo and Niagara Falls, we’re making it easy to help you commute to work, ride to school, visit your favorite park or take a leisurely roll. Wherever you go, it’s a great way to get healthy, have fun and explore our region by bike! Independent Health members receive discounts on memberships.

Dates:  Now – October

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Wellness Walks at Tifft

Looking for a way to enjoy the fresh air while getting your steps in? Join us every Thursday morning at Tifft Nature Preserve for Wellness Walks presented by Independent Health! All ages are encouraged to attend these free weekly walks, guided by a knowledgeable volunteer, while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Please call (716) 825-6397 to confirm the walks will be taking place each week.

Location:  Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard

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Buffalo RiverWorks

Join us for outdoor adventure at Buffalo RiverWorks! As the official health and wellness partner of Buffalo RiverWorks, our members save 20 percent on healthy activities like kayaking, zip lining, rock wall climbing, the ropes course, and more – just show your member ID card! Staying for a bite to eat? Be sure to look for the orange Healthy Options® sticker on the menu for items that are lower in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Thanks to the Independent Health Foundation, they’re making it easy to eat healthy when dining out.

Location:  Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson Street, Buffalo

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Outer Harbor Buffalo

Water sport and bike rentals are back at Outer Harbor! Enjoy scenic views along the lake while exploring the 3-mile Independent Health Wellness Trail, stretching from Wilkeson Pointe to Lakeside Bike Park presented by Independent Health – perfect for walking, biking, running, jogging and more. Independent Health members get discounts on all bike and watersport rentals. You can also join us for a variety of FREE outdoor fitness classes at Wilkeson Pointe!

Location:  Wilkeson Pointe, 225 Fuhrmann Boulevard, and Lakeside Bike Park, 825 Fuhrmann Boulevard

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Good for the Neighborhood®

Improve your health with the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood program! Join us at various locations across Buffalo and Niagara Falls to receive FREE fruits and vegetables (while supplies last) as well as health and wellness resources that can help you eat better, be more active, connect with your doctor, and more. Be sure the check the program website for the most up-to-date information on event dates, times, and locations.

Buffalo Museum of Science

Explore YOU presented by Independent Health is open at the Buffalo Museum of Science! This health-science studio offers visitors a hands-on experience to explore all there is to know about the human body and the importance of making healthy decisions. Some of the hands-on interactions have been modified to adhere to CDC guidelines to ensure a safe yet fun experience for all guests. Independent Health members save 10 percent on annual memberships to the Buffalo Museum of Science, and eligible members can use their Health ExtrasSM card to cover the cost.

Times:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location:  1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211

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Independent Health Foundation

The Independent Health Foundation is focused on providing fun, accessible and easy ways for families to get healthy and stay connected during this continued time of social distancing. This includes at-home workout videos, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, free activity sheets and more! Follow the Foundation on Facebook for more information and resources.

The Independent Health Medically Oriented Gym at Jericho Road (MOG)

Facilities are open at the Independent Health Medically Oriented Gym at Jericho Road! The MOG is a great place for anyone to use to get and stay healthy, featuring an indoor fitness center with free weights and machines, custom exercise programs, physical therapy services, nutrition consultation and more. Free outdoor fitness classes, as well as virtual classes, are also offered to the community. If you’re not sure how to start, schedule a complimentary virtual consult with one of their Exercise Specialists by calling (716) 431-5141 or email mog@jrchc.org.

Explore Buffalo

Looking for a new way to stay active? Get outdoors for a walk! Among the many health benefits of walking, like reducing anxiety, it can also help you connect with your community. Explore Buffalo offers up to 2-mile walking routes with historical stops and fun facts about where you are and what you’re looking at. Check out some of the suggested routes, like the historic homes of Allentown or Elmwood Village Victorians – or find a route of your own!