Health Hub

Helping you get and stay healthy!

Welcome to the Health Hub!

Living a healthy life. It’s what we all want. Providing our members with the tools and information to achieve better health is an important part of the RedShirt® Treatment – and our Health Hub. From live classes and seminars to workout from home videos, our Health Hub is designed to make it easy for you to exercise, eat healthy, and stay connected.

Upcoming Live Classes and Webinars

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Plant Based Eating Made Easy

Wednesday January 12th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Zoom (Virtual)

Presented by Chef Lisa Lavery from Foodsmart

Studies show that shifting to a less “meat-centric” diet is better for your health, better for your community, and easier on your wallet. In this timely and informative cooking-based video we’ll share easy and delicious ways to implement this lifestyle shift into your meal plan without compromising on flavor and satisfaction Register in advance for this webinar.

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Morning Stretch & Meditation

Wednesday January 19th, 7:30am – 7:45am | Zoom (Virtual)

Session led by Lauren Christman, Corporate

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Understanding your Benefits

Thursday, January 20th 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Zoom (Virtual)

Presented by Joe Needham Senior Government Product Manager

Learn how to get the most out of your Medicare Advantage plan including how to use your new Over-the-Counter benefit and Rewards & Incentives program. Also learn how to navigate the IHA website to find doctors, pharmacies, covered prescription drugs and other important health information.

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Morning Gratitude Meditation

Wednesday February 9th, 7:30am – 7:45am | Zoom (Virtual)

Led by Michelle Carbery, Senior Corporate Wellness Specialist

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Show Your Heart Some Love

Monday February 14th , 12:00pm – 12:30pm | Zoom (Virtual)

Cardio Class Presented By Michelle Carbery, Senior Corporate Wellness Specialist 

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Braising 101

Wednesday February 16th 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Zoom (Virtual)

Join Foodsmart's Chef Lisa Lavery as she walks you through all the tips and tools you'll need to serve the perfect healthy braise. Once the calendar flips to fall, cooking at home shifts from quick techniques like grilling and sauteing to bubbling one pot meals in the oven or on the stovetop, essentially braising.  The technique of braising is traditionally used for less tender cuts of meat to break them down into a fall apart, fork-tender meal, but once you know the steps, you can apply it to everything from beans to chicken and even hearty vegetables.  

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Talking to Your Aging Parents

Thursday February 17th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Zoom (Virtual)

Presented by Sarah Blankenship Powerhouse Money Coaching. In this workshop, we're showing you the best way to talk to your aging parents about their assets, plans, and knowing where they stand on their legal docs.

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Pre-Diabetes 101

Tuesday March 1st , 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Zoom (Virtual)

Presented by Dr. Deirdre Wheat, Independent Health Medical Director.  Did you know that more than 1 in 3 American adults have prediabetes and of those more than 84% don’t know they have it? This presentation will provide a high-level overview on the risk of developing prediabetes and what employees can do to prevent or manage this condition. 

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Kidney Health

Tuesday, March 8th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Zoom (Virtual)

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Walsh, Independent Health Medical Director. Learn the vital role our kidneys play in overall health and ways to keep them healthy. Includes information on chronic kidney disease and how diabetes and high blood pressure can impact kidney health.

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Meditation, Stretch, and Breathing for Anxiety

Wednesday, March 16th, 7:30am –7:45pm | Zoom (Virtual)

Led by Michelle Carbery, Senior Corporate Wellness Specialist

Workout from Home: On Demand

Daily exercise is an important part of overall health, especially as we age. Our Corporate Wellness team produced a series of instructional videos that make it easy and fun for you and your family to engage from the comfort of your home.

Getting regular exercise not only helps you maintain a healthy weight, it improves muscular strength, bone and joint health, cardiorespiratory fitness, improves brain health, improves balance and coordination, and reduces your risk for illness. We encourage all our members to engage in daily physical activity.

Upper Body & Core- all from the floor

Grab one dumbbell, a comfy spot on the floor and prepare to get sweaty. We’ll be focusing on core stability while developing some strength as well. The key here is going to be posture and technique. Hope you have fun!

Hip Bridge Variations

Adding hip bridges to your routine is a great way to add strength to support balance, posture and back health.  No equipment needed.

Desk Stretch & mental reset

Long days at your desk can impact your posture, flexibility and leave you in a mental fog.  Join Michelle in a quick stretch from your desk and a mini meditation to get you back on track

Energizing Stretch for Positivity

Take 5 minutes out of your chair to use movement and your breath to bring energy & positivity to your body & mind.

Quick Back Burn

We’re going to be targeting your upper and mid- back muscles to help support and build healthy posture. Resistance band or weights recommended.

Holiday Kickboxing FUN!

Clear a little space, put on your sneakers and get ready to box away calories and stress!  Perfect for the whole family!

Workout for Balance

Challenge your balance & strengthen your core during this low impact workout.  1 weighted item needed.

Posterior Chain Workout #1 w/ weights

Deadlifts, Rows, wood chops and planks using weights or weighted items to work your entire backside.

Mobility, Strength & Stretch

Join the wellness team and a special guest as they introduce ways to keep your body mobile, strong & stretched, using 6 movements.  No equipment needed.

Low Intensity Chair Workout

While seated in a chair, perform marching, arm movements and body stretches during this 6 minute routine. Sturdy chair needed.

Progressive Intervals

20 seconds of low, medium and high impact exercises to work your whole body.  No equipment needed.

Chair Stretch & Mindset Reset

Join me in a 10 min session to loosen up your tight back & hips and uplift your spirit with some positive thinking & gratefulness.

Webinars: On Demand

Independent Health strives to bring you evidenced based content on a variety of health-related topics to keep you informed. We use both internal and external experts to deliver both live and pre-recorded webinars.

We want to hear from you! Let us know what topics or health issues you’re interested in learning about.

Physical Activity 101

Learn the basics about physical activity, including heart rate zones, aerobic vs. anaerobic exercise and tips for increasing cardiovascular health, balance, flexibility and muscle mass.  Employees receive a workspace workout plan at the end of the presentation.

Whole Well-Being

This presentation provides information on how emotional health, nutrition, physical activity, sleep and environment influence our overall health. Includes tips to modify unhealthy behaviors, manage stress and achieve better work-life balance.


Bring peace of mind and balance to each day through mindfulness, a state of active and careful attention on the moment. This presentation provides participants with information and tips on how to practice and improve mindful living.

Prevention & Lifetime Screenings

Prevention can come in many forms and have multiple definitions, making it confusing to know what is right. This quick presentation will break down the levels of prevention, how participants' lifestyle choices can make a difference and recommendations appropriate for their age and health status.

Supermarket Savvy

The number of decisions we need to make at the grocery store can be overwhelming. This presentation provides employees a virtual shopping tour with advice for making healthier choices. Become a meal prep expert and learn food safety tips for proper care inside and outside of the kitchen!

Inflammation 101

This presentation will discuss what inflammation is and how it can impact our health. Learn the signs, common causes and what problems inflammation can trigger. Includes a discussion on both prevention and treatment.

Health & Wellness Podcast: On Demand

We are pleased to present this series of On-Demand Podcasts featuring experts from Independent Health and hosted by local radio host Buddy Shula. Each of these podcasts are part of WBEN’s Healthy Buffalo series.

Episode 1: The doctor will see you now.
Associate Medical Director Jennifer Walsh, M.D., talks about the importance of preventive care and what people can do to stay healthy.

Episode 2: Keep that back healthy.
At some point in our lives, many of us experience back pain. Jennifer Picone, Independent Health’s manager of Corporate Wellness, explains what individuals can do to maintain back health and avoid long-term problems.

Episode 3: Do I really need this pill?
Medications work only if people take them properly. And sometimes, people forget to take their medications or they don’t take them as the doctor ordered.  Pharmacist Cindy Will from Independent Health discusses how people can make the most out of the medications they take, and offers helpful ways how to remember when to take them. 

Episode 4: What is “pre-diabetes” and does it always lead to diabetes
Prediabetes is a condition that most people do not know they have. Taking steps now can prevent it from becoming diabetes in the future.  Dr. Deirdre Wheat, medical director at Independent Health, will talk about the signs and risk factors for prediabetes, along with ways to address it and stay healthy.

Episode 5:  Fall Prevention as we age.
As we get older, falling can be life-changing.  Yet, while falls are common, they are not a normal sign of aging. Listen as Corporate Wellness Specialist Lauren Dlugosz from Independent Health provides ways to prevent falls by addressing hazards in the home and incorporating light exercise to help balance.

Episode 6: What is metabolic health?
We hear all the time that our health is related to what we eat. But what foods should we eat? What foods should we avoid?  Dr. Jennifer Walsh from Independent Health explains what metabolic health is and what foods can improve the course of our health.

Episode 7: Holidays and mental health.
For most of us, the holiday season is a joyous time, but it does have its stressors.  Sadly, it can be a dark time for others who are dealing with loneliness, stress and anxiety. Independent Health’s medical director for behavioral health, Dr. George Burnett, offers suggestions on ways to handle the holidays, and when it may be time to seek professional help. 

Episode 8: Easy, no-excuse path to exercise.
Exercise comes easier to some of us than to others. But exercise is so important to getting and staying healthy. Michelle Carbery, Independent Health’s corporate wellness specialist, talks with Buddy on ways to get up and get moving, even for those of us who need a little encouragement.

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