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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. A variety of topics and resources are available, including: 

From exercise and eating healthy to finding balance in your emotional and financial well-being, our Health Hub is here to help you succeed at achieving your personal health goals.

Upcoming Live Classes and Webinars

Check back next month for new offerings! For additional questions, please email Wellness@independenthealth.com

Medicare Members: Live classes are back at the Independent Health Medicare Information Center! Located at 620 Dick Road in Cheektowaga, these classes are available exclusively for our Medicare members (and other Independent Health plan members).

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.

important-alert We would love to hear from you! Please take our survey and share your feedback on the videos you enjoyed as well as suggestions to help improve your Workout from Home experience.
Resistance band workout

Grab your resistance band (& maybe a chair) and get ready to wake up those muscles of the back, shoulders and hamstrings during this session!

Whole Body Workout with weights

Work your upper & lower body simultaneously during this eight minute routine. 2 Light/Medium weights or weighted objects needed.

Mid-Back Movements with Jen

6 movements to loosen up your mid-back and feel great!  A mat or soft surface under your hands and knees is recommended

Holiday Hustle Challenge!

Complete this add on workout whenever you or a family member just needs to move and work off some stress. It’s a challenging one so be sure to bring your water bottle and a great attitude! 2 wts or weighted items needed.

Upper Body STRETCH

Throughout this upper body stretch we will open the muscles of the chest and shoulders while we focus on our breathing . Please grab a mat or a comfortable space as we will be on the floor for this session.

Holiday Kickboxing FUN!

Challenge your whole body using only your bodyweight.  No equipment needed, only a little room on the floor & a winning attitude!

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

Interval Challenge

Work at your level in timed intervals of 45 seconds with a quick 15 second rest.  NO equipment needed!!  Let break a sweat together & have some fun too!

Bodyweight Strength Challenge from the floor

Challenge your whole body using only your bodyweight.  No equipment needed, only a little room on the floor & a winning attitude!

SPOOKtacular workout!

Grab a small pumpkin or any weighted item and join in fun Halloween inspired workout.  You'll get your heart rate up and work your muscles!

Indoor Walking Routine

Need some extra steps in your day? This low impact session is just the thing for you!  Perfect as a beginner workout or a quick warm up routine!

Resistance Workout

Challenge yourself using a resistance band or weighted item to maximum your fitness! This workout focuses on upper and lower body movements paired together to make you feel strong and refreshed in under 10 min. Who knows, you might love it so much you’ll want to do it again

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.

Ergonomics and Back Health

Back pain affects nearly 80 percent of Americans and accounts for an enormous amount of lost productivity. This presentation will help employees understand how their back works and how to protect it from injury.

Staying Healthy During Your Busy Day

Between stressful days and extracurricular activities, staying energized and eating right can seem overwhelming. It can be a struggle to carve out time to nourish the body while struggling to meet deadlines. This presentation offers quick tips and shows how simple planning can make a huge difference in what we eat AND how we can stay on a budget. 

Beat the Heat with Hydration

Learn why hydration is important and what to look for so you don’t become Dehydrated!  We will present a few fun facts and a little trivia to keep you engaged and informed!

Digital Detox

Have you or your family become too dependent on screens lately? Between Zoom, FaceTime, social media, gaming, shopping and streaming music and movies, it’s easy to feel attached to your screens. Let’s talk about how limiting screen time can improve your overall wellness.

Whole Health Nutrition

For those with a love for food and an interest in the power of the human body, this presentation outlines good nutrition and how it can help promote optimal health. Employees learn about macronutrients, how proper nutrition is fuel for the brain and that good choices are key to athletic performance. Employees will gain a wealth of nutrition knowledge and helpful tips to incorporate in daily routines.

Embracing Change

Join us to learn what drives people to change, why change is so important, and how to prepare for lifestyle changes.  We will review how to create SMART goals and steps you can take to sustain behavior changes to live a healthier life

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.

Reimbursement and Savings Accounts
In this segment, chief sales officer Richard Argentieri explains the different types of accounts individuals can have to help pay for out-of-pocket expenses. 

The Independent Health Foundation celebrates 30 years.
Foundation chairperson Stuart Angert talks about the positive impact the Independent Health Foundation has had on the community.

Trust your Gut
In this episode, Lauren Christman discusses health eating and the benefits of probiotics. 

Stay healthy while aging gracefully Part 1
While aging is inevitable, illness associated with aging isn’t inevitable. In part one of this two-part podcast, Dr. Kathleen Mylotte offers ways people can be as healthy as they can be when they age.

Aging gracefully and preparing for the future Part 2
In this segment, Dr. Kathleen Mylotte explains how individuals can make difficult conversations with family members easier when it comes to announcing their wishes of how they should plan for medical treatments as they approach the frail years of their lives.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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Last Updated 1/3/2023