NATIONAL ASSOC. for HEALTH & FITNESS The National Network of State Governors Councils and community Coalitions. Visit for membership information. National network of State Governors Councils ,Coalitions ; organizations and individuals.

Founded 1977 by staff members of the Presidnets's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.Non profit organization New members, sponsorships web ads and donations welcome.


In response to the release of the RWJF COUNTY health rankings for the ERIE and Niagara counties population approx 1.2M the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and partners have launched HEALTHY COMMUNITIES 2030! A decade long strategic inter sector and interdisciplinary initiative to move the dial !! For the past 10 years our Niagara river counties have been mired in the bottom ten of the county health rankings of NY state. We have set an ambitious culture change goal for both Counties to be ranked in the mid forties of the Annual RWJF County health rankings. We know once we get on the other side of this current health crisis we will amp up our focus on the culture change process. Multiple ALL AMERICA community and region awards from the National Civic League have demonstrated our capacity to work together. An essential understanding of civic physiology and the value of social capital in the change process are assets in our toolkit!!

Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY

Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY

Are physically active people and walkable neighborhoods important to our communities?

Join us June 13th and 14th at the WNY Walks Summit being held at the Buffalo Grand Hotel.

The Summit features national speakers from America Walks and 8 80 Cities, networking and resources to promote physical activity.

For Tickets and more info check out the link below ↓

True Health Initiative

True Health Initiative

The reasons to exercise keep piling up! "Now there's evidence that exercise produces another hormone that may improve memory and protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to a (new) study"

Walk Buffalo Niagara

Walk Buffalo Niagara

“Over 30 Million Steps👣 Reached in Local Walking Initiative”

Buffalo, NY. In the pursuit of improved health, longevity and positive economic benefit for Erie County and the WNY community, the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and its partners have logged over 30 million steps🎉🎊 towards the 100+ million steps goal for 2018. This is the Wellness Institute’s 5th annual “Walking to Wellness” Initiative, which was recognized by the NYS Dept. of Health as a community “best practice”🤩. This year’s goal is to reach 100+ million steps with the help of local organizations, and events.

To date participants include the Downtown Buffalo walks (with the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center), participants in the 4th Annual Workplace Walk for WellNYS Challenge (contributing millions of steps), Buffalo City Hall Wellness walks, participants in Refresh Magazine’s National Walk at Lunch Day (4/25), Second Saturday Walks and Talks from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and Sunday morning Reflective walks held at Hoyt Lake🌳🌷.

The Wellness Institute is collaborating with other local non-profits including the Population Health Collaborative of WNY Steps campaign and the EXPLORE BUFFALO educational walks to help foster more physical activity and strategic actions towards improving health in our community. Additionally, the Wellness Institute is teaming up with America Walks Foundation to help bring the America Walks 2019 Walking Summit🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️ to Buffalo in fall 2019!

Phil Haberstro, Wellness Institute Executive Director, has branded walking as the grand slam👍 of physical activity for its positive social, economic, environmental, and health impact. The American Heart Assoc.❤️ notes, walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure,high cholesterol, diabetes, and reduced risk of coronary heart disease and stroke among other health benefits.

Organizations interested in participating in this annual community-wide year-round initiative or those who would like to offer support🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️ in bringing the 2019 America Walks Walking Summit to Buffalo, should contact the Wellness Institute by phone (716) 851-4052 or email [email protected].

“Walk to be healthy, walk to be happy😃”-Charles Dickens

University of Maryland School of Public Health
University of Maryland School of Public Health

University of Maryland School of Public Health

The University of Maryland School of Public Health (SPH) works to promote and protect the health and well-being of the citizens of Maryland, the nation, and the world through interdisciplinary education, research, public policy and practice.

Population Health Collaborative

Population Health Collaborative

Karen Hall discusses the Western New York Healthy Communities Coalition on Healthy Communities with Phil Haberstro Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY #WNYHCC #PopHealthWNY

Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY
Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY

Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & WNY

Good morning! The Wellness Institute is excited to bring you a great community event on August 19 at the new Hotel Henry. We're bringing together local and national experts to talk about how to build a healthy Buffalo community. We are super psyched about this event and hope to see you there. And of course, we'll be wrapping up with a nice walk! Check out the link below for details. Register soon, as seats are limited!


Congratulations to Diane Hart on your Life time Achievement Award from the Presiident's Council!!

BWI National Health Promotion Training Institute

Visit for online health promotion


BWI Health Promotions-Health promotion services for schools, corporations, organizations, events and training/group seminars for families and employees. Health promotion certifications and wellness certifications.


NAHF Board of Directors is deciding the future direction of NAHF- for more info contact Board President Diane H Hart at [email protected]


NAHF Board of Directors strategic planning meeting in Washington DC Oct 8- thank you to Rich Killingsworth for facilitating the process!


HAPPY HOLIDAYS to ALL especially to those in the Armed Services around the world!


Global Employee Health and Fitness Month is coming MAY 2O12 . Employers world wide are invited to participate. Promotional partners and sponsors are`welcome. contact Phil Haberstro for more info. [email protected]


65 Niagara Sq
Buffalo, NY

General information

presenter of GLOBAL Employee Health and Fitness month (May of each year)


(716) 583-0521


Memberships with networking opportunities for individuals , organizations and State wide initiatives; NATIONAL EMPLOYEE HEALTH & FITNESS DAY(celebrated since 1989 on the third Wednesday in May) : National Gold Star awards program and Technical and consulting services to states and community groups. Website for more info.


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