Monday, 10 November 2014 15:37

Life Journeys - Solutions for Caregivers


 Life Journeys - Solutions for Caregivers

More than 50 million Americans are helping to care for a sick or elderly loved one. If you are one of them, you should know about the Life Journeys Solutions for Caregivers public broadcast television and outreach initiative presented by the American Red Cross in partnership with The John R. Oishei Foundation, WNED TV and ThinkBright. This initiative is designed for people who help provide care for an elderly or chronically ill loved one. It's an easy way for you to build caregiving skills and learn how to reduce stress, understand legal, financial and medical issues and balance work and home responsibilities.

"There are four kinds of people in this world:
Those who have been caregivers, Those who currently are caregivers,
Those who will be caregivers, and Those who will need caregivers."
~Rosalynn Carter

Life Journeys Solutions for Caregivers is a public television series that takes a closer look at the trials and triumphs of family caregiving. With 50 million Americans playing this pivotal role in the life of a sick or elderly loved one, the need for informational and empowering television programming has never been greater. Join host, Susan Hunt, a well-known Buffalo producer and experienced caregiver, explore a wide range of issues and topics that will help families increase their knowledge and skills, while decreasing their levels of stress.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • What it means to be a caregiver
  • The kinds of information and hands-on skills needed to be an effective caregiver
  • Health and legal advocacy skills needed to support a loved one
  • How to tap into the wealth of available community resources
  • Emergency preparedness for caregivers
  • Why it's important to take care of yourself through the process

Program 1
Life Journeys – Solutions for Caregivers is hosted by Susan Hunt, a TV personality and former caregiver. Susan and her guests explore the fundamental steps of the caregiving journey through sharing personal experiences and information, as well as video stories.

In this first episode, we focus on the basics of caregiving. Topics of discussion include:

  • The national crisis of caregiving
  • Identifying yourself as a caregiver
  • The importance of a family meeting and effective communication
  • Important legal and financial documents

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Program 2
A Day in the Life of a Caregiver
Some caregivers refer to their day as the 36 hour day. Between balancing family life, sometimes another job, and caring for your loved one, the days can be long and stressful.

This episode will follow a caregiving families through the day to day challenges they face.

We will discuss proper nutrition, time management, moving and positioning, creating a safe environment, and taking time out for yourself.

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Program 3
Caregiver Support
The third episode in this series takes a look at outside support available to home caregiving, taking care of the caregiver, effective communication with the healthcare system, and exploring caregiving options when you can no longer care for your loved one at home.

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Program 4
Emergency Preparedness
Caregivers will learn about the three important steps in being prepared: making a plan, building a kit, and being informed.

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Friday, 07 November 2014 18:15

LiveWell - ConnectWell


 LiveWell - ConnectWell

Online Communities

Connect with others like you in online communities:

Daily Strength
Daily Strength offers free online support groups, where people with various health challenges can discuss ideas, share information, and provide support to one another.

PatientsLikeMe is a free online space where people can share information that can improve the lives of other patients diagnosed with similar life-changing diseases.

America on the Move
America on the Move is an online support community to help people get active and eat healthier. Sign up for a free account today!







Friday, 07 November 2014 15:34

LiveWell - DoWell


 LiveWell - DoWell


Community Stories

These residents, parents, kids, concerned citizens and business owners are not waiting for someone else to make their communities healthier, safer, and more vibrant. They are doing it in their own neighborhoods, participating in civic life, and changing their lives and the lives of their loved ones for the better.

Diann Holt and the Durham Memorial Community Outreach Center
The Outreach Center is host to many activities and services that benefit the health of the Buffalo community, including the Central City Café. Central City Café has been in weekly operation since 1990 and is one of the largest soup kitchens in the city. Johnnie Holt, director of the café, is working with the LiveWell Initiative to increase the servings of fruits and vegetables and to provide nutritional education to the clientele. Diann Holt, a Local Preacher at Durham, is strongly involved with this effort at the café and with other projects to improve access to nutritious foods, opportunities for exercise, health literacy, and access to healthcare. 


Silent Voices
“We the members of Silent Voices will educate and inform our community about health issues such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and lack of physical activity. Our goal is to encourage the community to exercise, to get tested for cholesterol and various health screenings, and to develop better eating habits, which will decrease early deaths and increase quality of life.” This is the mission and vision statement of teenagers who participated in an Erie 1 BOCES civic empowerment program. The young people created an informal organization with a name, logo, and mission and learned to become agents for positive change in their communities, families, and their own lives. The group called themselves Silent Voices as an indication of their perceived lack of voice among adults and as an acknowledgement of the dangers of “silent” diseases caused by obesity.

Silent Voices Healthy Community Block Party
The young people in Silent Voices gained life, civic, and job skills by choosing a culminating activity and carrying it through to completion. The activity that Silent Voices chose was a Healthy Community Block Party. The young people cleverly combined elements of a block party with those of a health fair to provide physical activity, expose people to healthy food choices, and provide health information in a fun and engaging way. Over 80 people and 10 vendors attended the event.



Community Garden
Antonio Powers holds garden produce he helped grow and harvest in the Fruitbelt Community Gardens, a project of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture & Planning’s Center for Urban Studies. The gardens used to be vacant lots. Transformed into green open spaces, vegetable or flower gardens, they are now social gathering places to promote active living; outdoor classrooms to learn food growing, healthy eating and environmental balance; and job and training sites for youth to hone leadership skills.



Fruitbelt Garden Coordinator - Frida Ferrer
This delectable meal was prepared by Frida Ferrer with vegetables from the Fruitbelt Community Gardens. Frida is the Fruitbelt Garden Coordinator and can often be found in the garden or in the kitchen with her friends from the neighborhood.




The Ss. Columba-Brigid Teen Center
The Teen Center received a lesson in healthy Creole cooking! The teens helped with rinsing, chopping, dicing veggies as well as slicing up the fruit for the "Bananas Foster Kebabs." LiveWell Youth Coordinator Caesandra Seawell worked with the teens to make a jambalaya recipe from scratch. For dessert, the teens sliced up bananas and canned pineapple (in juice, not syrup) and then drizzled a little caramel sauce over the skewered fruit. The teens will definitely increase their confidence with more practice. Everyone seemed to enjoy the meal.


Discussing the Activity Pyramid
Teenagers at Ss. CB Teen Center discuss the differences between sedentary, active and athletic lifestyles so we can determine if they’re consuming more calories than they burn. Most of us are not athletes, yet we tend to eat more protein and calories than we can burn off during the day. Each teen applied a recommended formula to determine their individual protein needs. The teens learned that adequate protein is important, but excess protein gets converted by the body into fat.



Aitina Fareed-Cooke, site coordinator at the Pratt-Willert Center
Aitina Fareed-Cooke, led the children in choreography for a Michael Jackson tribute. The group worked on the routine for more than a week, blending six songs with aerobic exercises and some of Jackson’s memorable dance moves. Now the children will begin working with local fitness trainers at Ultimate Body Transformation to explore how physical fitness can be a lifelong goal toward increasing their flexibility, stamina, energy and improving their body image.



Dani Peters, of helped students at the Pratt-Willert Community Center
Dani Peters helped students blend their own fresh fruit smoothies using the Fender Blender. The unique bicycle is a conversation starter—and the conversation is GREEN. The conversation about creating a healthy environment starts with individuals maintaining a healthy body! Being healthy means using our human energy (calories) for transportation and entertainment. Get out there, ride your bike and play with your kids. You’ll quickly see how eating better and exercising more puts you in a better mood and helps create a healthier place to live too.


Maria Videotapes at a Hydroponic Greenhouse
Maria Melchiorre captured footage at the Growing Green hydroponic greenhouse. She featured Massachusetts Avenue Project in her Healthy Choices, Healthy Voices story about Buffalo’s vacancy issues, local food growers and community gardens. Seven young adults were selected to participate in LiveWell’s Healthy Voices, Healthy Choices Video Project over the summer.



The Health Factor
Students from South Buffalo Charter School are working with LiveWell partner Preventionfocus, Inc. to create “The Health Factor.” The Health Factor is a video magazine made by students that promotes healthy lifestyle habits. The videos were broadcast to the entire school throughout February and are an innovative way to get students involved in peer-to-peer health promotion while providing valuable technological training.



Community Partners

Community Action Organization: N.U.R.T.U.R.E. Academy at the Pratt-Willert Community Center
The LiveWell F.I.R.E campaign emphasized physical fitness as FUN! Students K-8th, who attended the center's after-school care program, participated in HipHop, Taebo, Zumba, Yoga and other aerobic exercises led by local fitness gurus from Ultimate Body Transformation Studios. Local artists from Young Audiences of WNY guided the children’s creative explorations as the children wrote and performed their own play. The performances emphasized the importance of eating healthy as a family and getting away from their video games to play outside.
Preventionfocus, Inc. at South Buffalo Charter School
Preventionfocus, Inc. partnered with South Buffalo Charter School to create a video health magazine that emphasized healthy behaviors. The school already had a video magazine and this year, through a partnership with LiveWell, the school began including “The Health Factor,” a special segment dedicated to promoting healthy habits. The health messages in “The Health Factor” were created by students for students. For each “Health Factor” video segment, a health topic was chosen, researched and made into a video. Then, the videos were broadcast to the whole school. This innovative approach encourages students to convince their peers to engage in healthier behaviors.

Ss. Columba-Brigid Church Teen Center
Teens met Friday and Saturday nights at the Ss. Columba-Brigid Church Teen Center for recreation in a place that is safe and fun. Each week, the teens spent up to 90 minutes learning about how healthy food benefits their bodies. The teens also learned to cook some simple meals like omelets, jambalaya, grilled chicken, salads and other vegetable dishes. They practiced a variety of culinary exercises so they can cook for themselves or their siblings. Guest speakers were invited to talk about their careers in health care, the food industry and fitness so teens could ask questions and learn more about occupational opportunities. As a final demonstration of all their skills, the teens prepared a three-course lasagna dinner for family and friends that was low-calorie, nutritious and tasty.

The Garden of Stewardship
The Garden of Stewardship provides fresh food for Central City Café (CCC), a soup kitchen in downtown Buffalo operated by Durham Memorial AMEZ Church. Plots are also available for local residents to adopt and grow food, flowers, herbs and other plants. The garden is built on a large grassy section of Sheehan Health Network, a medical facility adjacent to the soup kitchen, certified by Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo, and sponsored by LiveWell. Diann Holt, an ordained chaplain at Central City Café, a local preacher for the AMEZ Church and Project Coordinator of Operation H.E.A.L (Healthy Eating and Living), wanted to incorporate more fresh produce into the meals at CCC.

Bennett Park Montessori Buffalo Public School #32
With support from LiveWell, the Montessori Outdoor Learning Experience (MOLE), with help from parents, teachers and staff, rebuilt a “living classroom” garden with three raised beds. The beds are high enough for the elementary school students to stand and garden (and not get their school clothes dirty) and narrow enough so their little arms can reach the center of the rows. MOLE previously won awards for their gardens and related programs, but the beds to be removed for school expansion and construction. Students and teachers began using the new garden for 2011 summer and fall programs and collect seeds for replanting in the spring.


Friday, 07 November 2014 15:11

LiveWell - LearnWell


 LiveWell - LearnWell

Recommended Podcasts

Healthy Living

The Gary Null Show
Information about diet, nutrition, exercise and positive lifestyle modifications.

The Health Show Podcast
Tasty whole-grain public radio.

PRI: Zorba Pastor on Your Health
Heart healthy recipes from the one-hour, weekly call-in public radio program that focuses on health and lifestyle issues.

TPR: iExercise Podcast
Aimed at both the fit and less fit, providing useful information, techniques and inspiration to get fit and stay fit. Running, biking, swimming and aerobics will be covered, as well as reviews of music mixes to make the ride or the run more enjoyable.

The People’s Pharmacy Radio Program Podcast
Everything from home remedies to the latest breakthrough drugs are discussed on The People's Pharmacy. Pharmacologist Joe Graedon and medical anthropologist Terry Graedon talk to leading experts to discuss issues relating to drugs, herbs, home remedies, vitamins and related health topics.

Powerful Choices
This American Cancer Society podcast gives you the information you need to make smart choices to improve your health and help reduce your cancer risk. You can watch the videos online or download them for free.

Health Literacy

KCRW’s Second Opinion Podcast
A few minutes of medical information from the practical to the political.

KUSP’s Ask Doctor Dawn Podcast
An hour of medical questions, answers, debate, dialogue, discussion, & health in the news.




This is information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak."

Circus Fit
Play games and do cool stuff with REAL circus entertainer!

Play games and get good information from Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), who some call the "Food Police." The problems CSPI tries to solve are not usually crimes, but unsafe products, deceptive advertising, and laws that need to be changed.

Teens and Tweens

It’s My Life
Family, friends, school, body, emotions and money: Play games, watch videos, create a story, and get advice on PBS Kids Go!

BAM! Body and Mind
Got questions about fitness? Disease? Peer pressure? BAM! Body and Mind will tell you all you need to know about all the stuff that matters.

TeensHealth for Teens
This is a safe, private place for teens to get honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life.

Take Charge of Your Health
This is the Weight-control Information Network’s guide for teenagers.

All Ages

NFL Play 60
Make your pledge to the NFL to get 60 minutes of physical activity a day!

The President’s Challenge
Get moving and earn a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award!

Healthy Hopping
Do you know these jump rope rhymes, games and stunts? Try them!


For Educators



Youth-Driven Videos, Activities and Discussions to Encourage Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy Voices, Healthy Choices is a health promotion kit available free to health teachers, youth coordinators, peer leaders and others who work with adolescents, while supplies last.

Healthy Voices, Healthy Choices is based on videos and health topics produced by Western New York young people. For more information and copies of Healthy Voices, Healthy Choices contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .









Friday, 07 November 2014 14:08





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