Premieres on WNED-TV on March 9 at 8:00 p.m.

(Repeats March 18 at 11:30 p.m., March 19 at 9:30 a.m., and March 26 at 4:30 p.m.)

Ah, Spring! The most anticipated season in Western New York and Southern Ontario. After our long winters, we look forward to the warmth of the sun, and clear days. We shed our layers; feel active, and light hearted. With Spring comes revival, rejuvenation, romanticism, growth, hope, beauty, color and a new pledge program on gardening from WNED-TV.

Gardening, this most ancient of hobbies is incredibly popular across Western New York and Southern Ontario —from the smallest spaces to expansive backyard escapes. By the time summer officially arrives there will be glorious gardens in full bloom—urban gardens, flower beds, vegetable gardens, balcony gardens— it’s all a labor of love. Gardeners certainly face some challenges in our region where the growing season last only 6-7 months. Plant hardiness zones in our area range from zone 4-6b with microclimates created by the proximity of the lakes, location on the Niagara Escarpment or by the protection brought about by a densely built urban block.

Traditionally gardening skills were passed down from one generation to the next. Today that chain of knowledge has been broken and some skills have been lost over time. Without that garden wisdom the grass may indeed always look greener, and the gardens more spectacular on the other side of the fence. Garden Wisdom for Western New York & Southern Ontario will blend the art and science of gardening and help viewers rediscover simple, green, sustainable tips and techniques from growing their own organic vegetables and creating compost, to adding low maintenance pollinator-friendly native plants to ornamental beds. Experts will not only share the how-to, but help viewers understand the why-to. There is no such thing as a black thumb-everyone can grow a garden with the proper knowledge.

Hosted by Susan Hunt and geared toward the specific needs of gardeners in Western New York and Southern Ontario, this program will offer secrets to planning, cultivating and nurturing your own great gardens and landscapes using time-proven solutions and sustainable practices as well as tips and shortcuts for gardeners of all levels of experience that will save time, money and resources.

The production approach of the program will focus on practical, useful information that viewers can easily put to use. It is about getting our hands into the dirt and demonstrating time-tested gardening techniques. Gardening experts from Western New York and Southern Ontario will have you cultivating your own great garden in no time.  

Funding for Garden Wisdom for Western New York & Southern Ontario is provided by

HSBC Bank USA and the members of WNED-TV.

 

Published in Regional Productions
Monday, 28 September 2015 20:40

Focus on Education

There is perhaps no issue more important to the future of Buffalo and Western New York than education.

WNED|WBFO’s Focus on Education initiative is a reporting and outreach project that examines the many challenges facing schools today. From the poor graduation rate in Buffalo to the controversy over Common Core Learning Standards, our comprehensive coverage informs and engages the community as it looks for solutions for students.

WBFO’s newsroom has produced hundreds of stories featuring a cross-section of topics and diversity in education in the Western New York community. Recognized by community stakeholders, WBFO’s Focus on Education has been a participant in educational panels and events to inform the public about what students need to graduate.

We also examine the many efforts underway to improve education in Buffalo and Western New York, including programs such as Promise Neighborhood and Say Yes to Education.

This exciting initiative is funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is part of American Graduate – Let’s Make It Happen! – a public media initiative to address the dropout crisis.

Published in Programming Highlights

“The Klondike Gold Rush” to air Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST on PBS

WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto presents a new historical documentary, “The Klondike Gold Rush coming to PBS Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST (check local listings). The film explores the history, hope and hardship in search of fortune in Canada’s Yukon Territory.

Published in Individual Shows
Monday, 24 November 2014 13:37

Target Prevention

Watch Target Prevention now

 

Western New York’s statistics for health and wellness tell a troubling story. Ours is a community in which many individuals and families struggle with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. What makes this issue even more troubling is that even with the wealth of health information and services available – many do not ask the vital questions or get the critical preventive medical services.

Health researchers identify many screening and maintenance procedures that can be used to prevent future health challenges. These range from cholesterol screenings, routine lab work for annual physical exams to specific cancer screenings. There is also a tendency to overlook the role that lifestyle plays in our overall health. We are all dealt a genetic hand of cards, a predisposition to certain diseases we cannot control. For most people, health behaviors trump inherited risk—70-80% of disease is determined by lifestyle.

We each hold a lot of power when it comes to our health. We have the unique opportunity to prevent, stall or lessen the impact of many diseases. Target Prevention, a WNED-TV original production, will show you the most effective things you can do to take control of your health.

Host Susan Hunt is joined by Dr. Fuad Sheriff of Amherst Medical Associates and Dr. Joseph Corigliano from Buffalo Medical Group to discuss the significant role individuals play in their health and wellness. Personal stories featuring individuals and health professionals are woven throughout the program to emphasize the major themes.

Research demonstrates the positive impact of exercise and good nutrition. Small choices we make everyday really do impact our health. We also need to make certain that we take advantage of screening tests that lead to early detection, better treatment and even prevention. Our “targets” with this program are cardiovascular disease and cancer focusing on high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer.

 

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Published in Individual Shows
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:34

HSBC Water Programme

 

 

HSBC Water Programme - companion to "If Our Water Could Talk"

For HSBC, being sustainable means managing our business across the world for the long term. That means achieving sustainable profits for our shareholders, building long-lasting relationships with customers, valuing our highly committed employees, respecting environmental limits and investing in communities.

Protecting and preserving the environment is a key focus of our philanthropic and volunteer efforts. We are committed to finding ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce our impact on the environment and make our communities healthier places to live. We support varied initiatives and organizations that focus on environmental policy development, public awareness and education, and scientific research to improve the sustainability and resilience of eco-systems. 

Water is critical to eco-systems, and water is a huge and growing global challenge. It is essential to all human activity and a fundamental driver of socio-economic growth but, as a resource, it is under strain from population growth, development and climate change. It is because water is vital to building healthy communities and developing national economies that HSBC has chosen to invest its time and resources in the HSBC Water Programme. Launched in 2012 and backed by an investment of US$100 million over five years, the HSBC Water Programme is a partnership with three NGOs – WWF (World Wildlife Fund), WaterAid and Earthwatch. The programme will benefit communities in need and provide information for more efficient management of vital freshwater resources. To learn more, visit thewaterhub.org.

 

Published in Water Talk
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