Fidelis: Add health insurance to your child's list of back-to-school supplies

Health and Fitness Editorial submitted by Fidelis Care

As the start of the school year approaches and many children need physicals and updated immunizations to go back to school, Fidelis Care reminds parents that free or low-cost health insurance coverage is available to almost all children through the New York state-sponsored program Child Health Plus.

"It is critical for all children to receive regular medical care," said Fidelis Care Chief Marketing Officer Pamela Hassen. "Children who have health insurance are more likely to see a doctor for routine exams and when they are sick. Child Health Plus makes that possible."

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UB cardiologist appointed to prestigious review committee

John M. Canty Jr., M.D., the Albert and Elizabeth Rekate Professor of Medicine in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences - UB's chief of cardiovascular medicine - has been appointed to the Heart, Lung and Blood Program Project Review Committee of the National Institutes of Health. He will serve on the committee for four years.

The Heart, Lung and Blood Program Project Review Committee is responsible for advising the directors of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institutes of Health concerning programs and activities in the areas of heart, blood vessel, lung and blood diseases, sleep disorders and blood resource management.

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Mount St. Mary's to host community health needs forum

The Mount St. Mary's Neighborhood Health Center at 3101 Ninth St., Niagara Falls, will be the location for a forum on identifying community health needs. Facilitated by the P2 Collaborative of Western New York, the forum, titled "Have a Say in Your Healthcare," will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The goal of the session is to hear from local residents about ideas and potential solutions to health care issues in the community.

Refreshments will be provided. Call 716-298-2146 for more information.

State DoH awards county cancer services program to Memorial

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been selected by the state Department of Health to administer the Niagara County Cancer Services Program.

The program, which previously operated under the auspices of the Niagara County Department of Public Health, oversees the delivery of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening and diagnostic services to eligible uninsured and underinsured residents.

Memorial will work with other county hospitals, health care providers and community-based organizations to conduct community outreach and provide screening, diagnostic and case management services along with public education.

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Eternal Brothers Motorcycle Club supports Niagara Hospice

The Eternal Brothers Motorcycle Club stopped by Niagara Hospice recently to donate proceeds from its recent motorcycle run and basket auction to benefit Niagara Hospice patients and their families. The club hosted the Elizabeth Forgione-Bondi Annual Motorcycle Run & Basket Auction Aug. 3, with dozens of bikers and their families attending to help raise funds for Niagara Hospice's work.

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College is in session: National Grid offers lessons in saving energy and money

If your class schedule has replaced summer novels, and you're packing the family car, it can mean only one thing: it's back to school time.

National Grid urges students and their families to consider energy efficiency and safety as a way to better improve one's living space. Whether living in a dormitory or apartment, applying energy conservation and safety measures can be both simple and cost effective.

If you are shopping for a new computer, make sure to select one with an Energy Star rating to save both energy and money in the long term. Energy Star computers are up to 70 percent more efficient than their un-rated counterparts.

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