From the time my daughters were very young, I warned them that I intend to live to a hundred.
Fat chance, they say. They know what I eat.
For most of us these days, few topics are a bigger part of our lives than health and fitness. We eat too much, we sleep too little, we exercise fitfully, we dread seeing the doctor, we fume over finding care for a parent or a spouse or a child – and we worry about it all.
Starting this week, we aim to make it easier for you.
On Saturdays beginning this week, The News will have a new health and fitness section called Refresh. With Refresh, we will bring you the latest from Western New York and beyond on health, fitness, nutrition and parenting.
Refresh will have sections on family, fitness, healthy eating and wellness. It will ask questions of local health professionals and have a calendar of local health events. It will also pick up several favorite features that now run elsewhere in The News – John Rosemond’s parenting column, Dr. Zorba Paster’s health column and one of the People’s Pharmacy columns.
Our goal is to provide news and information that makes you smarter, whether you are planning an exercise routine, looking for a doctor, choosing a health club, trying to make sense of the latest medical studies or coaxing a 5-year-old to eat her vegetables (a lesson I never quite learned myself).
Refresh isn’t the only change this week. To give you more time to plan your weekend, Gusto, The News’ weekly entertainment and dining section, moves to Thursday. Homefinder Extra, The News’ weekly guide to homes for sale, moves to Friday.
Gusto also gets bigger starting this week, with more restaurant coverage, more movies and a revamped look at the weekend’s best bets.
Leading these changes are Refresh editor Scott Scanlon, Gusto editor Toni Ruberto and Bruce Andriatch, who watches over it all as the assistant managing editor in charge of The News’ lifestyle and arts sections.
Scott, Toni and Bruce know Western New York. Scott is a Cheektowaga native; Toni grew up in South Buffalo and Bruce in Tonawanda. All graduated from local colleges and all have been at The News for years. They are your neighbors, and they know what makes Western New York special.
Check out Refresh and the other changes, and let us know what you think.