healthy living

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Wednesday at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Berkshire Health Systems announced a new partnership with the Canyon Ranch Institute that will bring the Institute’s nationally recognized Life Enhancement Program to medically underserved and low-income individuals.

Dr. Richard Carmona, President of the Canyon Ranch Institute Board of Directors and the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, said prevention needs to be the new focus of healthcare providers.

Hannah Rank

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will announce new legislation to expand markets for farmers and increase the availability of locally-grown food at an event scheduled for this afternoon. The venue for her announcement is the latest addition to the ever-expanding landscape of grocery retailers in New York’s Capital Region. The store is adding a new dimension to the competition for customers by focusing on local and all-natural foods, as WAMC’s Hannah Rank reports.

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The Centers For Disease Control has awarded a $2 million dollar grant for a wellness initiative in Springfield Massachusetts.  The money will fund several efforts aimed at improving access to healthy eating and physical activity.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.