About Us


Healthy Options Buffalo

In 2004, the Independent Health Foundation created the Healthy Options Buffalo program to help our community make informed decisions about healthy eating, and as a result, help address the high rates of stroke and heart disease prevalent in Western New York. Through this program, the Foundation works with area restaurants to offer heart-healthy food options that are considered lower in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. To help make it easier for the community to find healthier options while dining out, we have compiled a list of more than 250 local restaurants and food trucks that participate in the program. You can find a full list of participating restaurants, as well as the items they offer with nutritional facts, in our restaurant guide.

The Healthy Options program also offers cooking classes where local restaurant chefs demonstrate step-by-step how to transform an array of ingredients into a culinary masterpiece. All skill levels are welcome to watch or join in and have fun!  Our page also features healthy recipes and dining tips to show that you can make healthy choices in any dining situation. 

Healthy Options is always growing through community partnerships. Visit the partnerships tab to see our current partners and how you can become one! If you have any questions, or suggestions for other items you would like to find on our site, please contact us here.



Independent Health Foundation

A healthy community benefits everyone who lives in it. The Independent Health Foundation focuses on providing the Western New York community with the support and resources people can use to lead healthy lifestyles - today and in the future.

Through our programs, seminars and events, our goal is to:

-Promote positive healthy changes and behaviors in our community.

-Provide health education and wellness screenings to underserved populations.

-Empower individuals to become educated health care consumers.

-Collaborate with local schools, community groups and businesses.  


Below is a list of other events and programming we provide to the WNY community through the Independent Health Foundation. 




Kids Run Buffalo 

This annual 1.8- mile walk/run held at Delaware park encourages families to exercise and stay active together. Trophies are awarded to the top runners, and all participants receive a medal and are given discounted admission to the Buffalo Zoo immediately following the event. Through this event, 5,000 family participants, are learning the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Register here

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First Night Buffalo

Ring in the New Year with Western New York's largest drug- and alcohol-free New Year's Eve Celebration. First Night Buffalo promotes healthy New Year's resolutions by encouraging people to have fun and be safe. The message of living a healthy lifestyle is intertwined with an evening of frun activities and performances. Last year's event drew attendance of more than 5,000! The event includes carnival rides, bounce houses, live music, magicians, jugglers, and much more! Learn more



Soccer For Success

Soccer for Success is an innovative youth development program created by the U.S.Soccer Foundation that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promotehealthy lifestyles for children in under-resourced urban communities. Independent Health Foundation implements this program for 1,000 children in the City of Buffalo. To register your child for Soccer for Success, click here




Good for the Neighborhood

This event takes place in at-risk neighborhoods throughout the year, bringing free health screenings, a farmer's market, healthy recipes, nutrition classes, fitness programs and more to participants. It helps link families to resources for healthier living right in their neighborhoods. The program is currently in the East and West Sides of Buffalo, Lackawanna, and the City of Niagara Falls. Learn more.




Fitness for Kids Challenge 

Fitness for Kids Challenge is a free community-wide initiative aimed at combating the rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the youth of Western New York. This program challenges every participating elementary school child to increase their physical activity and make good nutrition choices both in school and at home throughout the year.


Taps & Apps 

This event held each fall, is a food, beer, and wine tasting fundraiser that includes samples from local Healthy Options® restaurants, breweries, and wineries. This exciting event features live entertainment, giveaways, and a silent auction. Learn more.