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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, June 19

A photo from Lake Ontario flooding in 2017
Veronica Volk
A photo from Lake Ontario flooding in 2017

First hour: Discussing the future of development and home ownership along Lake Ontario

Second hour: What does true wellness mean?

Property owners along the shores of Lake Ontario are dealing with devastating flooding. Soon, many will be faced with decisions related to how much to replant or rebuild. We discuss the situation on the lakeshore and what it means for future development and home ownership. Our guests: 

  • Jim Howe, director of the Nature Conservancy in Central and Western New York
  • Frank Bevacqua, public information officer for the International Joint Commission
  • Frank Sciremammano Jr., mechanical engineer and former member of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board
  • Doug Dobson, property owner on Edgemere Drive

Then in our second hour, a conversation about the wellness industry. Writing for the "New York Times," novelist Jessica Knoll compared the wellness industry to the diet industry, calling it "a dangerous con that seduces smart women with pseudoscientific claims of increasing energy, reducing inflammation, lowering the risk of cancer and healing skin, gut and fertility problems." Critics who agree with Knoll say the wellness industry over-promises and sometimes exploits participants. But some people in the industry say there are effective wellness methods that improve mental and physical health. This hour, we talk about what true wellness means through the lens of nutrition and mental health. Our guests:

  • Jill Chodak, clinical dietitian with the Center for Community Health & Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Lou Guadagnino, co-founder of Living Stress Free Inc.
  • Nicole VanDenBergh, former yoga instructor
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.