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WCNY’s ‘Cycle of Health’ is back for Season 5!

Cycle of Health returns for an ALL NEW fifth season to tell the moving stories of people who are living their way to good health. An ensemble of doctors from a variety of specialties explore how a wide range of factors contribute to optimal living.

The program is hosted by Susan Kennedy, an award-winning television anchor, producer, reporter and education innovator.

Get resources about each segment, watch past episodes and engage with the show right here online!

Season 5 Highlights

  • Finding a Way to Fit Fitness into Your Life
  • How to Live to a Healthy 100
  • The Opioid Crisis in CNY
  • Hospice
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Advances in Prosthetics
Host Susan Kennedy

Host Susan Kennedy

Cycle of Health is hosted by Susan Kennedy, an accomplished television anchor, producer, reporter and education innovator who has done work for commercial television stations in Chicago and Denver, and public television in Bethlehem, Pa.

She is joined by four doctors, who take viewers around the region to meet people leading healthy lifestyles. The show’s physicians bring energy to the program through their own passion for cycling, running, swimming, exercising and other active-living hobbies.

From left are Dr. Rich O'Neill, Dr.

From left are Dr. Rich O’Neill, Dr. John Parker, Dr. Maritza Alvarado and Dr. George Stanley.

They are:

  • Dr. Rich O’Neill, a psychologist and behavioral scientist at SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Dr. George Stanley, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Syracuse Community Health Center
  • Dr. John Parker, an orthopedic surgeon at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists
  • Dr. Maritza Alvarado, pediatrician

Season 5

Discussing Healthcare Today

Full Body Donation, Obese No More

Hospice Care and Volunteerism, End of Life Conversations and Documents

The New Dunbar Community Center, Public Health, Sole Sisters in Health

Positive Active Aging, Fall Prevention

Inspiring Fitness Instructor, Water and Obesity, Puppies and Prisoners, Electronic Medical Records

Fresh Food, Friendship, and Fitness


Season 4

Kelleigh's Cause, Building a Healthy Neighborhood, and Running a Race

Eye Donation, Corneal Transplant, and Eye Cancer

Fibromyalgia and Laborists/Hospitalists

Fecal Transplants and Managed Long Term Care

Value of Vaccines and Jill Walsh - Multiple Sclerosis

Elective Birth Procedures and New Year's Resolutions

Stroke Device, Heart Health in Kids, Coming back from Injury

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, and Exercise as We Age

Refugee Health and Engagement, and Saying Goodbye

Adult and Pediatric Pain Management and Humanitarian Help

Purposeful Living, Pelvic Pain, and Farm to Pantry

Skin Cancer, Teen Tanning, Blind Cyclist

Bone Marrow, Chi Running

Season 3

Scoliosis Rod, Positive Parenting

Self Harming, Living with HIV

Genetic Counseling, Alcoholism

Teen Contraception, Hearing Loss in Children, Stress at Work

ALS, Eating Disorders, Blind Faith: Angela Winfield

Self-defense, Workplace Wellness

Food Baby, Ketogenic Diet and Epilepsy, Super Mom

Domestic Violence, Calming Kids, Infertility

Young Widow, LHON Eye Disease, Music and Alzheimers

Brain Tumor, Menopause, Make a Wish

Cystic Fibrosis, SIDS, Keeping Fit

Palliative Care, No Regrets

Parkinson's Disease, Stem Cell Girl, Running Streak

Designing Healthier Communities, Lyme Disease, Father and Son Training

Skin Cancer, Refugee Health, Benefits of Singing

Opiate Addiction, Veterans, and Senior Tri-Athletes

Farmer Hub, Urban Garden, and Plant a Row

Concussions, Fractures, and Lenny Tucker

Flow/Happiness, Tourette's Syndrome, and Stroke

Pregnancy/Exercise, Women and Heart Disease, and Pet Therapy

Tissue Cancer, Equine Therapy, and Prescription Adherence

Power of Sleep, Breast Cancer Among Women of Color, and Autism

Dental Crisis, Ayurvedic Medicine, Hip Replacement

Special Needs/Schools, Prostate Cancer, Fibroids/Endometriosis

Season 2

Meditation, Massage, Herbs

School Nurses, Antidepressants, Eye Health

Thursdays at 8 p.m. with a repeat Sundays at 1 p.m.

Saturdays at 3 a.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m.

Wednesdays at noon, 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. (Thursday) with a Saturday repeat at 8 a.m., 4 p.m. and midnight.

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