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WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcasting company, is taking a new approach to educating the community about health issues by telling the moving stories of people who have overcome significant health challenges. For the series, WCNY is partnering with four impassioned doctors to present a multi-faceted view of the experience of a health crisis—how it affects individual patients and their families and what happens during treatment, recovery and adapting to a new-normal of healthy living.

“This program tells remarkable stories of recovery and resilience,” said Robert J. Daino, WCNY president and CEO. “The doctors look at each individual not only from a physical point of view, but also from a mental health and emotional well-being perspective. Without sugar-coating the devastation that comes from major illness or injury, the series shows how people can emerge from these challenges with fulfilling lives and a positive outlook.”

The new 13-part, WCNY-produced series premieres at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning May 8, across WCNY’s 19-county viewing area. Hosted by Susan Kennedy, the series partners with four “Cycle of Health” doctors:

• Rich O’Neill, Ph.D., a psychologist and behavioral scientist at 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

Episode one features a triathlete pedaling her way through multiple sclerosis, an award-winning caregiver combatting stress with sensitivity as she helps her aging mother, and the story of premature babies 20 years later. A range of other topics include childhood diabetes, lunchroom makeovers, and the donation of organs after a tragedy.

“Cycle of Health” re-airs at 1 p.m. Sundays on WCNY and at 6 p.m. on WCNY’s Create channel. Each episode is also available online at

Underwriting for “Cycle of Health” is provided by BHL and BCG, Eye Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Central New York and Central New York Eye and Tissue Bank, and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

24.1 (WCNY-TV)
Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. with a repeat Sundays at 1 p.m.

24.2 (WCNY-Create)
Saturdays at 3 a.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m.

HowTo Channel 1278
Wednesdays at noon, 8 pm and 4 a.m. (Thursday) with a Saturday repeat at 8 am, 4 pm and midnight.

Host Susan Kennedy

Host Susan Kennedy

Cycle of Health will be 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’ll be 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 

Multiple Sclerosis athlete, Caregiver stress, Premature Babies

Childhood Diabetes, Prenatal Care, Patient Advocacy, Ulcerative Colitis

Heart Disease and Longevity, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lunch Room Makeovers

Wife Gives Husband Kidney, Organ donation after tragedy, Blind Athlete

Breast Cancer: Advocacy, Screening and Genetic Testing

Choosing a Nursing Home, Living Vegan, How to be a Good Patient, Hopeful 2016 Paraolympian

Losing Weight, Pediatric Obesity, Poverty and Nutrition

How to Quit Smoking, e-cigarette Vontroversy, Kids and Smoking

Fighting Addiction, Standing up against R-word, understanding Alzheimer’s

Cancer and the Triathlete, Living with Diabetes, Technology and Aging

Treating Colon Cancer, Pediatric Asthma, Fitness with Fido

Midwifery, Fitness Transformations, Triathlete Kids

Music and Child Development, and Family Fitness



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