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Hit WCNY health program ‘Cycle of Health’ returns for Season 2

WCNY’s “Cycle of Health” returns for a second 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.

It airs at 8 p.m. Thursday nights on WCNY. For viewing information, visit

New to Season 2, doctors Rich O’Neill, Maritza Alvarado, George Stanley and John Parker will join host Susan Kennedy at the end of each episode for a reflective conversation about the people and subjects that viewers met during the show.

What’s in store for Season 2?
• Meet a veteran who fought for our country – and now fights to stay healthy, safe and sober. See how he inspires others to do the same.
• Run alongside a seventy-something triathlete who gets the most out of every step of life.
• Learn first-hand what it’s like living with depression.
• See how using a smart phone and other technologies might cause damage to your health.
• Meet a woman who is pregnant and still pushing it at the gym.

Following each episode, resources will be available online for more information about the show’s subjects.

Underwriting for Season 2 of “Cycle of Health” is provided by Eye Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Central New York and Central New York Eye and Tissue Bank.

24.1 (WCNY-TV)
Thursdays at 8 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 p.m. and 4 a.m. (Thursday) with a Saturday repeat at 8 a.m., 4 p.m. 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 

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

Meditation, Massage, Herbs

School Nurses, Antidepressants, Eye Health


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