Root canals and comedy clubs. It’s true that one is significantly more pleasant than the other, but they share the same goal: To put a smile on your face. There is another commonality. Both are among the patient services at Brockport Smiles, a dental office with a fresh approach to patient care and oral health.

Jonathan “Jon” Levitt spent the last years of his promising young life battling the grips of a merciless addiction to opioids. Jon was an attractive and athletic young man. He excelled in sports, particularly hockey, was academically successful throughout his high school years, with a particular fondness for history, and was a gifted artist. By all accounts, Jon was the son most people dream of raising.

For years, Darcie Buffone, a fourth-grade teacher at Armstrong School District’s Shannock Valley Elementary, struggled with weight. She tried diets and lifestyle changes that, for some, would have generated long-lasting results. Then, in 2015, Buffone learned her inability to lose weight was no fault of her own — it was because her thyroid gland was not functioning properly.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or is it? Full of festive decor and family traditions, the months of November and December can provide plenty to be jolly about. But they also come with their fair share of holiday health hazards.

There’s a new food truck rolling around town. But don’t expect to see it at the festival circuit anytime soon. This repurposed, full-sized school bus is Gates-Chili Central School District’s creative and game-changing way of making sure children get at least one hot meal per day during the summer months.

It’s said that a positive attitude is essential to health and wellness. Keeping a positive attitude in the face of great obstacles — tragedy, anger, violence, illness or hardship — is life’s toughest challenge. Hank Commodore has a simple, unfailing solution: Humble yourself with wisdom, and practice love and kindness to humankind.