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Birmingham Public Library Central Branch

Our main goal is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. We can achieve this by attending the weekly class held every Saturday from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. The class targets issues important to parents with children ages birth- 12 yrs.old . I know if we work together we can make a difference.

Clay House Children’s Center aka Bessemer Advocacy Center

DETAILS WHERE: 1830 Dartmouth Avenue   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Every Friday from 10:00 am until 11:00 am TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Families, Support Groups for Families and Children

Our main goal is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. We can achieve this by attending the weekly class held every Friday  from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. The class targets issues important to parents with children ages birth -12 yrs.old . I know if we work together we can make a difference.

Don Hawkins Recreational Center

DETAILS WHERE: 8920 Roebuck Boulevard   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Every Thursday from 1:00-2:00 pm TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Families, Support Groups for Families and Children

Our main goal is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. We can achieve this by attending the weekly class held every Thursday from 1:00 pm  until 2:00 pm. The class targets issues important to parents with children ages birth- 12 yrs. I know if we work together we can make a difference.

Exchange Club Family Skills Center

DETAILS WHERE: 2300 10th Court South   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Every Tuesday from 6:30 -7:30 pm TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Families, Support Groups for Families and Children

Our main goal is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. We can achieve this by attending the weekly class held every Tuesday from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm. The class targets issues important to parents with children ages 10- 17 yrs.old only. I know if we work together we can make a difference.

Smithfield Library

DETAILS WHERE: 1-8th Avenue West   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Every Monday from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Families, Support Groups for Families and Children

Our main goal is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. We can achieve this by attending the weekly class held every Monday from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm. The class targets issues important to parents with children ages birth -12 yrs. old. I know if we work together we can make a difference.      

Southside Teen Positive Parenting Group (PPG) at The Exchange Club Family Skill Center

Positive Parenting Groups are FREE ongoing educational support groups that meet weekly. There are several classes to choose from, including a class for parents of teenagers. Our Positive Parenting Groups are open to ALL parents/caregivers of children 0-17, or expecting parents wanting to learn more about parenting and a positive way of discipline in...

Columbiana Positive Parenting Group (PPG) at The Exchange Club Family Skill Center Copy

DETAILS WHERE: 1-8 Avenue West Birmingham, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Meets Tuesdays from 10am-11am Shelby County DHR TAGS: Pratt, Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Families, Support Groups for Families and Children

Positive Parenting Groups are FREE ongoing educational support groups that meet weekly. There are several classes to choose from, including a class for parents of teenagers. Our Positive Parenting Groups are open to ALL parents/caregivers of children 0-17, or expecting parents wanting to learn more about parenting and a positive way of discipline in...

Smithfield Positive Parenting Group (PPG) at The Exchange Club Family Skill Center

DETAILS WHERE: 1-8 Avenue West Birmingham, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Meets Mondays from 11am-12pm at Smithfield Library TAGS: Pratt, Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Families, Support Groups for Families and Children

Positive Parenting Groups are FREE ongoing educational support groups that meet weekly. There are several classes to choose from, including a class for parents of teenagers. Our Positive Parenting Groups are open to ALL parents/caregivers of children 0-17, or expecting parents wanting to learn more about parenting and a positive way of discipline in...

Roebuck Positive Parenting Group (PPG) at The Exchange Club Family Skill Center

Positive Parenting Groups are FREE ongoing educational support groups that meet weekly. There are several classes to choose from, including a class for parents of teenagers. Our Positive Parenting Groups are open to ALL parents/caregivers of children 0-17, or expecting parents wanting to learn more about parenting and a positive way of discipline in...

Downtown Positive Parenting Group (PPG) at The Exchange Club Family Skill Center

Positive Parenting Groups are FREE ongoing educational support groups that meet weekly. There are several classes to choose from, including a class for parents of teenagers. Our Positive Parenting Groups are open to ALL parents/caregivers of children 0-17, or expecting parents wanting to learn more about parenting and a positive way of discipline in...

Family Service Center of Jefferson County

Managing Parental Stress and Anger: How to keep your buttons from being pushed while staying in control of yourself and your child.

Red Mountain Park

DETAILS WHERE: 2011 Frankfurt Drive   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM every Saturday beginning January 23rd TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Parks, Events, Healthy Families, Family-Friendly Activities, Healthcare

NOW OFFERING GUIDED HIKES–EVERY SATURDAY BEGINNING JAN. 23RD What: See how Birmingham became “The Magic City”! You will meet your guide at the Trailhead and take an engaging walk along the ruins of old mine structures and railroad beds, learning how Red Mountain iron ore once fed the nation’s thirst for steel. Whether you are a history buff,...

Red Mountain Park

DETAILS WHERE: 2011 Frankfurt Drive   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Hike Dates: October 18th, November 15th, January 17th, February 21st, March 20th and April 17th. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Parks, Events

Friends of Red Mountain Park Hike Series is ready to kick off its third consecutive year of hiking, exploring, learning and discovering! Join us for FREE guided trail hikes at Red Mountain Park every third Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM. Each hike will offer a unique look into the history, nature and exciting plans for a signature urban green space. All...

The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital Diabetes and Nutrition Education

DETAILS WHERE: 2000 6th Ave South   ( Map ) USER RATING: WHEN: Educators are available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Classes are held weekly. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Support + Education, Diabetes Education Classes, Support + Education, diabetes education, classes

Diabetes Education at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital is an ADA-Recognized program offering comprehensive diabetes education in group and individual settings. Our classes focus on the AADE Seven Diabetes Self-Care Behaviors: Health Eating, Reducing Risks, Being Active, Healthy Coping, Taking Medications, Monitoring, and Problem Solving. Patients complete...

FREE Community Grief Support Services

Community Grief Support Services (CGSS) is a safe place where people grieving the death of a loved one can find hope and healing and meet with others who have had this experience and understand. Together they learn how to regain control of their lives in an environment of care, comfort and healing. CGSS offers grief support in the form of private...

Community Education South

This is a Senior Citizen Symposium that will address common health care issues of the elderly to include Diabetes, Hypertension and Stress Management. Widowhood, Medicare/Medicaid coverage and approaches to promote optimal holistic wellness are incorporated to establish health compliance. A physician/practitioner will present changes that normally occur...

Friends of Red Mountain Park Nature Hike

Be an important part of building Red Mountain Park's plant inventory on this 2 mile, moderate difficulty hike! Help identify as many species of wildflowers and unique flora at the Park as possible, and maybe you'll discover a new species named after you! This hike will be an interpretive, conversation based exercise led by a botanical expert. For this...

The NEW West Homewood Farmer’s Market

The farmers' market in West Homewood is switching it up this year! The market will no longer be open on Saturday mornings, but instead, it will be open on Tuesdays from 5pm-8pm during June and July and every 3rd Tuesday during August and September.

The LightHouse at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church

DETAILS WHERE: 2061 Kentucky Avenue Vestavia Hills, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Circuit Classes: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 PM Body Recall: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:15 - 9:15 AM Zumba: Monday/Wednesday 5:30 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Exercise Classes

The Lighthouse is the leisure and recreational facility at the church. Use of the facilities is free to both Church members and non-members.  They offer three classes, Circuit Training, Body Recall, and Zumba. There are also a variety of cardio and weight training machines. Check out their website or call them for more information!

Volunteer Vacation at Red Mountain Park

Beginning March 30th and running through April 3rd Red Mountain Park is hosting Volunteer Vacation! This year’s Volunteer Vacation is going to be a little different in that we are offering morning and afternoon time slots; 9:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Stay the whole time or part of the time, that is up to you, all we ask is that you have fun...

National Depression Screening Day

  Holidays are a stressful time of the year. Many of us travel, have friends or family visit, and spend more money than usual. These stressors can impact our mental health. Mental health is often something that is overlooked but it is just as important as your physical health. One of the most common mental health issues is depression....

Depression resources in the Birmingham area

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, it's important to seek help.   Listed below are a few resources in the Birmingham area for those affected by depression or other mental health problems:   Support Group for those with Depression or Bipolar Disorder (Free) What? – This support group...

4 Simple Tips For Healthier Tailgating

Football season is finally here. There is nothing more fun than tailgating with your friends and family.   Here are some tips to make sure that you can enjoy tailgating this year while staying healthy:   1) Offer to bring something yourself. This way you will be guaranteed to have a healthy option available. Some...

UAB Pediatric Dentistry

The UAB Pediatric Dentistry Clinic provides families with quality care directed by board-certified  or board-eligible specialists in pediatric dentistry. To make an appointment for you child at the Finn Children's Clinic, please call  at 205-934-4546. This clinic is located on UAB's campus, on the third floor of the UAB...

Start the Grill: Low sugar barbeque sauce

Good barbecue is pretty much a staple for many of us in the South. For me barbecue is only as good as the sauce, but many store-bought barbecue sauces are very high in sugar and pack a surprising amount of calories in a small serving.     For example, Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbeque Sauce has 16 grams (about 3 tsp) of sugar and 70...

Children’s Hospital Diabetes Center

The diabetes program at Children's of Alabama is one of the largest in the country serving more than 2,600 children with diabetes. They provide comprehensive services for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with type I and II diabetes, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, steroid-induced diabetes, post-pancreatectomy diabetes, and other rare forms...

Songs for Sight

This is a peer support group for children with vision impairment and their families.  Childhood vision impairment is a rare condition and often children with vision impairment have never met another child with similar challenges.  The Songs for Sight Youth Low Vision Support Group provides the opportunity for children and parents to know that they are...

How much sugar is in your sauce?

We all know that sweets contain a lot of sugar, but sugar is also hiding in a lot of processed savory foods. Foods like barbeque sauce, ketchup, canned soup and spaghetti sauce can pack a lot of sugar. I was surprised how much added sugar is in jarred spaghetti sauce. While tomatoes have some natural sugar in them, a lot of companies add extra sugar to...

Be active: Bike!

Bicycle riding is a fun and easy way to get exercise in our city. Many roads have plenty of room for cyclists and cars to co-exist safely. Every day, Birmingham is becoming more accessible for people who want to ride. Not only are bicycles great for staying physically active, they also provide an alternative means of transportation. Imagine going on...

Hike with us: Discover hiking trails and events near you!

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Parks, Events

Celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® on June 7 at Red Mountain Park! Enjoy a two-mile hike starting at 9am along Red Mountain’s most popular trail, the Ridge walk. If you enjoy hiking, consider joining one of these sponsored hikes: Southeastern Outings will lead a moderately easy four-mile hike on the Brookside Walking...

Are you drinking your calories?

Are you drinking your calories? Many people don’t realize how much sugar and calories are in drinks. Drinks can easily add up to 1,000 calories a day which can cause us to gain weight. Soda, sport drinks, sweet tea, and even fruit juices all have sugar. One 20-ounce bottle of soda can add 240 calories and 13 teaspoons of sugar to your diet. Sports...

Make Every Day World No Tobacco Day

Celebrating 2 years! The Magic City went smoke free on June 1st, 2012 a day after the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day. Let’s celebrate a smoke-free city on May 31st. This is a time for organizations all over the world to highlight the health risks related to tobacco use. Globally, tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death....

Eating Out: Tips for making healthier choices

Eating out can be fun and convenient, but it can also be difficult to stick to a healthy diet when dining at restaurants. The portion sizes are often larger than what we would eat for a meal at home and we don’t always have complete information about what is going into our food at restaurants. Here are some tips to help you make healthier choices when...

Connect with others: Cooper Green Diabetes Support Group

Cooper Green Mercy Health System offers a monthly Diabetes Support Group Meeting. The Support Group meeting is held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 9:00-10:00 am in the 2nd floor Cafeteria. These support groups are great time to learn more about staying healthy and to hear from others about their experiences with diabetes. In April, Debbie...

See Clearly in Healthy Vision Month

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthcare, Eye Care

We're focusing on eye health this month, because May will be Healthy Vision Month. Annual eye exams are an important part of staying healthy. Dilated eye exams are the only way to catch eye disease early and can even help to detect early signs of other illnesses.1 For people with diabetes, it is especially important to have regular exams by an eye...

Farmers’ Markets: Eat healthier this spring with fresh, local produce

Farmers' markets and community gardens can be a great way to find local and low-cost fruit and vegetables to help you eat healthier. As spring returns, many of the farmers' markets will be re-opening soon! Here are few markets you may want to check out in the coming weeks: Pepper Place Saturday Market This lively market on 2nd Avenue South will be...

Add More Veggies into Your Diet for National Nutrition Month®

We are always being told to eat more vegetables. This is because vegetables have many benefits for our health. Vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals, as well as being high in fiber and low in carbohydrates.  Eating more vegetables is a great way to help control your carbohydrate and caloric intake, while still satisfying your hunger1. The...

Scale Back Alabama

Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a statewide weight-loss contest designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and to have fun while doing it. Since the first contest in 2007, Alabamians have lost more than one million pounds! SBA begins their 10-week annual competitions in mid-January. Whether you register for the competition or not, the SBA website offers...

20-minute meal: Easy seared and steamed fish

Many of us are intimidated by cooking fresh or frozen fish, but this simple technique from the UAB Windows into Wellness blog makes this healthy food both simple to prepare and delicious. Our own staff member, Rebecca Honaker tried out this recipe using frozen Tilapia filets. Tilapia is a great choice for those who don't prefer a strong fishy...

4 Steps to Turning New Year’s Resolutions Into Realities

Repost from UAB Medicine   Every year people are good at making resolutions, but they soon fail before the first month is complete. UAB Internist, Jane Jung, MD, says you can improve your chances of success by following these four steps: identify an attainable goal, specify a plan to reach it, give reasons why you want to fulfill the...

24/7, 365 days of the year. Diabetes doesn’t stop. Neither should you.

Every day you make an extraordinary effort to manage your diabetes. Here are some resources to help you work toward your goals:   1. Support Groups: Talk about managing diabetes at Oasis Women's Counseling Center, FMS Pharmacy Free Support Group, Cooper Green Health System's Support Groups and more.   2. Healthy Eating: Learn new recipes...

Diabetes on a Budget

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, More, Additional Resources

Written by: John P. Shelley and Rebecca Honaker, BA Reviewed by: April Agne, MPH With the rising costs of prescriptions and everyday supplies, like test strips, taking better care of your diabetes can be an expensive (and overwhelming) goal. Becoming a smarter shopper can go a long way in bringing down those prices, without sacrificing your health. ...

The Delicious Dietician

The Delicious Dietician is a private practice providing one-on-one dietary guidance and easy-to-follow meal plans tailored to your needs. The practice has a program specifically designed for people diagnosed with diabetes that follows their mission of real food for real people. The Delicious Dietician has several locations in Birmingham and Fultondale, as...

Mental Health Resource Directory for Alabama

The Mental Health Resource Directory for Alabama is a helpful tool to link people to mental health services in Alabama. The site includes a broad range of resources, including non-profit organizations, private practitioners, groups, and individuals who provide mental health services, treatment, information, support, and referral services. You can search...

Steps for Taking Care of Your Feet

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthcare, Foot Care

Taking care of your feet is very important if you have diabetes. Diabetes can lead to a few problems that can hurt your feet. High blood glucose levels cause nerve damage (known as neuropathy) in your feet and legs.1 This can mean that you may not be able to feel heat or cold as well and that you can have a cut or sore on your foot without knowing it....

Help with Medication Costs

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, More, Additional Resources

Medications can be very expensive. If you are having trouble covering the cost of your medications, here are some ways you may be able to get help.   Talk with your doctor. Let your doctor know that it is difficult to pay for all your medications. They may be able to find alternatives or suggest Patient Assistance Programs for...

Sugar: The Other White Drug with Jennifer Cole Conn at Homewood Public Library

Sugar: The Other White Drug: We’re a nation that’s sweet on sugar: the average U.S. adult downs 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, according to the American Heart Association, and surveys have found that teens swallow 34 teaspoons. Although some argue that sugar is just “empty calories,” a growing body of scientific evidence is showing that fructose can...

UAB Windows into Wellness

"From recipes to exercise tips to motivational messages, Windows into Wellness, the UAB Wellness blog, provides inspiration for healthy living 5 days a week. 'The goal of the blog is to share the many ways we can make our lives and those around us better,” says UAB Wellness Director Lauren Whitt, PhD. “One of the missions of the UAB Wellness program...

HomeFit Consulting

HomeFit delivers professional health and wellness consulting in the comfort of your own home. We provide customized fitness solutions that adapt to your personal needs. Our team of highly educated and experienced exercise physiologists, dietitians & nutritionists, health/wellness coaches, and support staff are eager to help you reclaim or sustain your...

SenioRx of Jefferson County – Alabama Department of Senior Services

SenioRx of Jefferson County, funded by the Alabama Department of Senior Services and the Office of Senior Citizens Services, provides free assistance to help individuals lower their out-of-pocket prescription costs, such as for insulin, Glucerna, and other diabetes management medications. SenioRx can assist anyone in Alabama that meets ONE of the following:...

GRADE: a type 2 diabetes study

Do you have type 2 diabetes? Join the GRADE study to help us find the best long-term treatment for people living with type 2 diabetes. Quick facts about the GRADE study: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with 37 medical...

FREEDOM-1 Study

DETAILS WHERE: Alabama Clinical Therapeutics, LLC, 52 Medical Park East Drive, Suite 203, Birmingham, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: WHEN: Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Other times by appointment only TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Research Opportunities, Clinical Trials

Living with diabetes is complicated. What would you do with FREE time away from some of the daily worries and burden of treating diabetes? FREEDOM-1 is a clinical research study investigating an innovative approach to delivering treatment for type 2 diabetes that doesn't require needles or even pills. You may be able to take part if you: -are between...

Chronic RX

ChronicRx provides Medication Assistance. They provide assistance in finding and applying for pharmaceutical company prescription assistance programs which provide free or low-cost medicines for qualifying individuals (the pharmaceutical companies establish the income etc. qualification). Not everyone qualifies for prescription drug benefits but Chronic...

Medications for Many

DETAILS WHERE: 609 Pratt Hwy., Birmingham   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Monday-Thursday, 9am to 5pm; Fridays 9am-1pm TAGS: Pratt, Greater Birmingham Area, Healthcare, Clinics, Healthy Eating, Additional Resources

Medications for many provides Medication Assistance. They provide assistance in finding and applying for pharmaceutical company prescription assistance programs which provide free or low-cost medicines for qualifying individuals (the pharmaceutical companies establish the income etc. qualification). Not everyone qualifies for prescription drug benefits...

Be Active, Get Outdoors: Find a park near you!

    There are many wonderful parks in the greater Birmingham-Metro area. Get outdoors and have fun at a new-to-you park today: 1. Red Mountain Park Friends of Red Mountain History Hike Series: Join the Friends of Red Mountain Park Sunday, May 18th at 2:00 p.m. for a FREE History Hike at the Park!  This fun...

Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest

DETAILS WHERE: Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, 1221 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia Hills, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, More, Libraries

The Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest is conveniently located on Highway 31 in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. The new 35,000 square foot library is located on nine wooded, rolling acres of the Wald Estate, at the intersection of Round Hill Road and Highway 31. This beautiful setting runs adjacent to the Boulder Creek Nature Trail and affords unique outdoor...

Oak Mountain State Park

The day-use activities at Oak Mountain State Park set it apart from the rest. With the oldest continuously operating BMX Track in the nation, over 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails set in a picturesque 9,940-acre park, there is something for all outdoor enthusiasts to appreciate and enjoy. The park's day-use picnic facilities include large...

Diabetes Support Groups in Alabama

Diabetes Support Groups in Alabama is a site with a listing of support groups by county in Alabama. It provides a launch point to look for a group near you. This site is offered by Daily Diabetes which provides a variety of information on diabetes.

Wilson Quality Consulting, LLC

Wilson Quality Consulting, LLC (WQC) has an unique Annual Impact Monitoring and Evaluation System (AIMES) designed by Dr. Wilson. This monitoring system helps to ensure an unprecedented level of accountability, based on information gathered from various community and evidence-based programs. AIMES data allows WQC to measure the impact/outcome of every...

The Diabetes Bridge Clinic

The Diabetes Bridge Clinic, located in Kirklin Clinic, is the first of its kind in the nation to serve hospitalized patients on an intense insulin regimen. The Diabetes Bridge Clinic helps people go from hospital to home with a continuum of diabetes care. The Clinic is located on the first floor of the Kirklin Clinic. The appointments are made directly...

Samford’s Congregational Health Program

Samford University's Congregational Health Program is committed to forming partnerships with faith communities of various denominations who are seeking to develop health ministries that promote health and healing from a whole person perspective-body, mind and spirit. The Congregational Health Program is an Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing program at Samford...

Health Action Partnership

Health Action is a process conducted by a team of committed organizations seeking community input to improve health in Jefferson County, Alabama. This collaboration resulted in the book, Our Community Roadmap to Health, containing the issues and goals to be addressed by the local public health partners.

Vestavia Hills Overeaters Anonymous

The Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church hosts the Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Thursdays at 7:00PM. OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain or maintenance, or obesity or diets. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. OA offers a program of recovery from...

Sumiton Senior Center

DETAILS WHERE: 193 Bryan Road, Sumiton, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Open Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 2:00 PM TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area

Diabetes Education is offered quarterly at the Sumiton Senior Center by a local  pharmacist and Hospice nurse. It is always best to call and confirm date and time prior to visiting the Senior Center.

Zumba at Saint John A.M.E. Church

Saint John A.M.E. Church offers Zumba classes every Wednesday from 11 am to 12 pm.  It is always best to call the church and confirm the class time and fee prior to attending for the first time.

Exercise Classes at Faith Chapel Christian Center’s “The Bridge”

Faith Chapel Christian Center's The Bridge offers exercise classes and equipment to the congregation and community throughout the week. The facilities include and indoor track, basketball court, cardiovascular equipment, and a weight room. Check out the exercise class schedule. It is always best to call the church and confirm the class time and fee prior...

Hunter Street’s Recreation Outreach Center

DETAILS WHERE: 2600 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Monday-Thursday 5:45 am - 9:00 pm; Friday 5:45 am - 6:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am-12:00 pm; **Wednesday closes early at 5:00 pm TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Exercise Classes

Hunter Street’s Recreation Outreach Center (ROC) is a ministry that seeks to provide opportunities for families to glorify God through fitness/wellness and a dynamic children’s sports ministry. Their purpose is to create a culture of wellness and through it bring glory to God. The ROC offers a variety of exercise classes, open to the community,  at...

Exercise Classes at Valleydale Church

Valleydale Church offers exercise classes throughout the week. Ladies Zumba is offered on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 am. Step Aerobics is held at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check out their calendar for more classes and cancellations.  There is also exercise equipment on site.  It is always best to call the church and confirm the class and fee...

Zumba Gold at Shades Crest Baptist Church

Zumba Gold is a class designed especially for Seniors.  Classes are held every Wednesday from 9:00 - 10:00AM and are open to the community. It is always best to call the church and confirm prior to attending the first class.

EveryGirl Fitness

EveryGirl Fitness delivers "Bootcamp" style physical fitness classes in churches and community centers throughout the Birmingham area, including: Liberty Crossings Methodist Church, Mountain Brook Baptist, and Cherokee Bend Elementary. You can join an ongoing class or customize your own class for you and your friends. Classes usually run from 6 to...

Exercise classes at the Birmingham Islamic Society

The Birmingham Islamic Society offers a vairety of exercise classes, such as boxing, senior fitness and athletic performance training. These classes are available to members free of charge.  Because classes are intermittent, it is best to call the contact number to determine current start dates.

Red Crescent Clinic of Alabama

The Red Crescent Clinic of Alabama is a free health clinic and is a collaborative effort by the Birmingham Islamic Society and the Association of Physicians of Pakistani-descent in North America (Alabama chapter). Their mission is to provide high quality primary care services to everyone regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or ability to pay....

Dawson Family of Faith’s Healthy Lifestyles

Dawson Family of Faith offers Healthy Lifestyles classes. They enroll up to 25 people for this 2-3 week diabetes management class. Enrollment begins in November and fills quickly. Please contact Debbie Moss for more information.

Dawson Family of Faith

DETAILS WHERE: 1114 Oxmoor Road Homewood, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday: 6:00AM-10:00PM; Wednesdays:6:00AM-6:00PM; Saturdays: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Exercise Classes, Healthy Families, Family-Friendly Activities, More, Faith-based Programs

Dawson Family of Faith has a full service Recreation Center including exercise classes is open to both church members and non-members. The Recreation Ministry offers a full range of fitness programs, from personal training and group exercise classes to community basketball and youth sports.    

Riverchase UMC Recreation Ministry

Riverchase United Methodist Church has a Recreation Ministry. This Ministry offers a variety of exercise classes thatinclude Pilates, Yoga and Boot Camp. Adult and Children's sports are also available. This ministry is open to the community. Please check Riverchase UMC's zumba, pilates, and yoga listings on our site.

Pilates at Riverchase UMC

Pilates class is offered at Riverchase UMC on Mondays, 8:45 AM, located in Room 37 and Thursday, 5:00 PM, located in the Fireside Room. The cost is $10.00 per class.  

Zumba at Riverchase UMC

DETAILS WHERE: 1953 Old Montgomery Highway Hoover, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Tuesdays, 6:30 PM; Thursdays, 5:45 PM TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Exercise Classes, More, Faith-based Programs

Zumba class is offered on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (Cristina Rodriquez, cristina.rodriguez@charter.net) and on the first and fourth Thursday of every month at 5:45 (Tina Marxen, cmarxen@bcbsal.org). The classes take place in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $5.00 per class.    

Yoga at Riverchase UMC

DETAILS WHERE: 1953 Old Montgomery Highway Hoover, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Tuesdays 9:15AM & 6:00PM; Thursdays, 6:00 PM TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Exercise Classes, More, Faith-based Programs

Yoga class is offered on Tuesdays, 6:00 PM  (Suzanne Sizemore) and Thursdays, 6:00 PM (Karen Kuchinata), located in Riverchase A. The cost is $5.00 per class.    

Zumba at Graysville Community Center

Graysville Community Center offers Zumba Gold dance classes to members every Tuesday at 6:00 PM.

Health InfoNet of Alabama

Health InfoNet of Alabama is a free, award-winning health information service of the medical and public libraries throughout the state. Services include assistance with locating targeted, reliable, up to date health information, educational presentations on finding and evaluating health information online, and a database of health services throughout the...

Howard Lake

Howard Lake is located at 300 Municipal Lane on 8 acres of scenic woodlands near to Highway 31 and I-459. This park has a three-acre lake, lighted track, playground, pavilion, parking. The Howard Lakehouse can be reserved for civic and social events.

Star Lake

Star Lake is located on five acres next the Hoover Country Club. It features a three-acre lake including shaded picnic areas with tables, a pier and a walking/ jogging track around the lake's perimeter. Take friends or family for a picnic this spring or fall!

Veteran’s Park

Veterans Park is the newest and largest Hoover park. It features a professionally developed 5K cross-country course for walking and jogging and is host each year to the Great American Cross Country Race. The park also hosts such annual events as Hoover's own Pet-a-Palooza and Movies in the Park.

Small steps to a healthier you!

The beginning of a new year is a great starting point to get on a path to a healthier you! “A healthful lifestyle is easier than you might think. The path to good health isn't the same for everyone and yours may change over time. Take small steps that are right for you, one at a time. Every step adds up, so you’ll reach your health goals before you know...

Birmingham Health Care-Northside Dental Clinic

DETAILS WHERE: 1333 19th Street North, Birmingham, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm Must call to schedule an appointment. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthcare, Dental Care

Birmingham Health Care -Northside Dental Clinic offers• Adult and Children Emergency, Primary and Preventative Dental Services• Routine check-ups• Preventative Care• Restorations• Fillings• X-rays• Replacement of missing teeth• Crowns• Bridges• Partials. Please call 205-322-8288 for more information or to make an appointment.

Georgetown Lake Park

Georgetown Lake Park is an 8-acre park located in Hoover, AL. This park has a lake, track, playground, and two gazebos for your enjoyment.

Birmingham Health Care

Birmingham Health Care is a non-profit, Community Health Center that has been serving the greater Birmingham area since 1983. BHC offers a variety of health services at affordable costs to the entire family. Medical Services provided at Birmingham Health Care (BHC) include urgent and primary care. BHC provides comprehensive diagnostic and preventive medical...

Hoover Central Park

Hoover Central Park is 22 acre park with seven lighted baseball/softball fields, track. This park also has a playground, a track and restrooms.

Hoover East Sports Park

Hoover East Park is a 160 acre park with softball, baseball, soccer, and football fields. There is also a gazebo and playgrounds.

Russet Woods Park

Russett Woods Parks is located on 1.3 acres in Hoover, AL.  This park is a neighborhood park with a small playground.

Wildflower Park (Riverchase)

Wildflower Park is located on 14 acres in Hoover, AL. The park includes a playground, athletic field, gazebo, outdoor basketball court and restrooms.  Take a walk on the track that runs through the park (5 laps = 1 mile).

Inverness Park

Inverness Park has a playground and picnic area.

Harriman Park Recreation Center

Harriman Park Recreation Center is a City of Birmingham facility. Harriman Park Recreation Center offers general exercise classes 3 times per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) from 10:30am - 12:00pm. There is no cost to attend the classes.

Mature Minds at Powderly Library

The Powderly Branch Library is located in the Wiggins Park Recreation Center. Seniors meet the third Friday of each month to discuss a book. Additional topics are discussed including healthy living and stress management.

Insulindependence Birmingham Chapter

The Insulindependence (IN) Birmingham Chapter is led by IN Captain Mason Cross. IN events are community fitness gatherings led by IN chapter leaders. The goal is to create fun and interactive environments that inspire participants to stay fit with help from their peers. Whether a person is living with  diabetes,or simply wants to be involved, our...

Schaeffer Eye Center

Schaeffer Eye Centers offer full comprehensive eye exams. Please contact them at 205-328-2020 to make an appointment today.

UAB Family and Community Medicine

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's (UAB) Family and Community Medicine offers a range of health services for the entire family, providing primary care to people of all ages, from young children to adults to elderly members of the family. We encourage patients to play an active role in their healthcare and to take responsibility for their health by...

MedHelp Lakeshore

DETAILS WHERE: One West Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Monday- Friday 8 AM-8PM; Saturday 8 AM-6 PM; Sunday 1-4PM TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthcare, Clinics, Healthy Families, Healthcare

MedHelp's goal is to treat our patients as we would like to be treated with thoroughness and efficiency. We offer appointments for your convenience, but our patients are welcome to be seen on a walk in/urgent care basis for sinus infections, earaches, urinary tract infections, colds, coughs, rashes, sprains, and other medical problems. We strive to see all...

The Levite Jewish Community Center

The Levite Jewish Community Center offers a wide variety of exercise classes in addition to a pool, walking track, kids lounge, childcare, tennis courts and other sports facilities. Participants of all faiths are welcome.

The Amelia Center

The Amelia Center specializes in serving children, teenagers, and young adults (age 19-21) grieving the death of a loved one and parents or grandparents grieving the loss of a child. The Amelia Center is a comprehensive grief counseling center that provides individual and family counseling to children and teens who have experienced a death, or to adults who...

Children’s Harbor

Children's Harbor provides free resources to families with seriously ill children. Our primary effort is centered around the Children’s Harbor Family Center at Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham, Alabama. The Family Center provides family counseling and support services to children who have long-term serious illnesses as well as to their...

MedHelp 280

MedHelp's goal is to treat our patients as we would like to be treated with thoroughness and efficiency. We offer appointments for your convenience, but our patients are welcome to be seen on a walk in/urgent care basis for sinus infections, earaches, urinary tract infections, colds, coughs, rashes, sprains, and other medical problems. We strive to see all...

Family Guidance Center

Family Guidance Center of Alabama is a private, non-profit organization that has provided quality services designed to strengthen families since 1959. All services are provided free to the public. Services include individual, marital and family counseling. Other programs include: -Family Resource Center -Case Management Services -Parenting Education...

UAB Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center

UAB Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center offers numerous mental health services. They include the following: 1. Evaluation Clinic - Evaluation Clinic is the entry way to services here and the point at which eligibility for continued treatment is determined for persons that meet criteria for serious mental illness, which include functional...

Samaritan Counseling Center (Shelby)

Samaritan Counseling Centers of Birmingham offers help, hope and healing through Christ-centered, team-oriented counseling. We believe that people were created - mind, body & soul - in the image of God. The Centers offer a variety of counseling services for individuals, children, and families. Please contact them for more information.

Samaritan Counseling Center (Dawson)

Samaritan Counseling Centers of Birmingham offers help, hope and healing through Christ-centered, team-oriented counseling. We believe that people were created - mind, body & soul - in the image of God. The Centers offer a variety of counseling services for individuals, children, and families. Please contact them for more information.

Senior day program at Hopewell

Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church offers a senior citizen day program. Their program offers health screenings with weekly blood pressure and glucose testing every Monday- Friday 8 am to 1 pm. There are assorted sporting activities and a fitness center. Please contact Geraldine Craig for more information.

Exercise classes at Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Briarwood Presbyterian Church offers different exercise classes occur on weekday mornings from 8:15 - 9:15 AM.  Fees vary. Please contact Doral Elliott for more information.

Celebrate Recovery Support Group

Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based support group for people struggling with issues including food. Ashbury United Methodist Church (UMC) is a growing church in the North Shelby County area. Through worship, small groups and fellowship, Celebrate Recovery ® will work with you to learn new behaviors to find peace in the midst of dysfunctional...

City of Clay Senior Activity Center

The Clay Senior Activity Center offers a wide variety of activities, entertainment and trips. The center provides a place where any senior adult can find a friend, a listening ear and a warm hug. Anyone over the age of 60 can join the Senior Activity Center. Speakers present periodically. The Center provides a daily hot lunch for $1.50 and  has a pool...

Pathways Professional Counseling (Birmingham)

Pathways Professional Counseling is a ministry of the Alabama Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries. Pathways Professional Counseling helps individuals and families to seek solutions to their problems through professional, affordable counseling. Pathways specializes in Christ-centered counseling for many areas of treatment including: Depression...

Pathways Professional Counseling (Bessemer)

Pathways Professional Counseling is a ministry of the Alabama Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries. Pathways Professional Counseling helps individuals and families to seek solutions to their problems through professional, affordable counseling. Pathways specializes in Christ-centered counseling for many areas of treatment including: Depression...

Yoga at Pilgrim Church

The Pilgrim Church, a United Church of Christ, offers yoga classes that are open to the community on Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:00 PM.

ENCOURAGE Program

ENCOURAGE is  a program to improve diabetes managment. They have diabetes education materials related to healthy eating and safe exercising in the form of DVDs. DVDs can be provided to you by mail or online  via YouTube. Please contact us for more information.

Kid Fit Camp – Levite Jewish Community Center

The Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC) offers KidFit, a fitness & health camp to for children in grades 1 to 7. In 2012, camp was held from 9:00 - 3:30 PM for one week.  KidFit Camp works to improve your child's fitness, speed, agility, flexibility andstrength while gaining confidence and building self-esteem. KidFit Camp has running and jumping...

Faith Chapel Christian Storehouse

Faith Chapel Christian Storehouse's goal is to meet the physical needs of those we serve by providing nutritional food and adequate clothing while giving a message of hope and love. Food is distributed every 3rd Saturday from 10a – 12p at the Faith Chapel Zeal building.    If this is your first time to receive groceries, we will ask you to fill out a...

Basketball at The Refiner’s House

The Refiner's House is a church that has an activity center.  Men meet on Thursdays at 7:00 - 9:00 PM for pick up basketball. Please call to confirm time and schedule.

Food Pantry at Crossroads Community Church

Crossroads Community Church has a food pantry available to those in need. Please call to make an appointment.

Stop Diabetes at Work

The Stop Diabetes at Work is an initiative to help you and your colleagues take charge of your health and reduce your risk for this growing epidemic.You can work with your local American Diabetes Association to develop an evidenced-based healthy worksite program that will meet the needs of your employees. In addition, you can work with your local...

Planet D

Planet D is the America Diabetes Association's interactive and informational website for children and adolescents living with diabetes. You'll find great information on diabetes and how to manage diabetes on a daily basis.

Diabetes Day

Bring awareness of the seriousness of diabetes to your congregation, co-workers, or employees. The goals of Diabetes Day are to: increase awareness that diabetes is a serious disease; identify risk factors; and to inform the parishioners about the resources available through the American Diabetes Association. Contact your local American Diabetes Association...

Diabetes 24/7

Diabetes 24/7 is a personal health record that allows you to manage your diabetes and share valuable health information with others on your health care team. This application integrates with Microsoft's HealthVault, which allows you to securely import data from your doctor, pharmacy or laboratory and share the data with anyone you choose, such as your...

Live Empowered (African American Initiatives)

To address the growing diabetes epidemic, the American Diabetes Association created a targeted approach called African American Initiatives. This initiative is an aggressive campaign designed to increase awareness of the rates of diabetes among African Americans, provide information about the seriousness of diabetes and its complications, teach the...

Everyday Wisdom Kit

The Everyday Wisdom ™ Kit  is tool designed to help families of children with type 1 diabetes live with diabetes everyday. The Everyday Wisdom Kit helps families plan for everyday moments and events such as birthday parties, playing sports and getting behind the wheel. The Kit comes in a reusable lunch bag and includes numerous guides, an interactive...

Walking Club at Southside Baptist Church

Southside Baptist Church has an ongoing neighborhood walking club. Additionally the  2nd Sunday of each month, they have a light lunch with a guest speaker which is occasionally health related.

Woodland Park Church of Christ

Periodically, health workshops and screenings are held at the church. Call the church number for specific dates.

Greater Birmingham Ministries

DETAILS WHERE: 2304 12th Ave, North Birmingham   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Food pantry is open every Friday at 7:00 AM. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Eating, Additional Resources, More, Faith-based Programs

Greater Birmingham Ministry works to provide food, clothing and financial assistance to those in need. Food is available to those in need. Please contact them for more information.

Grow Alabama

Grow Alabama is a weekly delivery service of locally grown, sustainably grown fruits and vegetables, direct to your home, office or community pickup location. Our farmers provide you with the best fruits and vegetables Alabama has to offer.

Wallace Optometry Associates

Wallace Optometry Associates has been serving the greater Bessemer area since 1952 and offers comprehensive vision and eye health exams for adults and children. We provide diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of eye and vision disorders, glaucoma, dry eye, eye allergies, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease. Diabetic patients need an...

Weight Watchers Meeting at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

DETAILS WHERE: 4887 Valleydale Road, Birmingham   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Mondays at 5:30 - 6:30 PM TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss Programs

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church hosts a Weight Watchers meeting every Monday from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Please contact the church to confirm the meeting times.

Food Pantry at Agape Baptist Church

Once a month, Agape Baptist Church provides food to those in need. Food is available the 4th Sunday of the month at 10:00am. Often breakfast is served and worship begins shortly after at 10:45am.  No requirements needed.

Andy’s Market and Nursery

Fresh fruits and vegatables, bedding plants and gardening supplies are in stock here throughout the year.

Food Pantry at Bluff Park United Methodist Church

Bluff Park United Methodist Church's Food Pantry is open the 1st Wednesday of each month from 9:00am - 3:00pm. There are no requirements to receive food. Please contact Ms. Penny Burns for additional information.

My Fitness Pal

MyFitnessPal is a free website that provides you with the tools and support you need to achieve your weight loss goals. This site was recommended by Ms. Dana Casey, a Certified Diabetes Educator at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. She finds the food diary helpful because it tracks carbs, fat, sodium intake, etc. Also MyFitnessPal has nutritional values for...

Living With Type 2 Diabetes – ADA

The American Diabetes Association's website is an invaluable site for up-to-date information on living with diabetes and provides tools for improved management of diabetes.  

Sumiton Senior Center

The Sumiton Senior Center is located on Bryan Road between highway 78 and Main Street Sumiton. Occasionally, the senior center is visited by a pharmacist. A hospice nurse also visits quarterly. Please call more information.

KidsHealth Website

KidsHealth.org is a website with information about health, growth, and life for parents, teens, and kids! Check it out today.

Zumba at Lakeside Baptist Church

Zumba is offered at Lakeside Baptist Church. Classes are Tuesdays at 7:00pm and Fridays at 9:45am. Please contact Giselle Glays for more information.

Kid Fit at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen

St. Vincent's One Nineteen has numerous children's programs. They have a children's cooking class, exercise classes and numerous other activities. The activities including exercise classes are available for children. Please see their website or contact Jay Brock for more information.

F.A.C.E. Diabetes

Welcome to F.A.C.E. Diabetes. It's website focused on empowering the people we care about most—family, friends and the larger community. Developed by Lilly Diabetes, the goal of the F.A.C.E. Diabetes initiative is to help African Americans living with type 2 diabetes take positive steps forward. Please visit F.A.C.E. Diabetes for more information.

Day Camp at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen

St. Vincent’s 119 Health and Wellness Center will once again offer summer day camp for children ages 6 – 12 at our state of the art fitness facility. We offer care from 7:30am – 5:30pm, with our primary activities taking place between 8am and 4:30pm. Contact Dan Loden for updated 2013 camp details.

Firm Body Bootcamp

DETAILS WHERE: 1623 Oxmoor Road Homewood, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Schedule varies by group, please see website for more information. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Exercise Classes

Here at Firm Body Boot Camp we introduce cardio, weights and stomach flattening exercises all into one workout. You'll save time by burning fat, toning muscle and getting a flat stomach all at once. Classes are held at Homewood Park. Contact for pricing details.

City of Gardendale Civic Center

The Civic Center also offers a state-of-the-art fitness facility with a cardiovascular room, free weight room, an 18-station Cybex selectorized weight room, aerobic room with a floating maple floor, spinning cycle room, basketball court, rac- quetball court, and a cushioned indoor track (9 laps to the mile). The Center has a wide variety of exercise classes...

Hoover Recreation Center

The Hoover Recreation Center has fitness classes, aquatics, racquetball courts, a walking track, childcare and kids activities. The Recreation Center Hours of Operation are: Monday through Thursday 5:00 am - 9:30 pm Friday 5:00 am - 9:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pmSunday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Riverchase Sports Park

Riverchase Park is a City of Hoover park. This is a 17-acre park with four lighted soccer fields, pavilion, restrooms and parking.

Hooper City Recreation Center

The Birmingham Park and Recreation Board operates the Hooper City Recreation Center which is open year-round, six days a week. The centers offer planned activities for all ages. On Mondays and Thursdays. aerobics classes are offered and on Wednesdays there is Zumba class. Please contact the Rec Center for more information.

Trace Crossings Athletic Fields

Trace Crossing is a 3-acre park with two lighted softball/baseball fields. Located in Hoover on 5454 Learning Lane.

Sertoma Park

Sertoma Park is located at 3301 Thornton Drive behind Green Valley Elementary School.This 4-acre park has a new playground, picnic tables, restrooms, and 4 lighted tennis courts.

Senior Stretch at Mountain Brook Baptist Church

In the Recreation Ministry at Mountain Brook Baptist Church, you'll discover opportunities for physical fitness and athletic competition. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:15 AM, senior church members and their guests meet for "Senior Stretch".

Southeastern Diabetes Education Services

SDES provides residential and day camps for children living with diabetes (ages birth - 17 years) and their family members, as well as Community Family Events throughout the year in 8 communities in Alabama including Birmingham. Each program has a fee, but scholarships are available for our camp programs based on financial need. SDES is the only...

ADA Members Only Recipe Club

You can join the American Diabetes Association's Members Only Recipe Club by registering with My Food Advisor. My Food Advisor provides free healthy recipes to help manage diabetes/lose weight.

BHC’s Bessemer Health Center

Birmingham Health Care (BHC) has several clinics that provide both urgent and primary care. In addition to caring for adults, family practice clinicians and pediatric staff provide on-going care to children from newborn to young adulthood. The Bessemer Health Center serves patients on a Tuesday to Thursday schedule. Please contact the clinic to make an...

Mountain Brook Presbyterian Community Garden

Mountain Brook Presbyterian Community Garden donates all their produce to Magic City Harvest. Magic City Harvest then distributes produce and food to other organizations to help feed the hungry in Birmingham, AL. The 10-acre garden is located off of Brookwood Road. Sowing the garden typically begins in April. Please contact the church office for volunteer...

Excercise classes at 16th Street Baptist Church

16th Street Baptist Church has special events and exercise opportunities that are open to the public. Please call them for specific time and dates.

YMCA Youth Center

The YMCA Youth Center has mentoring programs, health related special events, summer camps, after school programs and sports leagues throughout the year. Please visit their website or call for details and financial aid options.

Collat Jewish Family Services

At Collat Jewish Family Services we are dedicated to meeting the needs of the Birmingham Jewish and General Communities by providing an array of services that recognizes the uniqueness of every individual or family.  Collat provides numerous services including: Counseling, Care Management, Caregiver Support, In-Home Services, Individuals & Families...

Hueytown Senior Center

Hueytown Senior Center provides social and recreational activities, hot meals, seminars and an annual health fair. Serving residents of Jefferson County, about 4 times per year a health care provider visits the Center to speak about diabetes. Please contact them for further information.

Andy’s Farm Market

Andy's Farm Market is a seasonal market. It has fresh fruits and vegetables, bedding plants and gardening supplies for sale on a seasonal basis. Please call to verify hours or see their website.

Food Pantry at Palmerdale United Methodist Church

The food pantry at Palmerdale United Methodist Church is available to residents within the 35123, 35126 and 35133 zip codes only. Proof of ID and address must be shown. The food pantry is open the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 9:00 - 12:00 PM. Call for special hours in November and December.

Food Pantry at Mount Pilgrim People’s Devotional Center

The Food Pantry at Mount Pilgrim People's Devotional Center requires photo ID, proof of income and residency for services. Call for a detailed listing of times and dates.

Food Pantry at 23rd Street Baptist Church

The Food Pantry at 23rd Street Baptist Church will dispense food to qualifying individuals by appointment only. Please contact them for more information.

Food Pantry at Southside Baptist Church

The Food Pantry at Southside Baptist Church gives food out on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 7:00 AM. They are not accepting new clients until January 2013. Please call them for further information.

Homewood Senior Center

The Homewood Senior Center offers a variety of programs, facilities and services. They have a fitness room, lunch program, computer lab, kitchen, arts & crafts room, game room and much more. Programs include dance classes, arts & crafts,  and exercise classes. Educational programs includes special speakers come in several times a year, including...

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers is a weight loss program. Their services are available for a fee. They hold meetings across the city of Birmingham and Jefferson County at various churches and community centers.The program emphasizes healthy food choices and reduced portion size. Please call 1-800-651-6000 or refer to their website to find a meeting near you.

Champions for Health

The Champions for Health website focuses on providing strategies for healthier eating and integrating movement into one's lifestyle.

Alabama Farmers Market

DETAILS WHERE: 344 Finley Avenue West   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: The summer hours for the markets are 24 hrs a day, most vendors are open 7 days a week 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and farmers come in 24 hours a day. During off-season the market is still open 24/7, however the vendors are open 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours may vary. For more information, please contact the Market. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Eating, Farmers’ Markets + Community Gardens

Fresh fruits and vegetables are sold here. During the summer, most vendors are open 7 days a week  5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  In the off-season, the market is still open  however, the vendors are open 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Hours may vary.  For more information, please contact the Market.

Tips for a healthier new year!

1. Avoid overeating at mealtimes! If you are going to a party, a birthday celebration, a Christmas party or another type of gathering, eat something healthy and light like cold cereal with fat-free milk or a piece of fruit before leaving home. This will help you to not feel as hungry and reduce the times you head to the table for more food. 2. Don’t...

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Red Mountain Park

DETAILS WHERE: 2011 Frankfurt Drive   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Hike Dates: October 18th, November 15th, January 17th, February 21st, March 20th and April 17th. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Parks, Events

Friends of Red Mountain Park Hike Series is ready to kick off its third consecutive year of hiking, exploring, learning and discovering! Join us for FREE guided trail hikes at Red Mountain Park every third Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM. Each hike will offer a unique look into the history, nature and exciting plans for a signature urban green space. All...

Connect with others: Cooper Green Diabetes Support Group

Cooper Green Mercy Health System offers a monthly Diabetes Support Group Meeting. The Support Group meeting is held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 9:00-10:00 am in the 2nd floor Cafeteria. These support groups are great time to learn more about staying healthy and to hear from others about their experiences with diabetes. In April, Debbie...

Mature Minds at Powderly Library

The Powderly Branch Library is located in the Wiggins Park Recreation Center. Seniors meet the third Friday of each month to discuss a book. Additional topics are discussed including healthy living and stress management.

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HomeFit Consulting

HomeFit delivers professional health and wellness consulting in the comfort of your own home. We provide customized fitness solutions that adapt to your personal needs. Our team of highly educated and experienced exercise physiologists, dietitians & nutritionists, health/wellness coaches, and support staff are eager to help you reclaim or sustain your...

Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest

DETAILS WHERE: Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, 1221 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia Hills, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, More, Libraries

The Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest is conveniently located on Highway 31 in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. The new 35,000 square foot library is located on nine wooded, rolling acres of the Wald Estate, at the intersection of Round Hill Road and Highway 31. This beautiful setting runs adjacent to the Boulder Creek Nature Trail and affords unique outdoor...

Oak Mountain State Park

The day-use activities at Oak Mountain State Park set it apart from the rest. With the oldest continuously operating BMX Track in the nation, over 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails set in a picturesque 9,940-acre park, there is something for all outdoor enthusiasts to appreciate and enjoy. The park's day-use picnic facilities include large...

Hunter Street’s Recreation Outreach Center

DETAILS WHERE: 2600 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Monday-Thursday 5:45 am - 9:00 pm; Friday 5:45 am - 6:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am-12:00 pm; **Wednesday closes early at 5:00 pm TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Exercise Classes

Hunter Street’s Recreation Outreach Center (ROC) is a ministry that seeks to provide opportunities for families to glorify God through fitness/wellness and a dynamic children’s sports ministry. Their purpose is to create a culture of wellness and through it bring glory to God. The ROC offers a variety of exercise classes, open to the community,  at...

Red Crescent Clinic of Alabama

The Red Crescent Clinic of Alabama is a free health clinic and is a collaborative effort by the Birmingham Islamic Society and the Association of Physicians of Pakistani-descent in North America (Alabama chapter). Their mission is to provide high quality primary care services to everyone regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or ability to pay....

Insulindependence Birmingham Chapter

The Insulindependence (IN) Birmingham Chapter is led by IN Captain Mason Cross. IN events are community fitness gatherings led by IN chapter leaders. The goal is to create fun and interactive environments that inspire participants to stay fit with help from their peers. Whether a person is living with  diabetes,or simply wants to be involved, our...

MedHelp Lakeshore

DETAILS WHERE: One West Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Monday- Friday 8 AM-8PM; Saturday 8 AM-6 PM; Sunday 1-4PM TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthcare, Clinics, Healthy Families, Healthcare

MedHelp's goal is to treat our patients as we would like to be treated with thoroughness and efficiency. We offer appointments for your convenience, but our patients are welcome to be seen on a walk in/urgent care basis for sinus infections, earaches, urinary tract infections, colds, coughs, rashes, sprains, and other medical problems. We strive to see all...

The Levite Jewish Community Center

The Levite Jewish Community Center offers a wide variety of exercise classes in addition to a pool, walking track, kids lounge, childcare, tennis courts and other sports facilities. Participants of all faiths are welcome.

MedHelp 280

MedHelp's goal is to treat our patients as we would like to be treated with thoroughness and efficiency. We offer appointments for your convenience, but our patients are welcome to be seen on a walk in/urgent care basis for sinus infections, earaches, urinary tract infections, colds, coughs, rashes, sprains, and other medical problems. We strive to see all...

Walking Club at Southside Baptist Church

Southside Baptist Church has an ongoing neighborhood walking club. Additionally the  2nd Sunday of each month, they have a light lunch with a guest speaker which is occasionally health related.

Food Pantry at Agape Baptist Church

Once a month, Agape Baptist Church provides food to those in need. Food is available the 4th Sunday of the month at 10:00am. Often breakfast is served and worship begins shortly after at 10:45am.  No requirements needed.

Andy’s Market and Nursery

Fresh fruits and vegatables, bedding plants and gardening supplies are in stock here throughout the year.

KidsHealth Website

KidsHealth.org is a website with information about health, growth, and life for parents, teens, and kids! Check it out today.

City of Gardendale Civic Center

The Civic Center also offers a state-of-the-art fitness facility with a cardiovascular room, free weight room, an 18-station Cybex selectorized weight room, aerobic room with a floating maple floor, spinning cycle room, basketball court, rac- quetball court, and a cushioned indoor track (9 laps to the mile). The Center has a wide variety of exercise classes...

Hoover Recreation Center

The Hoover Recreation Center has fitness classes, aquatics, racquetball courts, a walking track, childcare and kids activities. The Recreation Center Hours of Operation are: Monday through Thursday 5:00 am - 9:30 pm Friday 5:00 am - 9:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pmSunday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Riverchase Sports Park

Riverchase Park is a City of Hoover park. This is a 17-acre park with four lighted soccer fields, pavilion, restrooms and parking.

Trace Crossings Athletic Fields

Trace Crossing is a 3-acre park with two lighted softball/baseball fields. Located in Hoover on 5454 Learning Lane.

Sertoma Park

Sertoma Park is located at 3301 Thornton Drive behind Green Valley Elementary School.This 4-acre park has a new playground, picnic tables, restrooms, and 4 lighted tennis courts.

Andy’s Farm Market

Andy's Farm Market is a seasonal market. It has fresh fruits and vegetables, bedding plants and gardening supplies for sale on a seasonal basis. Please call to verify hours or see their website.

Champions for Health

The Champions for Health website focuses on providing strategies for healthier eating and integrating movement into one's lifestyle.

Alabama Farmers Market

DETAILS WHERE: 344 Finley Avenue West   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: The summer hours for the markets are 24 hrs a day, most vendors are open 7 days a week 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and farmers come in 24 hours a day. During off-season the market is still open 24/7, however the vendors are open 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours may vary. For more information, please contact the Market. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Eating, Farmers’ Markets + Community Gardens

Fresh fruits and vegetables are sold here. During the summer, most vendors are open 7 days a week  5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  In the off-season, the market is still open  however, the vendors are open 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Hours may vary.  For more information, please contact the Market.

Smithfield Library

DETAILS WHERE: 1-8th Avenue West   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Every Monday from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Families, Support Groups for Families and Children

Our main goal is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. We can achieve this by attending the weekly class held every Monday from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm. The class targets issues important to parents with children ages birth -12 yrs. old. I know if we work together we can make a difference.      

Smithfield Positive Parenting Group (PPG) at The Exchange Club Family Skill Center

DETAILS WHERE: 1-8 Avenue West Birmingham, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Meets Mondays from 11am-12pm at Smithfield Library TAGS: Pratt, Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Families, Support Groups for Families and Children

Positive Parenting Groups are FREE ongoing educational support groups that meet weekly. There are several classes to choose from, including a class for parents of teenagers. Our Positive Parenting Groups are open to ALL parents/caregivers of children 0-17, or expecting parents wanting to learn more about parenting and a positive way of discipline in...

The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital Diabetes and Nutrition Education

DETAILS WHERE: 2000 6th Ave South   ( Map ) USER RATING: WHEN: Educators are available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Classes are held weekly. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Support + Education, Diabetes Education Classes, Support + Education, diabetes education, classes

Diabetes Education at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital is an ADA-Recognized program offering comprehensive diabetes education in group and individual settings. Our classes focus on the AADE Seven Diabetes Self-Care Behaviors: Health Eating, Reducing Risks, Being Active, Healthy Coping, Taking Medications, Monitoring, and Problem Solving. Patients complete...

The LightHouse at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church

DETAILS WHERE: 2061 Kentucky Avenue Vestavia Hills, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Circuit Classes: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 PM Body Recall: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:15 - 9:15 AM Zumba: Monday/Wednesday 5:30 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Exercise Classes

The Lighthouse is the leisure and recreational facility at the church. Use of the facilities is free to both Church members and non-members.  They offer three classes, Circuit Training, Body Recall, and Zumba. There are also a variety of cardio and weight training machines. Check out their website or call them for more information!

SenioRx of Jefferson County – Alabama Department of Senior Services

SenioRx of Jefferson County, funded by the Alabama Department of Senior Services and the Office of Senior Citizens Services, provides free assistance to help individuals lower their out-of-pocket prescription costs, such as for insulin, Glucerna, and other diabetes management medications. SenioRx can assist anyone in Alabama that meets ONE of the following:...

FREEDOM-1 Study

DETAILS WHERE: Alabama Clinical Therapeutics, LLC, 52 Medical Park East Drive, Suite 203, Birmingham, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: WHEN: Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Other times by appointment only TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Research Opportunities, Clinical Trials

Living with diabetes is complicated. What would you do with FREE time away from some of the daily worries and burden of treating diabetes? FREEDOM-1 is a clinical research study investigating an innovative approach to delivering treatment for type 2 diabetes that doesn't require needles or even pills. You may be able to take part if you: -are between...

Chronic RX

ChronicRx provides Medication Assistance. They provide assistance in finding and applying for pharmaceutical company prescription assistance programs which provide free or low-cost medicines for qualifying individuals (the pharmaceutical companies establish the income etc. qualification). Not everyone qualifies for prescription drug benefits but Chronic...

Medications for Many

DETAILS WHERE: 609 Pratt Hwy., Birmingham   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Monday-Thursday, 9am to 5pm; Fridays 9am-1pm TAGS: Pratt, Greater Birmingham Area, Healthcare, Clinics, Healthy Eating, Additional Resources

Medications for many provides Medication Assistance. They provide assistance in finding and applying for pharmaceutical company prescription assistance programs which provide free or low-cost medicines for qualifying individuals (the pharmaceutical companies establish the income etc. qualification). Not everyone qualifies for prescription drug benefits...

Sumiton Senior Center

DETAILS WHERE: 193 Bryan Road, Sumiton, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Open Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 2:00 PM TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area

Diabetes Education is offered quarterly at the Sumiton Senior Center by a local  pharmacist and Hospice nurse. It is always best to call and confirm date and time prior to visiting the Senior Center.

Dawson Family of Faith

DETAILS WHERE: 1114 Oxmoor Road Homewood, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday: 6:00AM-10:00PM; Wednesdays:6:00AM-6:00PM; Saturdays: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Exercise Classes, Healthy Families, Family-Friendly Activities, More, Faith-based Programs

Dawson Family of Faith has a full service Recreation Center including exercise classes is open to both church members and non-members. The Recreation Ministry offers a full range of fitness programs, from personal training and group exercise classes to community basketball and youth sports.    

Pilates at Riverchase UMC

Pilates class is offered at Riverchase UMC on Mondays, 8:45 AM, located in Room 37 and Thursday, 5:00 PM, located in the Fireside Room. The cost is $10.00 per class.  

Zumba at Riverchase UMC

DETAILS WHERE: 1953 Old Montgomery Highway Hoover, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Tuesdays, 6:30 PM; Thursdays, 5:45 PM TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Exercise Classes, More, Faith-based Programs

Zumba class is offered on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (Cristina Rodriquez, cristina.rodriguez@charter.net) and on the first and fourth Thursday of every month at 5:45 (Tina Marxen, cmarxen@bcbsal.org). The classes take place in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $5.00 per class.    

Birmingham Health Care-Northside Dental Clinic

DETAILS WHERE: 1333 19th Street North, Birmingham, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm Must call to schedule an appointment. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthcare, Dental Care

Birmingham Health Care -Northside Dental Clinic offers• Adult and Children Emergency, Primary and Preventative Dental Services• Routine check-ups• Preventative Care• Restorations• Fillings• X-rays• Replacement of missing teeth• Crowns• Bridges• Partials. Please call 205-322-8288 for more information or to make an appointment.

Birmingham Health Care

Birmingham Health Care is a non-profit, Community Health Center that has been serving the greater Birmingham area since 1983. BHC offers a variety of health services at affordable costs to the entire family. Medical Services provided at Birmingham Health Care (BHC) include urgent and primary care. BHC provides comprehensive diagnostic and preventive medical...

Harriman Park Recreation Center

Harriman Park Recreation Center is a City of Birmingham facility. Harriman Park Recreation Center offers general exercise classes 3 times per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) from 10:30am - 12:00pm. There is no cost to attend the classes.

Schaeffer Eye Center

Schaeffer Eye Centers offer full comprehensive eye exams. Please contact them at 205-328-2020 to make an appointment today.

UAB Family and Community Medicine

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's (UAB) Family and Community Medicine offers a range of health services for the entire family, providing primary care to people of all ages, from young children to adults to elderly members of the family. We encourage patients to play an active role in their healthcare and to take responsibility for their health by...

The Amelia Center

The Amelia Center specializes in serving children, teenagers, and young adults (age 19-21) grieving the death of a loved one and parents or grandparents grieving the loss of a child. The Amelia Center is a comprehensive grief counseling center that provides individual and family counseling to children and teens who have experienced a death, or to adults who...

Children’s Harbor

Children's Harbor provides free resources to families with seriously ill children. Our primary effort is centered around the Children’s Harbor Family Center at Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham, Alabama. The Family Center provides family counseling and support services to children who have long-term serious illnesses as well as to their...

Family Guidance Center

Family Guidance Center of Alabama is a private, non-profit organization that has provided quality services designed to strengthen families since 1959. All services are provided free to the public. Services include individual, marital and family counseling. Other programs include: -Family Resource Center -Case Management Services -Parenting Education...

UAB Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center

UAB Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center offers numerous mental health services. They include the following: 1. Evaluation Clinic - Evaluation Clinic is the entry way to services here and the point at which eligibility for continued treatment is determined for persons that meet criteria for serious mental illness, which include functional...

Samaritan Counseling Center (Shelby)

Samaritan Counseling Centers of Birmingham offers help, hope and healing through Christ-centered, team-oriented counseling. We believe that people were created - mind, body & soul - in the image of God. The Centers offer a variety of counseling services for individuals, children, and families. Please contact them for more information.

Samaritan Counseling Center (Dawson)

Samaritan Counseling Centers of Birmingham offers help, hope and healing through Christ-centered, team-oriented counseling. We believe that people were created - mind, body & soul - in the image of God. The Centers offer a variety of counseling services for individuals, children, and families. Please contact them for more information.

Exercise classes at Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Briarwood Presbyterian Church offers different exercise classes occur on weekday mornings from 8:15 - 9:15 AM.  Fees vary. Please contact Doral Elliott for more information.

City of Clay Senior Activity Center

The Clay Senior Activity Center offers a wide variety of activities, entertainment and trips. The center provides a place where any senior adult can find a friend, a listening ear and a warm hug. Anyone over the age of 60 can join the Senior Activity Center. Speakers present periodically. The Center provides a daily hot lunch for $1.50 and  has a pool...

Pathways Professional Counseling (Birmingham)

Pathways Professional Counseling is a ministry of the Alabama Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries. Pathways Professional Counseling helps individuals and families to seek solutions to their problems through professional, affordable counseling. Pathways specializes in Christ-centered counseling for many areas of treatment including: Depression...

Pathways Professional Counseling (Bessemer)

Pathways Professional Counseling is a ministry of the Alabama Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries. Pathways Professional Counseling helps individuals and families to seek solutions to their problems through professional, affordable counseling. Pathways specializes in Christ-centered counseling for many areas of treatment including: Depression...

Kid Fit Camp – Levite Jewish Community Center

The Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC) offers KidFit, a fitness & health camp to for children in grades 1 to 7. In 2012, camp was held from 9:00 - 3:30 PM for one week.  KidFit Camp works to improve your child's fitness, speed, agility, flexibility andstrength while gaining confidence and building self-esteem. KidFit Camp has running and jumping...

Wallace Optometry Associates

Wallace Optometry Associates has been serving the greater Bessemer area since 1952 and offers comprehensive vision and eye health exams for adults and children. We provide diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of eye and vision disorders, glaucoma, dry eye, eye allergies, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease. Diabetic patients need an...

Weight Watchers Meeting at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

DETAILS WHERE: 4887 Valleydale Road, Birmingham   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Mondays at 5:30 - 6:30 PM TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss Programs

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church hosts a Weight Watchers meeting every Monday from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Please contact the church to confirm the meeting times.

Sumiton Senior Center

The Sumiton Senior Center is located on Bryan Road between highway 78 and Main Street Sumiton. Occasionally, the senior center is visited by a pharmacist. A hospice nurse also visits quarterly. Please call more information.

Kid Fit at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen

St. Vincent's One Nineteen has numerous children's programs. They have a children's cooking class, exercise classes and numerous other activities. The activities including exercise classes are available for children. Please see their website or contact Jay Brock for more information.

Day Camp at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen

St. Vincent’s 119 Health and Wellness Center will once again offer summer day camp for children ages 6 – 12 at our state of the art fitness facility. We offer care from 7:30am – 5:30pm, with our primary activities taking place between 8am and 4:30pm. Contact Dan Loden for updated 2013 camp details.

Firm Body Bootcamp

DETAILS WHERE: 1623 Oxmoor Road Homewood, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Schedule varies by group, please see website for more information. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Exercise Classes

Here at Firm Body Boot Camp we introduce cardio, weights and stomach flattening exercises all into one workout. You'll save time by burning fat, toning muscle and getting a flat stomach all at once. Classes are held at Homewood Park. Contact for pricing details.

Hooper City Recreation Center

The Birmingham Park and Recreation Board operates the Hooper City Recreation Center which is open year-round, six days a week. The centers offer planned activities for all ages. On Mondays and Thursdays. aerobics classes are offered and on Wednesdays there is Zumba class. Please contact the Rec Center for more information.

Mountain Brook Presbyterian Community Garden

Mountain Brook Presbyterian Community Garden donates all their produce to Magic City Harvest. Magic City Harvest then distributes produce and food to other organizations to help feed the hungry in Birmingham, AL. The 10-acre garden is located off of Brookwood Road. Sowing the garden typically begins in April. Please contact the church office for volunteer...

Homewood Senior Center

The Homewood Senior Center offers a variety of programs, facilities and services. They have a fitness room, lunch program, computer lab, kitchen, arts & crafts room, game room and much more. Programs include dance classes, arts & crafts,  and exercise classes. Educational programs includes special speakers come in several times a year, including...

Exchange Club Family Skills Center

DETAILS WHERE: 2300 10th Court South   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Every Tuesday from 6:30 -7:30 pm TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Families, Support Groups for Families and Children

Our main goal is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. We can achieve this by attending the weekly class held every Tuesday from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm. The class targets issues important to parents with children ages 10- 17 yrs.old only. I know if we work together we can make a difference.

Southside Teen Positive Parenting Group (PPG) at The Exchange Club Family Skill Center

Positive Parenting Groups are FREE ongoing educational support groups that meet weekly. There are several classes to choose from, including a class for parents of teenagers. Our Positive Parenting Groups are open to ALL parents/caregivers of children 0-17, or expecting parents wanting to learn more about parenting and a positive way of discipline in...

Columbiana Positive Parenting Group (PPG) at The Exchange Club Family Skill Center Copy

DETAILS WHERE: 1-8 Avenue West Birmingham, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Meets Tuesdays from 10am-11am Shelby County DHR TAGS: Pratt, Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Families, Support Groups for Families and Children

Positive Parenting Groups are FREE ongoing educational support groups that meet weekly. There are several classes to choose from, including a class for parents of teenagers. Our Positive Parenting Groups are open to ALL parents/caregivers of children 0-17, or expecting parents wanting to learn more about parenting and a positive way of discipline in...

The NEW West Homewood Farmer’s Market

The farmers' market in West Homewood is switching it up this year! The market will no longer be open on Saturday mornings, but instead, it will be open on Tuesdays from 5pm-8pm during June and July and every 3rd Tuesday during August and September.

Yoga at Riverchase UMC

DETAILS WHERE: 1953 Old Montgomery Highway Hoover, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Tuesdays 9:15AM & 6:00PM; Thursdays, 6:00 PM TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Exercise Classes, More, Faith-based Programs

Yoga class is offered on Tuesdays, 6:00 PM  (Suzanne Sizemore) and Thursdays, 6:00 PM (Karen Kuchinata), located in Riverchase A. The cost is $5.00 per class.    

Zumba at Graysville Community Center

Graysville Community Center offers Zumba Gold dance classes to members every Tuesday at 6:00 PM.

Celebrate Recovery Support Group

Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based support group for people struggling with issues including food. Ashbury United Methodist Church (UMC) is a growing church in the North Shelby County area. Through worship, small groups and fellowship, Celebrate Recovery ® will work with you to learn new behaviors to find peace in the midst of dysfunctional...

Zumba at Lakeside Baptist Church

Zumba is offered at Lakeside Baptist Church. Classes are Tuesdays at 7:00pm and Fridays at 9:45am. Please contact Giselle Glays for more information.

Senior Stretch at Mountain Brook Baptist Church

In the Recreation Ministry at Mountain Brook Baptist Church, you'll discover opportunities for physical fitness and athletic competition. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:15 AM, senior church members and their guests meet for "Senior Stretch".

BHC’s Bessemer Health Center

Birmingham Health Care (BHC) has several clinics that provide both urgent and primary care. In addition to caring for adults, family practice clinicians and pediatric staff provide on-going care to children from newborn to young adulthood. The Bessemer Health Center serves patients on a Tuesday to Thursday schedule. Please contact the clinic to make an...

Food Pantry at Southside Baptist Church

The Food Pantry at Southside Baptist Church gives food out on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 7:00 AM. They are not accepting new clients until January 2013. Please call them for further information.

Zumba at Saint John A.M.E. Church

Saint John A.M.E. Church offers Zumba classes every Wednesday from 11 am to 12 pm.  It is always best to call the church and confirm the class time and fee prior to attending for the first time.

Zumba Gold at Shades Crest Baptist Church

Zumba Gold is a class designed especially for Seniors.  Classes are held every Wednesday from 9:00 - 10:00AM and are open to the community. It is always best to call the church and confirm prior to attending the first class.

Food Pantry at Bluff Park United Methodist Church

Bluff Park United Methodist Church's Food Pantry is open the 1st Wednesday of each month from 9:00am - 3:00pm. There are no requirements to receive food. Please contact Ms. Penny Burns for additional information.

Don Hawkins Recreational Center

DETAILS WHERE: 8920 Roebuck Boulevard   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Every Thursday from 1:00-2:00 pm TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Families, Support Groups for Families and Children

Our main goal is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. We can achieve this by attending the weekly class held every Thursday from 1:00 pm  until 2:00 pm. The class targets issues important to parents with children ages birth- 12 yrs. I know if we work together we can make a difference.

Roebuck Positive Parenting Group (PPG) at The Exchange Club Family Skill Center

Positive Parenting Groups are FREE ongoing educational support groups that meet weekly. There are several classes to choose from, including a class for parents of teenagers. Our Positive Parenting Groups are open to ALL parents/caregivers of children 0-17, or expecting parents wanting to learn more about parenting and a positive way of discipline in...

Vestavia Hills Overeaters Anonymous

The Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church hosts the Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Thursdays at 7:00PM. OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain or maintenance, or obesity or diets. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. OA offers a program of recovery from...

Yoga at Pilgrim Church

The Pilgrim Church, a United Church of Christ, offers yoga classes that are open to the community on Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:00 PM.

Basketball at The Refiner’s House

The Refiner's House is a church that has an activity center.  Men meet on Thursdays at 7:00 - 9:00 PM for pick up basketball. Please call to confirm time and schedule.

Clay House Children’s Center aka Bessemer Advocacy Center

DETAILS WHERE: 1830 Dartmouth Avenue   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Every Friday from 10:00 am until 11:00 am TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Families, Support Groups for Families and Children

Our main goal is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. We can achieve this by attending the weekly class held every Friday  from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. The class targets issues important to parents with children ages birth -12 yrs.old . I know if we work together we can make a difference.

Greater Birmingham Ministries

DETAILS WHERE: 2304 12th Ave, North Birmingham   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Food pantry is open every Friday at 7:00 AM. TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthy Eating, Additional Resources, More, Faith-based Programs

Greater Birmingham Ministry works to provide food, clothing and financial assistance to those in need. Food is available to those in need. Please contact them for more information.

Birmingham Public Library Central Branch

Our main goal is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect. We can achieve this by attending the weekly class held every Saturday from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. The class targets issues important to parents with children ages birth- 12 yrs.old . I know if we work together we can make a difference.

Downtown Positive Parenting Group (PPG) at The Exchange Club Family Skill Center

Positive Parenting Groups are FREE ongoing educational support groups that meet weekly. There are several classes to choose from, including a class for parents of teenagers. Our Positive Parenting Groups are open to ALL parents/caregivers of children 0-17, or expecting parents wanting to learn more about parenting and a positive way of discipline in...

Red Mountain Park

DETAILS WHERE: 2011 Frankfurt Drive   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM every Saturday beginning January 23rd TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Parks, Events, Healthy Families, Family-Friendly Activities, Healthcare

NOW OFFERING GUIDED HIKES–EVERY SATURDAY BEGINNING JAN. 23RD What: See how Birmingham became “The Magic City”! You will meet your guide at the Trailhead and take an engaging walk along the ruins of old mine structures and railroad beds, learning how Red Mountain iron ore once fed the nation’s thirst for steel. Whether you are a history buff,...

Online and Other Unscheduled Resources:

Family Service Center of Jefferson County

Managing Parental Stress and Anger: How to keep your buttons from being pushed while staying in control of yourself and your child.

FREE Community Grief Support Services

Community Grief Support Services (CGSS) is a safe place where people grieving the death of a loved one can find hope and healing and meet with others who have had this experience and understand. Together they learn how to regain control of their lives in an environment of care, comfort and healing. CGSS offers grief support in the form of private...

Community Education South

This is a Senior Citizen Symposium that will address common health care issues of the elderly to include Diabetes, Hypertension and Stress Management. Widowhood, Medicare/Medicaid coverage and approaches to promote optimal holistic wellness are incorporated to establish health compliance. A physician/practitioner will present changes that normally occur...

Friends of Red Mountain Park Nature Hike

Be an important part of building Red Mountain Park's plant inventory on this 2 mile, moderate difficulty hike! Help identify as many species of wildflowers and unique flora at the Park as possible, and maybe you'll discover a new species named after you! This hike will be an interpretive, conversation based exercise led by a botanical expert. For this...

Volunteer Vacation at Red Mountain Park

Beginning March 30th and running through April 3rd Red Mountain Park is hosting Volunteer Vacation! This year’s Volunteer Vacation is going to be a little different in that we are offering morning and afternoon time slots; 9:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Stay the whole time or part of the time, that is up to you, all we ask is that you have fun...

National Depression Screening Day

  Holidays are a stressful time of the year. Many of us travel, have friends or family visit, and spend more money than usual. These stressors can impact our mental health. Mental health is often something that is overlooked but it is just as important as your physical health. One of the most common mental health issues is depression....

Depression resources in the Birmingham area

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, it's important to seek help.   Listed below are a few resources in the Birmingham area for those affected by depression or other mental health problems:   Support Group for those with Depression or Bipolar Disorder (Free) What? – This support group...

4 Simple Tips For Healthier Tailgating

Football season is finally here. There is nothing more fun than tailgating with your friends and family.   Here are some tips to make sure that you can enjoy tailgating this year while staying healthy:   1) Offer to bring something yourself. This way you will be guaranteed to have a healthy option available. Some...

UAB Pediatric Dentistry

The UAB Pediatric Dentistry Clinic provides families with quality care directed by board-certified  or board-eligible specialists in pediatric dentistry. To make an appointment for you child at the Finn Children's Clinic, please call  at 205-934-4546. This clinic is located on UAB's campus, on the third floor of the UAB...

Start the Grill: Low sugar barbeque sauce

Good barbecue is pretty much a staple for many of us in the South. For me barbecue is only as good as the sauce, but many store-bought barbecue sauces are very high in sugar and pack a surprising amount of calories in a small serving.     For example, Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbeque Sauce has 16 grams (about 3 tsp) of sugar and 70...

Children’s Hospital Diabetes Center

The diabetes program at Children's of Alabama is one of the largest in the country serving more than 2,600 children with diabetes. They provide comprehensive services for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with type I and II diabetes, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, steroid-induced diabetes, post-pancreatectomy diabetes, and other rare forms...

Songs for Sight

This is a peer support group for children with vision impairment and their families.  Childhood vision impairment is a rare condition and often children with vision impairment have never met another child with similar challenges.  The Songs for Sight Youth Low Vision Support Group provides the opportunity for children and parents to know that they are...

How much sugar is in your sauce?

We all know that sweets contain a lot of sugar, but sugar is also hiding in a lot of processed savory foods. Foods like barbeque sauce, ketchup, canned soup and spaghetti sauce can pack a lot of sugar. I was surprised how much added sugar is in jarred spaghetti sauce. While tomatoes have some natural sugar in them, a lot of companies add extra sugar to...

Be active: Bike!

Bicycle riding is a fun and easy way to get exercise in our city. Many roads have plenty of room for cyclists and cars to co-exist safely. Every day, Birmingham is becoming more accessible for people who want to ride. Not only are bicycles great for staying physically active, they also provide an alternative means of transportation. Imagine going on...

Hike with us: Discover hiking trails and events near you!

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Physical Activity, Parks, Events

Celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® on June 7 at Red Mountain Park! Enjoy a two-mile hike starting at 9am along Red Mountain’s most popular trail, the Ridge walk. If you enjoy hiking, consider joining one of these sponsored hikes: Southeastern Outings will lead a moderately easy four-mile hike on the Brookside Walking...

Are you drinking your calories?

Are you drinking your calories? Many people don’t realize how much sugar and calories are in drinks. Drinks can easily add up to 1,000 calories a day which can cause us to gain weight. Soda, sport drinks, sweet tea, and even fruit juices all have sugar. One 20-ounce bottle of soda can add 240 calories and 13 teaspoons of sugar to your diet. Sports...

Make Every Day World No Tobacco Day

Celebrating 2 years! The Magic City went smoke free on June 1st, 2012 a day after the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day. Let’s celebrate a smoke-free city on May 31st. This is a time for organizations all over the world to highlight the health risks related to tobacco use. Globally, tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death....

Eating Out: Tips for making healthier choices

Eating out can be fun and convenient, but it can also be difficult to stick to a healthy diet when dining at restaurants. The portion sizes are often larger than what we would eat for a meal at home and we don’t always have complete information about what is going into our food at restaurants. Here are some tips to help you make healthier choices when...

See Clearly in Healthy Vision Month

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthcare, Eye Care

We're focusing on eye health this month, because May will be Healthy Vision Month. Annual eye exams are an important part of staying healthy. Dilated eye exams are the only way to catch eye disease early and can even help to detect early signs of other illnesses.1 For people with diabetes, it is especially important to have regular exams by an eye...

Farmers’ Markets: Eat healthier this spring with fresh, local produce

Farmers' markets and community gardens can be a great way to find local and low-cost fruit and vegetables to help you eat healthier. As spring returns, many of the farmers' markets will be re-opening soon! Here are few markets you may want to check out in the coming weeks: Pepper Place Saturday Market This lively market on 2nd Avenue South will be...

Add More Veggies into Your Diet for National Nutrition Month®

We are always being told to eat more vegetables. This is because vegetables have many benefits for our health. Vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals, as well as being high in fiber and low in carbohydrates.  Eating more vegetables is a great way to help control your carbohydrate and caloric intake, while still satisfying your hunger1. The...

Scale Back Alabama

Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a statewide weight-loss contest designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and to have fun while doing it. Since the first contest in 2007, Alabamians have lost more than one million pounds! SBA begins their 10-week annual competitions in mid-January. Whether you register for the competition or not, the SBA website offers...

20-minute meal: Easy seared and steamed fish

Many of us are intimidated by cooking fresh or frozen fish, but this simple technique from the UAB Windows into Wellness blog makes this healthy food both simple to prepare and delicious. Our own staff member, Rebecca Honaker tried out this recipe using frozen Tilapia filets. Tilapia is a great choice for those who don't prefer a strong fishy...

4 Steps to Turning New Year’s Resolutions Into Realities

Repost from UAB Medicine   Every year people are good at making resolutions, but they soon fail before the first month is complete. UAB Internist, Jane Jung, MD, says you can improve your chances of success by following these four steps: identify an attainable goal, specify a plan to reach it, give reasons why you want to fulfill the...

24/7, 365 days of the year. Diabetes doesn’t stop. Neither should you.

Every day you make an extraordinary effort to manage your diabetes. Here are some resources to help you work toward your goals:   1. Support Groups: Talk about managing diabetes at Oasis Women's Counseling Center, FMS Pharmacy Free Support Group, Cooper Green Health System's Support Groups and more.   2. Healthy Eating: Learn new recipes...

Diabetes on a Budget

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, More, Additional Resources

Written by: John P. Shelley and Rebecca Honaker, BA Reviewed by: April Agne, MPH With the rising costs of prescriptions and everyday supplies, like test strips, taking better care of your diabetes can be an expensive (and overwhelming) goal. Becoming a smarter shopper can go a long way in bringing down those prices, without sacrificing your health. ...

The Delicious Dietician

The Delicious Dietician is a private practice providing one-on-one dietary guidance and easy-to-follow meal plans tailored to your needs. The practice has a program specifically designed for people diagnosed with diabetes that follows their mission of real food for real people. The Delicious Dietician has several locations in Birmingham and Fultondale, as...

Mental Health Resource Directory for Alabama

The Mental Health Resource Directory for Alabama is a helpful tool to link people to mental health services in Alabama. The site includes a broad range of resources, including non-profit organizations, private practitioners, groups, and individuals who provide mental health services, treatment, information, support, and referral services. You can search...

Steps for Taking Care of Your Feet

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Greater Birmingham Area, Healthcare, Foot Care

Taking care of your feet is very important if you have diabetes. Diabetes can lead to a few problems that can hurt your feet. High blood glucose levels cause nerve damage (known as neuropathy) in your feet and legs.1 This can mean that you may not be able to feel heat or cold as well and that you can have a cut or sore on your foot without knowing it....

Help with Medication Costs

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Medications can be very expensive. If you are having trouble covering the cost of your medications, here are some ways you may be able to get help.   Talk with your doctor. Let your doctor know that it is difficult to pay for all your medications. They may be able to find alternatives or suggest Patient Assistance Programs for...

Sugar: The Other White Drug with Jennifer Cole Conn at Homewood Public Library

Sugar: The Other White Drug: We’re a nation that’s sweet on sugar: the average U.S. adult downs 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, according to the American Heart Association, and surveys have found that teens swallow 34 teaspoons. Although some argue that sugar is just “empty calories,” a growing body of scientific evidence is showing that fructose can...

UAB Windows into Wellness

"From recipes to exercise tips to motivational messages, Windows into Wellness, the UAB Wellness blog, provides inspiration for healthy living 5 days a week. 'The goal of the blog is to share the many ways we can make our lives and those around us better,” says UAB Wellness Director Lauren Whitt, PhD. “One of the missions of the UAB Wellness program...

GRADE: a type 2 diabetes study

Do you have type 2 diabetes? Join the GRADE study to help us find the best long-term treatment for people living with type 2 diabetes. Quick facts about the GRADE study: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with 37 medical...

Be Active, Get Outdoors: Find a park near you!

    There are many wonderful parks in the greater Birmingham-Metro area. Get outdoors and have fun at a new-to-you park today: 1. Red Mountain Park Friends of Red Mountain History Hike Series: Join the Friends of Red Mountain Park Sunday, May 18th at 2:00 p.m. for a FREE History Hike at the Park!  This fun...

Diabetes Support Groups in Alabama

Diabetes Support Groups in Alabama is a site with a listing of support groups by county in Alabama. It provides a launch point to look for a group near you. This site is offered by Daily Diabetes which provides a variety of information on diabetes.

Wilson Quality Consulting, LLC

Wilson Quality Consulting, LLC (WQC) has an unique Annual Impact Monitoring and Evaluation System (AIMES) designed by Dr. Wilson. This monitoring system helps to ensure an unprecedented level of accountability, based on information gathered from various community and evidence-based programs. AIMES data allows WQC to measure the impact/outcome of every...

The Diabetes Bridge Clinic

The Diabetes Bridge Clinic, located in Kirklin Clinic, is the first of its kind in the nation to serve hospitalized patients on an intense insulin regimen. The Diabetes Bridge Clinic helps people go from hospital to home with a continuum of diabetes care. The Clinic is located on the first floor of the Kirklin Clinic. The appointments are made directly...

Samford’s Congregational Health Program

Samford University's Congregational Health Program is committed to forming partnerships with faith communities of various denominations who are seeking to develop health ministries that promote health and healing from a whole person perspective-body, mind and spirit. The Congregational Health Program is an Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing program at Samford...

Health Action Partnership

Health Action is a process conducted by a team of committed organizations seeking community input to improve health in Jefferson County, Alabama. This collaboration resulted in the book, Our Community Roadmap to Health, containing the issues and goals to be addressed by the local public health partners.

Exercise Classes at Faith Chapel Christian Center’s “The Bridge”

Faith Chapel Christian Center's The Bridge offers exercise classes and equipment to the congregation and community throughout the week. The facilities include and indoor track, basketball court, cardiovascular equipment, and a weight room. Check out the exercise class schedule. It is always best to call the church and confirm the class time and fee prior...

Exercise Classes at Valleydale Church

Valleydale Church offers exercise classes throughout the week. Ladies Zumba is offered on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 am. Step Aerobics is held at 6:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check out their calendar for more classes and cancellations.  There is also exercise equipment on site.  It is always best to call the church and confirm the class and fee...

EveryGirl Fitness

EveryGirl Fitness delivers "Bootcamp" style physical fitness classes in churches and community centers throughout the Birmingham area, including: Liberty Crossings Methodist Church, Mountain Brook Baptist, and Cherokee Bend Elementary. You can join an ongoing class or customize your own class for you and your friends. Classes usually run from 6 to...

Exercise classes at the Birmingham Islamic Society

The Birmingham Islamic Society offers a vairety of exercise classes, such as boxing, senior fitness and athletic performance training. These classes are available to members free of charge.  Because classes are intermittent, it is best to call the contact number to determine current start dates.

Dawson Family of Faith’s Healthy Lifestyles

Dawson Family of Faith offers Healthy Lifestyles classes. They enroll up to 25 people for this 2-3 week diabetes management class. Enrollment begins in November and fills quickly. Please contact Debbie Moss for more information.

Riverchase UMC Recreation Ministry

Riverchase United Methodist Church has a Recreation Ministry. This Ministry offers a variety of exercise classes thatinclude Pilates, Yoga and Boot Camp. Adult and Children's sports are also available. This ministry is open to the community. Please check Riverchase UMC's zumba, pilates, and yoga listings on our site.

Health InfoNet of Alabama

Health InfoNet of Alabama is a free, award-winning health information service of the medical and public libraries throughout the state. Services include assistance with locating targeted, reliable, up to date health information, educational presentations on finding and evaluating health information online, and a database of health services throughout the...

Howard Lake

Howard Lake is located at 300 Municipal Lane on 8 acres of scenic woodlands near to Highway 31 and I-459. This park has a three-acre lake, lighted track, playground, pavilion, parking. The Howard Lakehouse can be reserved for civic and social events.

Star Lake

Star Lake is located on five acres next the Hoover Country Club. It features a three-acre lake including shaded picnic areas with tables, a pier and a walking/ jogging track around the lake's perimeter. Take friends or family for a picnic this spring or fall!

Veteran’s Park

Veterans Park is the newest and largest Hoover park. It features a professionally developed 5K cross-country course for walking and jogging and is host each year to the Great American Cross Country Race. The park also hosts such annual events as Hoover's own Pet-a-Palooza and Movies in the Park.

Small steps to a healthier you!

The beginning of a new year is a great starting point to get on a path to a healthier you! “A healthful lifestyle is easier than you might think. The path to good health isn't the same for everyone and yours may change over time. Take small steps that are right for you, one at a time. Every step adds up, so you’ll reach your health goals before you know...

Georgetown Lake Park

Georgetown Lake Park is an 8-acre park located in Hoover, AL. This park has a lake, track, playground, and two gazebos for your enjoyment.

Hoover Central Park

Hoover Central Park is 22 acre park with seven lighted baseball/softball fields, track. This park also has a playground, a track and restrooms.

Hoover East Sports Park

Hoover East Park is a 160 acre park with softball, baseball, soccer, and football fields. There is also a gazebo and playgrounds.

Russet Woods Park

Russett Woods Parks is located on 1.3 acres in Hoover, AL.  This park is a neighborhood park with a small playground.

Wildflower Park (Riverchase)

Wildflower Park is located on 14 acres in Hoover, AL. The park includes a playground, athletic field, gazebo, outdoor basketball court and restrooms.  Take a walk on the track that runs through the park (5 laps = 1 mile).

Inverness Park

Inverness Park has a playground and picnic area.

Senior day program at Hopewell

Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church offers a senior citizen day program. Their program offers health screenings with weekly blood pressure and glucose testing every Monday- Friday 8 am to 1 pm. There are assorted sporting activities and a fitness center. Please contact Geraldine Craig for more information.

ENCOURAGE Program

ENCOURAGE is  a program to improve diabetes managment. They have diabetes education materials related to healthy eating and safe exercising in the form of DVDs. DVDs can be provided to you by mail or online  via YouTube. Please contact us for more information.

Faith Chapel Christian Storehouse

Faith Chapel Christian Storehouse's goal is to meet the physical needs of those we serve by providing nutritional food and adequate clothing while giving a message of hope and love. Food is distributed every 3rd Saturday from 10a – 12p at the Faith Chapel Zeal building.    If this is your first time to receive groceries, we will ask you to fill out a...

Food Pantry at Crossroads Community Church

Crossroads Community Church has a food pantry available to those in need. Please call to make an appointment.

Stop Diabetes at Work

The Stop Diabetes at Work is an initiative to help you and your colleagues take charge of your health and reduce your risk for this growing epidemic.You can work with your local American Diabetes Association to develop an evidenced-based healthy worksite program that will meet the needs of your employees. In addition, you can work with your local...

Planet D

Planet D is the America Diabetes Association's interactive and informational website for children and adolescents living with diabetes. You'll find great information on diabetes and how to manage diabetes on a daily basis.

Diabetes Day

Bring awareness of the seriousness of diabetes to your congregation, co-workers, or employees. The goals of Diabetes Day are to: increase awareness that diabetes is a serious disease; identify risk factors; and to inform the parishioners about the resources available through the American Diabetes Association. Contact your local American Diabetes Association...

Diabetes 24/7

Diabetes 24/7 is a personal health record that allows you to manage your diabetes and share valuable health information with others on your health care team. This application integrates with Microsoft's HealthVault, which allows you to securely import data from your doctor, pharmacy or laboratory and share the data with anyone you choose, such as your...

Live Empowered (African American Initiatives)

To address the growing diabetes epidemic, the American Diabetes Association created a targeted approach called African American Initiatives. This initiative is an aggressive campaign designed to increase awareness of the rates of diabetes among African Americans, provide information about the seriousness of diabetes and its complications, teach the...

Everyday Wisdom Kit

The Everyday Wisdom ™ Kit  is tool designed to help families of children with type 1 diabetes live with diabetes everyday. The Everyday Wisdom Kit helps families plan for everyday moments and events such as birthday parties, playing sports and getting behind the wheel. The Kit comes in a reusable lunch bag and includes numerous guides, an interactive...

Woodland Park Church of Christ

Periodically, health workshops and screenings are held at the church. Call the church number for specific dates.

Grow Alabama

Grow Alabama is a weekly delivery service of locally grown, sustainably grown fruits and vegetables, direct to your home, office or community pickup location. Our farmers provide you with the best fruits and vegetables Alabama has to offer.

My Fitness Pal

MyFitnessPal is a free website that provides you with the tools and support you need to achieve your weight loss goals. This site was recommended by Ms. Dana Casey, a Certified Diabetes Educator at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. She finds the food diary helpful because it tracks carbs, fat, sodium intake, etc. Also MyFitnessPal has nutritional values for...

Living With Type 2 Diabetes – ADA

The American Diabetes Association's website is an invaluable site for up-to-date information on living with diabetes and provides tools for improved management of diabetes.  

F.A.C.E. Diabetes

Welcome to F.A.C.E. Diabetes. It's website focused on empowering the people we care about most—family, friends and the larger community. Developed by Lilly Diabetes, the goal of the F.A.C.E. Diabetes initiative is to help African Americans living with type 2 diabetes take positive steps forward. Please visit F.A.C.E. Diabetes for more information.

Southeastern Diabetes Education Services

SDES provides residential and day camps for children living with diabetes (ages birth - 17 years) and their family members, as well as Community Family Events throughout the year in 8 communities in Alabama including Birmingham. Each program has a fee, but scholarships are available for our camp programs based on financial need. SDES is the only...

ADA Members Only Recipe Club

You can join the American Diabetes Association's Members Only Recipe Club by registering with My Food Advisor. My Food Advisor provides free healthy recipes to help manage diabetes/lose weight.

Excercise classes at 16th Street Baptist Church

16th Street Baptist Church has special events and exercise opportunities that are open to the public. Please call them for specific time and dates.

YMCA Youth Center

The YMCA Youth Center has mentoring programs, health related special events, summer camps, after school programs and sports leagues throughout the year. Please visit their website or call for details and financial aid options.

Collat Jewish Family Services

At Collat Jewish Family Services we are dedicated to meeting the needs of the Birmingham Jewish and General Communities by providing an array of services that recognizes the uniqueness of every individual or family.  Collat provides numerous services including: Counseling, Care Management, Caregiver Support, In-Home Services, Individuals & Families...

Hueytown Senior Center

Hueytown Senior Center provides social and recreational activities, hot meals, seminars and an annual health fair. Serving residents of Jefferson County, about 4 times per year a health care provider visits the Center to speak about diabetes. Please contact them for further information.

Food Pantry at Palmerdale United Methodist Church

The food pantry at Palmerdale United Methodist Church is available to residents within the 35123, 35126 and 35133 zip codes only. Proof of ID and address must be shown. The food pantry is open the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 9:00 - 12:00 PM. Call for special hours in November and December.

Food Pantry at Mount Pilgrim People’s Devotional Center

The Food Pantry at Mount Pilgrim People's Devotional Center requires photo ID, proof of income and residency for services. Call for a detailed listing of times and dates.

Food Pantry at 23rd Street Baptist Church

The Food Pantry at 23rd Street Baptist Church will dispense food to qualifying individuals by appointment only. Please contact them for more information.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers is a weight loss program. Their services are available for a fee. They hold meetings across the city of Birmingham and Jefferson County at various churches and community centers.The program emphasizes healthy food choices and reduced portion size. Please call 1-800-651-6000 or refer to their website to find a meeting near you.

Tips for a healthier new year!

1. Avoid overeating at mealtimes! If you are going to a party, a birthday celebration, a Christmas party or another type of gathering, eat something healthy and light like cold cereal with fat-free milk or a piece of fruit before leaving home. This will help you to not feel as hungry and reduce the times you head to the table for more food. 2. Don’t...

My Fitness Pal

MyFitnessPal is a free website that provides you with the tools and support you need to achieve your weight loss goals. This site was recommended by Ms. Dana Casey, a Certified Diabetes Educator at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. She finds the food diary helpful because it tracks carbs, fat, sodium intake, etc. Also MyFitnessPal has nutritional values for...

Southeastern Diabetes Education Services

SDES provides residential and day camps for children living with diabetes (ages birth - 17 years) and their family members, as well as Community Family Events throughout the year in 8 communities in Alabama including Birmingham. Each program has a fee, but scholarships are available for our camp programs based on financial need. SDES is the only...

The Amelia Center

The Amelia Center specializes in serving children, teenagers, and young adults (age 19-21) grieving the death of a loved one and parents or grandparents grieving the loss of a child. The Amelia Center is a comprehensive grief counseling center that provides individual and family counseling to children and teens who have experienced a death, or to adults who...

Community Education South

This is a Senior Citizen Symposium that will address common health care issues of the elderly to include Diabetes, Hypertension and Stress Management. Widowhood, Medicare/Medicaid coverage and approaches to promote optimal holistic wellness are incorporated to establish health compliance. A physician/practitioner will present changes that normally occur...

UAB Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center

UAB Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center offers numerous mental health services. They include the following: 1. Evaluation Clinic - Evaluation Clinic is the entry way to services here and the point at which eligibility for continued treatment is determined for persons that meet criteria for serious mental illness, which include functional...