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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...

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...

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...

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...

Mary’s Food and Fashion

DETAILS WHERE: 867 County Road 59 Pineapple,Al   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Monday thru Friday 8:30am - 2:30pm TAGS: Healthy Eating, Farmers’ Markets + Community Gardens, More, Additional Resources

Mary’s Food & Fashion is a small place with a big heart. They provide hot meals for select seniors 3 days a week. That is not all Mary’s Food and Fashion does for the community. She supplies clothes at affordable prices and serves a wide variety of healthy meals 4 days a week to the community. Mary's plays a big part in this community and is...

The Farm Stand at UAB

Now supported by Boozer Farms, the Farm Stand brings the best local and regional fruits and vegetables to UAB's Healthcare System.  Business opened on April 7th and will continue through October 28th. Their schedule this year:

Community Food Bank of Central Alabama

   The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama is an amazing organization that collects food donations and distributes them to local food pantries and soup kitchens in the central Alabama area. The Food Bank also has some of its own programs that work directly with people in need. One of these programs is called the Mobile Pantry program....

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...

Hearty Lean Chili Recipe

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Healthy Eating, Additional Resources

Tail-gating season is finally here and there will be many tempting sweets and treats around. For a healthier alternative, try this healthy chili recipe out: Hearty Lean Chili              Serves: 12    Size: 1 cup (217  g) Ingredients 1 pound 95% lean ground beef or lean ground...

Healthy Fall Recipes

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Healthy Eating, Additional Resources

Fall is finally here and I’m sure we are all excited to get out of the heat and enter into some cooler weather. Here are some healthy fall meals to keep you and your family happy this fall season: Slow Cooker Pork with Walnuts and Apples   (serves 8)         serving size- 4 ounces of meat                    ...

Jones Valley Teaching Farm: a school-based food and nutrition education program

September is childhood obesity month and it is important to introduce healthy foods to our kids, encouraging a more healthy lifestyle early on. The Jones Valley Teaching Farm does exactly this through their Good School Foods program. In 2012, building on the framework of the urban farm, Jones Valley Teaching Farm brought together a team of educators,...

Shop smarter: Tips on buying healthier frozen foods

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Healthy Eating, Additional Resources

We all know that it’s healthier to cook homemade meals. However, with a busy schedule, even people who enjoy cooking may find themselves in a time crunch from time to time. Frozen foods can be convenient in these moments, and while many frozen foods can be high in calories, fat, and sodium, not all frozen foods have to be off limits. If you are careful...

Back to School with Diabetes

Back to school is quickly approaching! If your child has diabetes extra preparations need to be made to insure that your child will stay healthy while at school.  Here are some helpful tips for sending your child with diabetes back to school with confidence: Plan ahead: It is important that the school is aware that your child has...

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...

Mommy and Me Time Fitness

Mommy and Me Time Fitness offers a variety of fitness classes for Moms.  Prenatal and Postnatal fitness, Mommy & Me Bootcamp, Mommy Fit, Zumba and Pilates.  Moms, Moms To Be, and even Grandmas, of all fitness levels, and children of all ages are welcome! The class schedule is :  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:20am in Homewood Tuesday...

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...

Urban Cookhouse Hosts 3 Farmer’s Markets

Urban Cookhouse, a local restaurant, will be managing three Farmer's Markets this summer in the Birmingham area. Check out these markets: Homewood Market: Every Saturday May 10th – August 9th (excluding Memorial Day weekend – May 24th) ∙ 8:00am-12:00pm ∙ Soho Parking Lot/Downtown Homewood (2850 19th St S, Homewood, AL 35209) Summit Market:...

D2 Line Dancing by Desi Keith

D2 Line Dancing By Desi Keith, will teach you the latest line dances and you will burn off some calories at the same time! Classes are $5 per session or $30 for a monthly membership.

Harrison Park

This newly renovated park in the West End of Birmingham will soon feature activities like  Line Dancing Lessons for Beginners, Zumba, Walking and Fitness Programs, Tennis Camps, an Outdoor Basketball League team along with a monthly Biking Rodeo. "A SPARK to the PARK", an effort to attract community members to the park, will be organizing activities in the...

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...

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...

Know your Risk: American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Support + Education, Hotlines/Online Resources

American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is an annual event when the ADA asks Americans to learn more about their risk for type 2 diabetes by taking their Diabetes Risk Test. This is a quick quiz that will ask you questions about your height, weight, age, family history, activity level, and other risk factors. Alert Day takes place on the fourth Tuesday...

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...

Diabetes Books and Resources at the Homewood Library

The Homewood Public Library has put together a comprehensive list of their diabetes related books and resources. The list includes cookbooks and diet books, books on exercise, books for teens, and books on diabetes and treatment. These titles below are available for check out at the Homewood Library. If you cannot get to the Homewood Library, you can...

Hikes for Tykes

DETAILS WHERE: Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Every Saturday at 10 am TAGS: Physical Activity, Parks, Events

Beginning at 10 am every Saturday, Hikes for Tykes is a free program provided to visitors of The Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This walk encourages pre-school children and their parents to engage in an outdoor educational adventure. The program is offered in partnership with Fresh Air...

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...

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...

Spice it up!

      Try these easy ways to reduce salt and fat when you cook.   Reduce salt1 1. Add less salt. 2. Season your food with herbs and spices instead of salt. - Add oregano & black pepper to green peas or corn - Add lemon & black pepper over mixed...

Taking Control of Diabetes: How 3 famous women live with diabetes

  By: April Agne, MPH (March 2013) Many women live strong, healthy and happy with diabetes. However, these women struggle day to day like many individuals living diabetes. Here we recognize their stories of struggle, triumph, and strategies to manage their diabetes.  Patti LaBelle, singer/author/actor (age 68, Type 2...

Cooper Green Hospital Diabetes Support Group

Cooper Green Mercy Health System offers a monthly Diabetes Support Group Meeting. The Support Group meeting is held on the Tuesday of every month from 9:00-10:00am in the 2nd floor Cafeteria. No registration is required. You do not have to be a patient of Cooper Green Mercy Health Services. Support group meetings are open to anyone....

The Pepper Place Saturday Market

The Pepper Place Saturday Market features goods from local farmers, bakers and cooks and includes musical performances and cooking demonstrations. The market is open every Saturday from mid-April to mid-December. Pepper Place will be open on April 12, 2014! Check out their online calendar for upcoming events!

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.    

Cahaba Valley Health Care

  Cahaba Valley Health Care is a nonprofit organization based in central Alabama dedicated to providing access to quality healthcare for the underserved  communities in Jefferson and Shelby Counties. We have only 8 paid employees. Our screenings and follow up clinics are otherwise staffed by volunteer dentists, dental hygienists,...

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).

Mobile Farmer’s Market

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: East Lake, East Lake

In 2005, P.E.E.R Inc. established the East Lake Farmers Market. Now they have taken the food truck concept to healthy new heights with a Mobile Farmers Market. The Mobile Market will make stops throughout East Lake offering residents fresh, healthy local produce. May through October, the Mobile Farmers Market will operate every Wednesday at these...

Upcoming Events:

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...

Cooper Green Hospital Diabetes Support Group

Cooper Green Mercy Health System offers a monthly Diabetes Support Group Meeting. The Support Group meeting is held on the Tuesday of every month from 9:00-10:00am in the 2nd floor Cafeteria. No registration is required. You do not have to be a patient of Cooper Green Mercy Health Services. Support group meetings are open to anyone....

Scheduled Resources:

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...

Mary’s Food and Fashion

DETAILS WHERE: 867 County Road 59 Pineapple,Al   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Monday thru Friday 8:30am - 2:30pm TAGS: Healthy Eating, Farmers’ Markets + Community Gardens, More, Additional Resources

Mary’s Food & Fashion is a small place with a big heart. They provide hot meals for select seniors 3 days a week. That is not all Mary’s Food and Fashion does for the community. She supplies clothes at affordable prices and serves a wide variety of healthy meals 4 days a week to the community. Mary's plays a big part in this community and is...

Mommy and Me Time Fitness

Mommy and Me Time Fitness offers a variety of fitness classes for Moms.  Prenatal and Postnatal fitness, Mommy & Me Bootcamp, Mommy Fit, Zumba and Pilates.  Moms, Moms To Be, and even Grandmas, of all fitness levels, and children of all ages are welcome! The class schedule is :  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:20am in Homewood Tuesday...

D2 Line Dancing by Desi Keith

D2 Line Dancing By Desi Keith, will teach you the latest line dances and you will burn off some calories at the same time! Classes are $5 per session or $30 for a monthly membership.

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.    

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...

Hikes for Tykes

DETAILS WHERE: Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Every Saturday at 10 am TAGS: Physical Activity, Parks, Events

Beginning at 10 am every Saturday, Hikes for Tykes is a free program provided to visitors of The Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This walk encourages pre-school children and their parents to engage in an outdoor educational adventure. The program is offered in partnership with Fresh Air...

The Pepper Place Saturday Market

The Pepper Place Saturday Market features goods from local farmers, bakers and cooks and includes musical performances and cooking demonstrations. The market is open every Saturday from mid-April to mid-December. Pepper Place will be open on April 12, 2014! Check out their online calendar for upcoming events!

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...

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...

Mobile Farmer’s Market

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: East Lake, East Lake

In 2005, P.E.E.R Inc. established the East Lake Farmers Market. Now they have taken the food truck concept to healthy new heights with a Mobile Farmers Market. The Mobile Market will make stops throughout East Lake offering residents fresh, healthy local produce. May through October, the Mobile Farmers Market will operate every Wednesday at these...

Online and Other Unscheduled Resources:

The Farm Stand at UAB

Now supported by Boozer Farms, the Farm Stand brings the best local and regional fruits and vegetables to UAB's Healthcare System.  Business opened on April 7th and will continue through October 28th. Their schedule this year:

Community Food Bank of Central Alabama

   The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama is an amazing organization that collects food donations and distributes them to local food pantries and soup kitchens in the central Alabama area. The Food Bank also has some of its own programs that work directly with people in need. One of these programs is called the Mobile Pantry program....

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...

Hearty Lean Chili Recipe

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Healthy Eating, Additional Resources

Tail-gating season is finally here and there will be many tempting sweets and treats around. For a healthier alternative, try this healthy chili recipe out: Hearty Lean Chili              Serves: 12    Size: 1 cup (217  g) Ingredients 1 pound 95% lean ground beef or lean ground...

Healthy Fall Recipes

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Healthy Eating, Additional Resources

Fall is finally here and I’m sure we are all excited to get out of the heat and enter into some cooler weather. Here are some healthy fall meals to keep you and your family happy this fall season: Slow Cooker Pork with Walnuts and Apples   (serves 8)         serving size- 4 ounces of meat                    ...

Jones Valley Teaching Farm: a school-based food and nutrition education program

September is childhood obesity month and it is important to introduce healthy foods to our kids, encouraging a more healthy lifestyle early on. The Jones Valley Teaching Farm does exactly this through their Good School Foods program. In 2012, building on the framework of the urban farm, Jones Valley Teaching Farm brought together a team of educators,...

Shop smarter: Tips on buying healthier frozen foods

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Healthy Eating, Additional Resources

We all know that it’s healthier to cook homemade meals. However, with a busy schedule, even people who enjoy cooking may find themselves in a time crunch from time to time. Frozen foods can be convenient in these moments, and while many frozen foods can be high in calories, fat, and sodium, not all frozen foods have to be off limits. If you are careful...

Back to School with Diabetes

Back to school is quickly approaching! If your child has diabetes extra preparations need to be made to insure that your child will stay healthy while at school.  Here are some helpful tips for sending your child with diabetes back to school with confidence: Plan ahead: It is important that the school is aware that your child has...

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...

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...

Urban Cookhouse Hosts 3 Farmer’s Markets

Urban Cookhouse, a local restaurant, will be managing three Farmer's Markets this summer in the Birmingham area. Check out these markets: Homewood Market: Every Saturday May 10th – August 9th (excluding Memorial Day weekend – May 24th) ∙ 8:00am-12:00pm ∙ Soho Parking Lot/Downtown Homewood (2850 19th St S, Homewood, AL 35209) Summit Market:...

Harrison Park

This newly renovated park in the West End of Birmingham will soon feature activities like  Line Dancing Lessons for Beginners, Zumba, Walking and Fitness Programs, Tennis Camps, an Outdoor Basketball League team along with a monthly Biking Rodeo. "A SPARK to the PARK", an effort to attract community members to the park, will be organizing activities in the...

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...

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...

Know your Risk: American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

DETAILS USER RATING: Not Rated TAGS: Support + Education, Hotlines/Online Resources

American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is an annual event when the ADA asks Americans to learn more about their risk for type 2 diabetes by taking their Diabetes Risk Test. This is a quick quiz that will ask you questions about your height, weight, age, family history, activity level, and other risk factors. Alert Day takes place on the fourth Tuesday...

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...

Diabetes Books and Resources at the Homewood Library

The Homewood Public Library has put together a comprehensive list of their diabetes related books and resources. The list includes cookbooks and diet books, books on exercise, books for teens, and books on diabetes and treatment. These titles below are available for check out at the Homewood Library. If you cannot get to the Homewood Library, you can...

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...

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...

Spice it up!

      Try these easy ways to reduce salt and fat when you cook.   Reduce salt1 1. Add less salt. 2. Season your food with herbs and spices instead of salt. - Add oregano & black pepper to green peas or corn - Add lemon & black pepper over mixed...

Taking Control of Diabetes: How 3 famous women live with diabetes

  By: April Agne, MPH (March 2013) Many women live strong, healthy and happy with diabetes. However, these women struggle day to day like many individuals living diabetes. Here we recognize their stories of struggle, triumph, and strategies to manage their diabetes.  Patti LaBelle, singer/author/actor (age 68, Type 2...

Cahaba Valley Health Care

  Cahaba Valley Health Care is a nonprofit organization based in central Alabama dedicated to providing access to quality healthcare for the underserved  communities in Jefferson and Shelby Counties. We have only 8 paid employees. Our screenings and follow up clinics are otherwise staffed by volunteer dentists, dental hygienists,...

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).

Harrison Park

This newly renovated park in the West End of Birmingham will soon feature activities like  Line Dancing Lessons for Beginners, Zumba, Walking and Fitness Programs, Tennis Camps, an Outdoor Basketball League team along with a monthly Biking Rodeo. "A SPARK to the PARK", an effort to attract community members to the park, will be organizing activities in the...

Back to School with Diabetes

Back to school is quickly approaching! If your child has diabetes extra preparations need to be made to insure that your child will stay healthy while at school.  Here are some helpful tips for sending your child with diabetes back to school with confidence: Plan ahead: It is important that the school is aware that your child has...

Mommy and Me Time Fitness

Mommy and Me Time Fitness offers a variety of fitness classes for Moms.  Prenatal and Postnatal fitness, Mommy & Me Bootcamp, Mommy Fit, Zumba and Pilates.  Moms, Moms To Be, and even Grandmas, of all fitness levels, and children of all ages are welcome! The class schedule is :  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:20am in Homewood Tuesday...