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Mary’s Food and Fashion

In interviewing Doris Smith, she gave a lot of informative information. She operates a Non - Profit Organization that is in need of funding. This organization has brought so much hope to the community. They have clothed the needy, gave funding to those that were in need. As well as been there for the elderly that could not help themselves. Mrs. Smith hopes...

Mydiabetesconnect.com Easy Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies can make healthy snack or breakfast especially in the summer time. Shake things up and try these two delicious smoothie recipes!   Strawberry Smoothie:                                                                   Orange Smoothie: 1/2 cup plain or light strawberry yogurt                ...

Ana Marie Food Pantry

DETAILS WHERE: 867 County Rd 59   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Mon 1-3p Wed 1-3 Thurs 9-2:30p TAGS: Healthy Eating, Additional Resources, More, Additional Resources, More, free

This is a food pantry open Mondays and Wednesday from 1:00pm-3:00pm and Thursdays from 9:00am-2:30m. Pantry is open to anyone needs food on weekly basis. Also, monetary assistance is available monthly for heat up to $100. These services are available only to residents of Pineapple, AL. Please call Ana Marie or Sister Pat with any additional questions...

An easy chili recipe for those chilly days!

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

Easy Chili Recipe 1pound canned chicken (cut up into cube or strips) 1 large onion diced 1/2 cup frozen corn (optional) 1 can of beans (kidney, pinto, or black beans) 1 bell pepper diced 2 cups cooked tomato or 2 can( each 8oz) 1 packet of McCormick Chili seasoning or (2 teaspoon chili powder and 1teaspoon salt) 1/2 garlic clove or 1/2 teaspoon...

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....

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 good ideas are...

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 turkey 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped bell peppers...

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                                      ...

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...

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MUbD2tjE9F4 The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong, lifestyle change intervention designed specifically for adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Participants meet together weekly as a small group to take small steps that lead to big changes! New Classes begin...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Recipes for Healthier Holidays

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

Maintaining a healthy diet can be particularly challenging during the holidays. Portion control and a few modifications to classic holiday recipes can go a long way in keeping your sugar under control over the holidays. Here a few recipes you can try out in the coming holiday season: Country Style Green Beans 1. Place beans, turkey, onion, and...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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 vegetables. - Check out these other...

The Farmhouse: Food Integrated Training

  The Farmhouse is a food and lifestyle forum and local market featuring whole and natural foods. Jennifer Cole Conn, of Food Integrated Training, manages the Farmhouse. She is a Certified  Holistic Health Care Professional and Personal Trainer. Jennifer also holds a culinary degree and practices as a Natural Foods Chef and is a member of the...

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.

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...

Kimberly’s Story: How her small steps changed her life

I said, Oh my goodness, that’s me! Kimberly Geisler vividly remembers staring at her picture in disbelief. There was no denying the truth.  Years of sitting on the couch were catching up with her.  Kimberly was tipping the scale at 225 pounds.  With a family history of diabetes and weight issues, she knew it was time to take action, but...

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 Medical Plaza

Medical Services provided at Birmingham Health Care (BHC) include urgent and primary care. BHC provides comprehensive and preventive medical care. Please call 205-212-5600 to set up an appointment.

Raw for 30 Days

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is an independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with diabetes switching their diet and getting off insulin. The film follows each participant's remarkable journey and captures the medical, physical, and emotional transformations brought on by this diet and lifestyle change. *Medical Disclaimer:...

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.

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.

Southside Green Thumbs Community Garden

The Southside Green Thumbs aim to revitalize Birmingham through urban farming and community development. Green Thumbs is a budding gardening community located in the heart of Southside in Birmingham, Alabama. Call 1-334-301-4298 for  more information on spring planting schedules.

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 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...

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.

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.

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.  

KidsHealth Website

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

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.

West End Health Center

The West End Health Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F (except on Holidays) and accept patients with the following health coverage: Medicaid, AllKids, Blue Cross and Medicare. However, JCDH does not accept patients who are enrolled in other insurance programs including patients enrolled in an HMO or with TriCare, except for patients wishing to...

Morris Health Center

The Morris Health Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F (except on Holidays) and accept patients with the following health coverage: Medicaid, AllKids, Blue Cross and Medicare. However, JCDH does not accept patients who are enrolled in other insurance programs including patients enrolled in an HMO or with TriCare, except for patients wishing to...

Central Health Center

The Central Health Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F (except on Holidays) and accept patients with the following health coverage: Medicaid, AllKids, Blue Cross and Medicare. However, JCDH does not accept patients who are enrolled in other insurance programs including patients enrolled in an HMO or with TriCare, except for patients wishing to...

Bessemer Health Center

The Bessemer Health Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F (except on Holidays) and accept patients with the following health coverage: Medicaid, AllKids, Blue Cross and Medicare. However, JCDH does not accept patients who are enrolled in other insurance programs including patients enrolled in an HMO or with TriCare, except for patients wishing to...

Eastern Health Center

The Eastern Health Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F (except on Holidays) and accept patients with the following health coverage: Medicaid, AllKids, Blue Cross and Medicare. However, JCDH does not accept patients who are enrolled in other insurance programs including patients enrolled in an HMO or with TriCare, except for patients wishing to...

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 North Birmingham 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 North Birmingham Health Center serves patients Monday to Friday. Please contact the clinic for more information or...

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...

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...

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 of the North Birmingham Community Association

DETAILS WHERE: 3417 34th Terrace Collegeville, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: The food pantry is open the last Thursday and Friday of each month from 9:00 - 2:00 PM. TAGS: North Birmingham, Collegeville, Healthy Eating, Additional Resources

The food pantry at North Birmingham Community Association is open to residents with a valid photo ID, proof of residency and phone number. New clients are accepted in January and July but referrals may be taken in emergencies.

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 Leviticus Outreach Ministries

The Food Pantry at Leviticus Outreach Ministries is open the 1st and 15th of each month from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Residents from Wylam, Fairfield, Mulga, Ensley and Adamsville are eligible to apply for services.

Food Pantry at Green Valley Baptist Church

The Food Pantry at Green Valley Baptist Church is open the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Potential clients must have proof of income, a photo ID and proof of residency.

Triumph Youth and Adult Community Development

DETAILS WHERE: 4910 Huntsville Avenue Bessemer, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Food pantry is available Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 - 5:30 PM. TAGS: Healthy Eating, Additional Resources, More, Faith-based Programs

Triumph Youth and Adult Community Development Corporation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit faith based organization whose mission is to meet the needs within the community in an effort to help improve the quality of life for families. They offer a variety of services including a food bank and offer meals during the summer for school-aged children. Please contact...

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.

Food Pantry at Salvation Army Bessemer Corps

DETAILS WHERE: 525 13th Street Bessemer, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Food pantry is open Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 - 2?30 PM. TAGS: Healthy Eating, Additional Resources, More, Faith-based Programs

The Salvation Army Bessemer Corps has food pantry available to qualifying individuals. Please call before your first visit.

Champions for Health

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

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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Mary’s Food and Fashion

In interviewing Doris Smith, she gave a lot of informative information. She operates a Non - Profit Organization that is in need of funding. This organization has brought so much hope to the community. They have clothed the needy, gave funding to those that were in need. As well as been there for the elderly that could not help themselves. Mrs. Smith hopes...

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:...

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...

Birmingham Health Care Medical Plaza

Medical Services provided at Birmingham Health Care (BHC) include urgent and primary care. BHC provides comprehensive and preventive medical care. Please call 205-212-5600 to set up an appointment.

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.

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.

Southside Green Thumbs Community Garden

The Southside Green Thumbs aim to revitalize Birmingham through urban farming and community development. Green Thumbs is a budding gardening community located in the heart of Southside in Birmingham, Alabama. Call 1-334-301-4298 for  more information on spring planting schedules.

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.

KidsHealth Website

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

West End Health Center

The West End Health Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F (except on Holidays) and accept patients with the following health coverage: Medicaid, AllKids, Blue Cross and Medicare. However, JCDH does not accept patients who are enrolled in other insurance programs including patients enrolled in an HMO or with TriCare, except for patients wishing to...

Morris Health Center

The Morris Health Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F (except on Holidays) and accept patients with the following health coverage: Medicaid, AllKids, Blue Cross and Medicare. However, JCDH does not accept patients who are enrolled in other insurance programs including patients enrolled in an HMO or with TriCare, except for patients wishing to...

Central Health Center

The Central Health Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F (except on Holidays) and accept patients with the following health coverage: Medicaid, AllKids, Blue Cross and Medicare. However, JCDH does not accept patients who are enrolled in other insurance programs including patients enrolled in an HMO or with TriCare, except for patients wishing to...

Bessemer Health Center

The Bessemer Health Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F (except on Holidays) and accept patients with the following health coverage: Medicaid, AllKids, Blue Cross and Medicare. However, JCDH does not accept patients who are enrolled in other insurance programs including patients enrolled in an HMO or with TriCare, except for patients wishing to...

Eastern Health Center

The Eastern Health Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F (except on Holidays) and accept patients with the following health coverage: Medicaid, AllKids, Blue Cross and Medicare. However, JCDH does not accept patients who are enrolled in other insurance programs including patients enrolled in an HMO or with TriCare, except for patients wishing to...

BHC’s North Birmingham 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 North Birmingham Health Center serves patients Monday to Friday. Please contact the clinic for more information or...

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...

Food Pantry of the North Birmingham Community Association

DETAILS WHERE: 3417 34th Terrace Collegeville, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: The food pantry is open the last Thursday and Friday of each month from 9:00 - 2:00 PM. TAGS: North Birmingham, Collegeville, Healthy Eating, Additional Resources

The food pantry at North Birmingham Community Association is open to residents with a valid photo ID, proof of residency and phone number. New clients are accepted in January and July but referrals may be taken in emergencies.

Triumph Youth and Adult Community Development

DETAILS WHERE: 4910 Huntsville Avenue Bessemer, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Food pantry is available Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00 - 5:30 PM. TAGS: Healthy Eating, Additional Resources, More, Faith-based Programs

Triumph Youth and Adult Community Development Corporation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit faith based organization whose mission is to meet the needs within the community in an effort to help improve the quality of life for families. They offer a variety of services including a food bank and offer meals during the summer for school-aged children. Please contact...

Champions for Health

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

The Farmhouse: Food Integrated Training

  The Farmhouse is a food and lifestyle forum and local market featuring whole and natural foods. Jennifer Cole Conn, of Food Integrated Training, manages the Farmhouse. She is a Certified  Holistic Health Care Professional and Personal Trainer. Jennifer also holds a culinary degree and practices as a Natural Foods Chef and is a member of the...

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.

Ana Marie Food Pantry

DETAILS WHERE: 867 County Rd 59   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Mon 1-3p Wed 1-3 Thurs 9-2:30p TAGS: Healthy Eating, Additional Resources, More, Additional Resources, More, free

This is a food pantry open Mondays and Wednesday from 1:00pm-3:00pm and Thursdays from 9:00am-2:30m. Pantry is open to anyone needs food on weekly basis. Also, monetary assistance is available monthly for heat up to $100. These services are available only to residents of Pineapple, AL. Please call Ana Marie or Sister Pat with any additional questions...

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.

Food Pantry at Salvation Army Bessemer Corps

DETAILS WHERE: 525 13th Street Bessemer, AL   ( Map ) USER RATING: Not Rated WHEN: Food pantry is open Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 - 2?30 PM. TAGS: Healthy Eating, Additional Resources, More, Faith-based Programs

The Salvation Army Bessemer Corps has food pantry available to qualifying individuals. Please call before your first visit.

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.

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Mydiabetesconnect.com Easy Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies can make healthy snack or breakfast especially in the summer time. Shake things up and try these two delicious smoothie recipes!   Strawberry Smoothie:                                                                   Orange Smoothie: 1/2 cup plain or light strawberry yogurt                ...

An easy chili recipe for those chilly days!

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

Easy Chili Recipe 1pound canned chicken (cut up into cube or strips) 1 large onion diced 1/2 cup frozen corn (optional) 1 can of beans (kidney, pinto, or black beans) 1 bell pepper diced 2 cups cooked tomato or 2 can( each 8oz) 1 packet of McCormick Chili seasoning or (2 teaspoon chili powder and 1teaspoon salt) 1/2 garlic clove or 1/2 teaspoon...

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....

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 good ideas are...

Hearty Lean Chili Recipe

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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 turkey 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped bell peppers...

Healthy Fall Recipes

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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                                      ...

Shop smarter: Tips on buying healthier frozen foods

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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...

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MUbD2tjE9F4 The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong, lifestyle change intervention designed specifically for adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Participants meet together weekly as a small group to take small steps that lead to big changes! New Classes begin...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Recipes for Healthier Holidays

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Maintaining a healthy diet can be particularly challenging during the holidays. Portion control and a few modifications to classic holiday recipes can go a long way in keeping your sugar under control over the holidays. Here a few recipes you can try out in the coming holiday season: Country Style Green Beans 1. Place beans, turkey, onion, and...

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...

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...

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 vegetables. - Check out these other...

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.

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...

Kimberly’s Story: How her small steps changed her life

I said, Oh my goodness, that’s me! Kimberly Geisler vividly remembers staring at her picture in disbelief. There was no denying the truth.  Years of sitting on the couch were catching up with her.  Kimberly was tipping the scale at 225 pounds.  With a family history of diabetes and weight issues, she knew it was time to take action, but...

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...

Raw for 30 Days

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is an independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with diabetes switching their diet and getting off insulin. The film follows each participant's remarkable journey and captures the medical, physical, and emotional transformations brought on by this diet and lifestyle change. *Medical Disclaimer:...

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 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...

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.

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.

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...

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 Leviticus Outreach Ministries

The Food Pantry at Leviticus Outreach Ministries is open the 1st and 15th of each month from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Residents from Wylam, Fairfield, Mulga, Ensley and Adamsville are eligible to apply for services.

Food Pantry at Green Valley Baptist Church

The Food Pantry at Green Valley Baptist Church is open the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Potential clients must have proof of income, a photo ID and proof of residency.

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.

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...

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.  

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...

Kimberly’s Story: How her small steps changed her life

I said, Oh my goodness, that’s me! Kimberly Geisler vividly remembers staring at her picture in disbelief. There was no denying the truth.  Years of sitting on the couch were catching up with her.  Kimberly was tipping the scale at 225 pounds.  With a family history of diabetes and weight issues, she knew it was time to take action, but...

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...

The Farmhouse: Food Integrated Training

  The Farmhouse is a food and lifestyle forum and local market featuring whole and natural foods. Jennifer Cole Conn, of Food Integrated Training, manages the Farmhouse. She is a Certified  Holistic Health Care Professional and Personal Trainer. Jennifer also holds a culinary degree and practices as a Natural Foods Chef and is a member of the...