Have you thanked a rehabilitation professional today? It’s National Rehabilitation Awareness Week!

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Patient Dexter Newton and charge nurse Rahab Kimura at Encompass Health Lakeshore. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Is there a physical, occupational or speech therapist in your life? This is the week to celebrate them–September 15-21, 2019 is National Rehabilitation Awareness Week. We spoke with rehabilitation professionals at Encompass Health’s Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital in Birmingham to commemorate the occasion! 

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Meet Battle Republic’s Golden Gloves winners and learn how you can join them

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Battle Republic Golden Gloves winners Anna Croft, Meghan McCay, Heather Joe and Stephen Craft. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

We all have battles to fight each day, whether it’s a stressful event or challenge we’re facing. Members of Battle Republic in Birmingham are taking their battles to the punching bag, and it’s helping them in more ways than one. We spoke with the gym’s dedicated Golden Gloves winners to learn more about the Go for the Gold program, how they got their gloves and why they keep coming back. 

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Medical research in Birmingham improving lives of people with cystic fibrosis

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Tré, a 24-year-old with CF, wearing his vest for chest physical therapy. Photo via the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Birmingham is a leader in cystic fibrosis (CF) research. Thanks to the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, UAB and Southern Research Institute, those with CF are receiving better treatments and living longer than ever. Learn more about CF and how you can get involved, including the Shoot for a Cure event on October 11.

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Students at Glen Iris Elementary kick off The World Games 2021 education program

Mayor Randall Woodfin joins Glen Iris Elementary students in stretching during the Live Healthy, Play Global program kick off. Photo via The World Games 2021

Today marked the kick off of The World Games 2021 and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s education program, Live Healthy, Play Global. Students at Glen Iris Elementary School in Birmingham joined in on the fun this morning alongside Mayor Randall Woodfin. Learn more about the event and the program below!

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Birmingham print shop Yellowhammer Creative expanding with new location in Pepper Place

Brandon Watkins and Brett Forsyth, co-owners of Yellowhammer Creative. Photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

Popular Birmingham design and print studio, Yellowhammer Creative, is expanding to a new location in Pepper Place. Get the details below!

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New bridal store and more coming to the Iron Age Building, former home of Parisian

Iron Age building on 20th St. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now 

The Iron Age building on 20th Street in downtown Birmingham is getting new life with the addition of Refined Bridal Boutique and office space. Learn more about the building and its budding future!

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Encompass Health raises over $464K for United Way of Central Alabama during Pacesetter Campaign. Here’s how

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Encompass Health’s United Way Victory Party at Regions Field. Photo via Encompass Health

United Way kicked off their Pacesetter Campaign back in June, and 71 Birmingham companies stepped up. One of these companies, Encompass Health, raised almost half a million dollars for United Way’s programs! We spoke with Encompass Health about their campaign and why they choose to get involved with United Way year after year. 

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A guide to 6 September runs in Birmingham, including the Darter Dash

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Photo via Turkey Creek Nature Preserve on Facebook

September is a hot month–pun definitely intended–for races in Birmingham. Whether you’re looking for a 5k, 10k, fun run or walk, there are several options for you. Who wants to get outside and support some great causes? Here’s a list of six runs coming up this month. 

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Green Acres Middle School in Birmingham utilizing $10,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama for 6th grade health programs

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Green Acres Middle School sixth-graders. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Green Acres Middle School in Birmingham is getting healthier after receiving a Be Healthy School grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Green Acres is one of 33 schools across the state to receive a grant this year, and to say they’re excited is an understatement. Learn more about the grant and how they will use it.

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What’s behind the new charter school, I3 Academy, coming to Woodlawn in 2020?

I3 Academy groundbreaking. Photo via Rives Construction

When I saw the announcement of a new charter school, I3 Academy, breaking ground in Woodlawn on August 20, I immediately had a host of questions. I’m a Birmingham resident and mom of a young toddler, so schools are on my mind. What is a charter school? What is I3 Academy?  Which students can enter? How much does it cost? Here are the answers.

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Curing Childhood Cancer car tags supporting patients, research at Children’s of Alabama

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Curing Childhood Cancer tag. Photo via Children’s of Alabama

You’ve probably noticed the bright yellow Curing Childhood Cancer tags as you drive around Birmingham, but do you know the story behind the tag? It’s been around for fourteen years, and it’s directly benefiting cancer patients at Children’s of Alabama. Learn more about one patient’s journey and how you can show your support by purchasing the tag!

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Trade in your used car seat September 3-13 at Birmingham Target stores

Baby boy in his new car seat. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now

When you have a baby, it seems like you blink and they’ve outgrown their first car seat–and car seats aren’t cheap. The good news is you can trade in your used car seat at any Birmingham Target store for 20 percent off a new one September 3-13, 2019! Get the details below.

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What to expect at this year’s Taste of Five Points event Sept. 8 in Brother Bryan Park

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Five Points South. Photo via Five Points Alliance

It’s that time of year, Birmingham–the time to celebrate one of our favorite neighborhoods, Five Points South! The Taste of Five Points event is happening Sunday, September 8 from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the heart of Five Points at 2100 Magnolia Ave. S. With food, drink, music and more, the event draws hundreds of people each year–see what all the hype is about and get your tickets here.

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Primary care in rural Alabama gets a boost with 11 UAB medical student scholarships awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama scholarship recipients. Back row from the left: Griffin Russell, Joseph Shaw, Phillip Ingram, Wesley Minor. Front row from the left: Benjamin Chappell, Madilyn Tomaso, Jennifer Lamar, Sarah Summerlin and Dusty Trotman. Not pictured: Carson Klein and Jayla Robinson. Photo via Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

The load of medical school costs just got lighter for 11 UAB students, thanks to a scholarship from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. The goal of the scholarship is to address the lack of primary care in rural Alabama–learn more about it and the recipients below. 

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A guide to smocking in Birmingham

All smiles in a smocked bubble. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now

Smocked baby clothes are quite the tradition in the south, and Birmingham is no exception. Who else loves seeing babies in these adorable outfits? If you’ve ever thought about making a smocked outfit for your little one, there are several spots in Birmingham where you can learn the skills and get supplies. Check out the list below.

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