Want $10,000 for your school’s health & wellness programs? Apply now.

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Cahaba Elementary celebrates their Be Healthy School Grant award.
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Have you heard about the Be Healthy School Grant Program? It’s an opportunity for Alabama schools to win a $10K health and wellness grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. It’s super easy to apply, but you’ll need to send in that application by March 27.

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Help raise $1m to build the Way Station, Birmingham’s only shelter for homeless youth

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An artist’s sketch of the entrance to the Way Station, courtesy of AIDS Alabama.

Did you know that Alabama has the fourth-highest rate of “unaccompanied, homeless youth without shelter” in the country? To help solve this problem, AIDS Alabama has already raised over $600k out of a total $1.5 million needed. They’re getting ready to build the Way Station, Birmingham’s only emergency overnight shelter for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth.

Keep reading to find out why the Way Station is a game-changer. Help AIDS Alabama reach their goal—donate here, and be sure to designate the Way Station.

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Your guide to Fearless Fest, a wellness festival in Birmingham Feb. 29-March 1

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Annie Damsky and Emilie Maynor of The Fearless Om. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The wellness community in Birmingham is thriving, and now’s the perfect time to get plugged in. Don’t miss Fearless Fest, a wellness festival in Birmingham, happening Feb. 29-March 1.

Keep reading for a guide to the weekend—including ticket info and deets on 18+ classes and 12+ local vendors attending!

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Insider tips for getting your kids to eat healthier from a Birmingham nutritionist

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These adorable kiddos belong to one of our Bham Nowers, and they love their veggies. Photo via Bham Now

We know Birmingham is known for good food. But what about healthy food? You CAN eat healthy in Birmingham with a little help and planning. We asked Virginia Anderson, clinical nutritionist at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham, about how to make eating healthy fun and affordable for your whole family.

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What to do with $1.05m? Thanks to BCRFA, UAB’s O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center gets to decide.

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(l-r) Beth Bradner Davis, Executive Director of the BCRFA; Jill Carter, President of the BCRFA Board of Directors; and Barry Sleckman, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. Yes, that check says $1,050,000. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Last week as the rest of Birmingham was getting ready for Saturday’s stormy weather, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) donated a total of $1,050,000 to the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB and researchers at CerFlux, the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and Southern Research Institute.

Keep reading to find out more about BCRFA and their incredible work to advance breast cancer research in Alabama.

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Hike 26.3 miles + grant wishes. Be a Trailblazer with Make-A-Wish Alabama!

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26.3 miles in one day—that’s more than a marathon! Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama

Calling all adventurers! This spring, you can join a team of Alabamians on a 26.3-mile hike in support of children with critical illnesses waiting on a wish in Alabama. Find out how.

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5 places to get a massage in Birmingham, including Evolve Massage & Alternative Healing

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Serenity. Photo via Birmingham Wellness, Facebook

Did the new year blow in more stressful than anticipated? Make 2020 the year you unwind and relax with a massage. From deep tissue and Swedish massages to hot stone and more, here are a few places around Birmingham that will take your vibe from shrill to chill.

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5 ways to volunteer with adults who have special needs in Birmingham

Volunteering is all kinds of FUN! Photo via the Exceptional Foundation

If your resolutions involve making improvements to your health, doing good in your community or helping others, volunteering in Birmingham is a perfect place to start.

It’s been proven: volunteering can improve your physical health as much as your mental health. Check out these five places you can volunteer with adults with special needs right here in Birmingham.

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A Birmingham Dietician’s top 10 tips for a healthy new year

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Make your healthy life a whole lot easier by using Till, Birmingham’s only online farmer’s market. You can get fresh, local produce delivered to your doorstep in a snap.

After spending the last two months indulging in the allllll the holiday treats that Birmingham has to offer, we’re feeling like it’s time for a reset. The best advice comes from medical professionals, of course, so we asked an expert.

A local Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) gave us her best advice for starting 2020 out on a healthy foot. Find her tips right here, as well as how to make them work in Birmingham.

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Jump start your New Year’s resolutions with 5 fresh + healthy eats in Birmingham

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Need every meal to look like a rainbow. Photo via @kalemecrazyhomewood on Instagram

Aiming to eat a little healthier in 2020? We are too, but we know it can be hard to fit shopping and meal prep into a busy Birmingham schedule.

Here are 5 of our favorite restaurants serving up healthy eats in Birmingham. Plus, how to get them delivered right to your door with FREE delivery using code “BHAMNOW” on Waitr.

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Grab a last minute gift at these 11 Birmingham women-owned shops

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Photo of the storefront of Stone Hollow Farmstead at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama
FarmStand by Stone Hollow Farmstead at Pepper Place. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

If you’re like me and procrastinate on gift shopping until the last second, here’s your holiday shopping miracle. You can finish up your holiday shopping AND support local, women-owned businesses in Birmingham at the same time. Find the perfect gift for anyone on your list at these 11 Birmingham shops!

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Grace and Tamika share 5 tips to stay active in Birmingham during the holidays

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Grace Smitherman and Tamika Harris aren’t afraid to lift some weights. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now

When I think about the holidays, the words “healthy” and “fit” don’t exactly come to mind. Birmingham is a social city and a foodie town. Staying on track with your health might require a little extra nudge this time of year. For inspiration, I reached out to two associates at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama—below are some insider tips they recommend.

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Homewood year in review—7 new businesses that launched in 2019

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Lauren Scott showing off her Golden Gloves at Homewood’s most unique 2019 addition. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

2019 was a big year for Homewood business. The area has been booming in recent years, and it continues to attract new concepts and big names alike. Check out some of the most exciting recent additions—and make your holiday shopping list while you’re at it!

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