This robotics program uses innovative tech to help children with physical impairments—see positive results

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The Robotics and Mobility Program at Children’s of Alabama uses a variety of technology to rehabilitate children and teens with physical impairments. Photo via Children’s of Alabama

The Robotics and Mobility Program (RAMP) at Children’s of Alabama is opening the door to more opportunities for rehabilitation with physical therapy and occupational therapy. Learn from several team members at Children’s about the innovative technology and how it’s helping children and teens with physical impairments grow stronger and lead more independent lives.

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5 of the best ways to protect your joints—a local orthopedic expert weighs in

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However you choose to take care of your body, it’s important to be mindful of the long-term impact on your joints. Photo via Railroad Park’s Facebook

Now that spring is here, it only makes sense to get out and move. No matter your favorite form of movement, it’s important to protect your joints at any age. We reached out to Dr. Thomas E. Powell, affiliated with Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, for his top tips on staying healthy this spring and beyond. Here’s what he said.

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Hailey challenged herself for better results + Orangetheory didn’t disappoint

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Hailey Lann completed Orangetheory’s Transformation Challenge for the second year in a row and she crushed it! Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

A couple of months ago, Birmingham resident Hailey Lann decided to put her competitive nature to the test during Orangetheory’s 2021 Transformation Challenge. Now a veteran of two Transformation Challenges, we checked-in to learn about Hailey’s triumphs (notice how we didn’t add defeats!).

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Birmingham’s new dating app will set you up with your next first date

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Find your next date with Set Me Up. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Finding your next date is hard enough, and current dating apps with their constant stream of pointless conversations don’t make it any easier. Now, the Birmingham-based app Set Me Up is changing the dating game and making first dates fun.

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5 Birmingham yoga classes you can take now, including outdoor options

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Time for a deep breath of relaxation. Photo via Villager Yoga’s Facebook

The weather is finally warming up in Birmingham, and we’re all breathing a sigh of relief. If you’re looking for new ways to get active and take care of yourself in 2021, try one of these Birmingham yoga classes. There are options for everyone from newbies to seasoned yogis, including free rooftop yoga classes.

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7 ways to enjoy Virtual Vacation Day in Birmingham

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Learn more about the history and culture of Birmingham with these virtual vacation ideas. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum’s Facebook

A year into the pandemic, and I think we’re all looking forward to taking an in-person vacation. While the vaccine efforts are ramping up, it’s still safest to keep your vacay virtual. Keep reading to see seven ways to enjoy a Birmingham virtual vacation.

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Sprint to these 7 local stores for your next pair of running shoes

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Check out some of the great Birmingham stores selling your next pair of running shoes. Photo via The Trak Shak’s Facebook

Trainers, tennis (or “tenny”) shoes, dogs, or whatever else you call running shoes, are in hot demand right now. Not only are they an essential part of a good exercise routine, but running shoes have also become a hot fashion statement. Keep reading to see where you can get your next pair.

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Behind the scenes of the Children’s of Alabama art collection

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A hospital curated like an art gallery. Photo via Children’s of Alabama

Hospitals are a scary place for everyone—especially children. The art at The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children serves a special purpose to help patients and their families feel more at ease. Keep reading to learn more about the hospital’s artwork and just a few of the touching stories behind it.

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Little lending libraries are popping up around Hoover—here’s why

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A Little Free Library in Birmingham. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

The City of Hoover will soon see more little lending libraries popping up around town. As part of a new program from the Hoover Public Library, new little lending libraries will appear in 15 of the city’s apartment complexes.

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An expert from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama debunks 7 COVID-19 vaccine myths

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Everyone who qualifies should receive the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and others in the community. Photo via Unsplash  

As Alabama continues to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine, we connected with Dr. Darrel Weaver with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama to learn more about vaccine safety. He addresses seven COVID-19 vaccine myths and explains why everyone should receive the vaccine when given the opportunity.  

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Helena explodes with new business—including StoneCreek Dental Care’s expansion

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StoneCreek Dental Care expanded to Helena and is enjoying watching the area take off. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

If you haven’t been out to Helena lately, it’s time to take a trip. As more and more people move to the area, businesses continue expanding. We caught up with one, the team at StoneCreek Dental Care Helena, to learn how they’re bringing benefits to the booming area.

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Bessemer Train Depot to get major redevelopment. Here’s how

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The Bessemer Train Depot in downtown Bessemer. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Bessemer area has exploded with new jobs and opportunities in the past couple years. One part that is now catching up with the times is the Bessemer Train Depot, now that it has been purchased by Brian Giattina, Blox CFO and founder of Bessemer Redevelopment Corps. Keep reading to see the past, present and future of this Bessemer icon.

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9 Birmingham races you need to run this spring

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Who else is excited for spring runs and races? Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

As spring comes full-fledged to Birmingham, we’re all wanting to get outside more. Check out these nine upcoming Birmingham races that are the perfect way to enjoy this wonderful weather, whether you’re a casual 5k-er to the next Shalane Flanagan or Steve Prefontaine.

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