Build healthy eating habits in the New Year with advice from a registered dietician at Blue Cross

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Loading up on veggies and more from local businesses like Local Source Market & Grocery is never a bad idea. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It comes as no surprise that about 45% of Americans made improving their diet a New Year’s resolution in 2020. Forming healthy eating habits that last can be difficult with an oversaturation of information currently out there. So, we reached out to Colleen Lovett, a Clinical Health Coach at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, for advice we can trust.

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UAB joins local hospitals as awardees of Women’s Choice Award for “Best Hospital”

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UAB healthcare staff is working hard through the pandemic. Photo via UAB Medicine’s Facebook

Birmingham is known for its outstanding medical care. In the latest accolade for the city, the Women’s Choice Award deemed UAB “Best Hospital” for six different areas. UAB joins many Birmingham medical care facilities to receive awards from the national organization.

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Winter weather leads warming stations to open at Boutwell Auditorium Jan. 8-13

We haven’t seen the sun in a few days and can expect freezing temperatures to roll in this weekend. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

If you’ve been outside in the past 48 hours, you’ve noticed a sharp chill in the air. For our homeless community, this could be tragic. In response to forecasted freezing temperatures, the City of Birmingham is hosting a warming station at Boutwell Auditorium from Friday, Jan. 8 through Wednesday, Jan. 13. 

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How to get & give help in 2021 for Birmingham creatives, including grants

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Don’t forget to support our local art shops, museums and galleries. Photo via Forstall Art Center

The past year has been a devastating blow for many Birmingham creatives as theaters closed, shows were cancelled and art was put on hold. As we trudge into the next month of the pandemic, find out how you can keep your creativity afloat and how others can support you.

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Luxury Homewood hotel plans to open 3 new restaurants by end of January 2021

Who’s ready for more dining options in Homewood? Photo via Valley Hotel

We were excited to hear about Homewood’s 129-room addition last fall, but now the Valley Hotel is sharing highly-anticipated news for Bham foodies. Three new restaurants are set to open on-site of the luxury hotel by late January 2021. So much for those New Year’s resolutions—hand us a fork. 💁

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Events educate Birmingham during Human Trafficking Awareness Month —why you should be involved

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Did you know The Junior League of Birmingham Anti-Trafficking Committee is a leader in the state for fighting human trafficking? Here, the team— Pamela Rasberry (Trafficking Hope), Jamie Willett (JLB), Mayor Tony Picklesimer and Julia Meyers (JLB)— is meeting with Chelsea City Council to get more city officials involved in the fight. Photo via Junior League of Birmingham

If human trafficking isn’t something you know much about, it’s more important than ever you understand this prominent issue during Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) is a state leader in actively educating city officials and residents on how to prevent this crime. You can get involved too by attending several of JLB’s virtual events throughout the month of January.

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21 things we can’t wait to freakin’ do in 2021 in Birmingham

Move over 2020. A new year is coming through. Photo via @zacksyl on Instagram

Dear 2020, you’ve been interesting to say the least. You’re going to go down in history as one of the weirdest years our generation has experienced. It’s been nice knowing you, but we’re ready to move on and these are some of the things we’re looking forward to in the new year.

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9 active Birmingham winter activities to get you moving without risking your health

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COVID can’t stop winter fun completely—check out how to get moving even during these chilly months. Photo via Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers

Winter may bring cooler weather and shorter days, but don’t write off the season completely. Christina Marxen, a business analyst with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and a certified exercise instructor, gave us advice for safe Birmingham winter activities to keep us active over these next few months.

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ASFA grad lands role in hit Netflix series “Dash & Lily”

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Ianne Fields Stewart is an Alabama School of Fine Arts alum and has a long history of activism in Birmingham. See them on screen in the Netflix hit “Dash&Lily.” Photo submitted

Ianne Fields Stewart stars as Roberta in the Netflix hit, Dash & Lily. The show, which has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, takes its audience through a whimsical Christmas romance. See how the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) grad followed a path that led them to the role.

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James Spann, Sloss Furnaces among Alabama ornaments featured on national Christmas tree

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Vulcan, James Spann and other Birmingham landmarks are now on display on the national Christmas tree in Washington D.C. Photo via Shelby County Schools

Drop the papier-mâché—nothing I ever created in art class made it further than my mom’s dresser. The same isn’t true for these Shelby County High School art students. Their self-designed Alabama ornaments hang on the national Christmas tree in Washington D.C.

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“The Ronald McDonald House will always mean strength.” Read the Hubbards’ story

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The Ronald McDonald House is helping make life a little easier for families with sick children. Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

What does the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) mean to you? For the Hubbard family, RMHCA means support and a safe place to stay after a heart transplant surgery. Hear how the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham became a big blessing and the ways it’s impacting community members, including a local doctor.

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Local mental health nonprofit expands services to four new regions

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A Friend of Mind provides tools, such as yoga, for coping with stress and anxiety. Photo via A Friend of Mind

Birmingham-based nonprofit, A Friend of Mind is now extending its mental health services to four new regions—Black Belt, River, Atlanta and the Gulf of Mississippi. Through the expansion, the team aims to bring a safe mental health space to adolescents and their families from underserved communities. We spoke with founder Dr. Sherilyn Garner, MPH, to discover how her team is eliminating the mental health stigma.

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Discover 25 opens jobs and 300+ more to come from an exciting expansion

To top this Tuesday off, just know it’s also International Sloth Day. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

If there’s one thing sloths know about work ethic, it’s when to take a rest. Don’t forget to stretch your legs this Tuesday while you browse through the week’s updated business news, events and open jobs.

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Jimmie Hale Mission turns homelessness to hopefulness—hear Nigil’s story

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Nigil, a client at Jimmie Hale Mission. Photo via Bham Now

What does life look like with a chemistry degree, a closet full of clothes and no place to go? Nigil, a client at Jimmie Hale Mission‘s homeless shelter for men, shared his experience with living on the streets. He shows us that just because you have everything you need, it doesn’t mean you’re not missing what’s most important.

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Vegan junk food, new developments + more Birmingham business news

The weather is great and these business events are even better! Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Shark Tank seriously missed out on this one—Slutty Vegan, a junk food vegan-based restaurant, is an Atlanta success and now they’re looking for a home in Birmingham. We’ve got even meatier business news than that for your Tuesday roundup, in addition to open jobs looking a little lonely. See if your resume could keep them company.

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