An innovative University of Alabama at Birmingham-sponsored health education and wellness facility opening March 15, 2011, has one goal in mind — to improve the health of the people who live and work in the city.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 80 percent of heart disease, strokes and Type 2 diabetes and 40 percent of cancers in the United States could be prevented if Americans would stop smoking, eat healthy foods and exercise. Nowhere is this more true than in Alabama, where 31.6 percent of residents are considered obese and 22.1 percent of adults smoke.
UAB HealthSmart , located in the Watts Tower on the corner of 20th Street and Third Avenue North in downtown Birmingham, will offer free, tangible ways for Birmingham residents, employees and visitors to improve their health.
An initiative of the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center and UAB Division of Preventive Medicine , the new storefront offers personalized disease-prevention programs, wellness evaluations and health-education resources providing tips for a healthy lifestyle. Services, funded by grants, corporate partnerships and philanthropic gifts, are free to participants.
“We are excited to bring the MHRC’s successful wellness programs into the heart of the city center, giving everyone who works, lives or visits downtown easy access to free preventive care,” says Mona Fouad, M.D., professor and director of the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine and director of the UA
301 Twentieth Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203
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