Monday, July 29, 2013

Cities for Life Diabetes Education

Public Libraries In Jefferson County, in partnership with the Birmingham Public Library System, and UAB Lister Hill Library/Health InfoNet of Alabama have been named the recipients of a Cities for Life Collaboration Award. The Collaboration Awards are designed to help expand resources for people living with diabetes or at risk for the disease in Birmingham and Jefferson County. These entities will partner to provide materials on diabetes for the community and house informative displays in each library; host an estimated 35 programs at area libraries on diabetes education involving experts from local universities and health organizations; purchase approximately 100 additional diabetes education titles that will circulate between the 40 public libraries; distribute diabetes education materials via library staff to other community venues (e.g., senior centers).

Granted to 24 organizations in Birmingham, the Collaboration Awards are an initiative of Cities for Life, a diabetes management program led by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation with support from Sanofi US. The Collaboration Awards will provide enhanced programs and services for the city of Birmingham to help ensure that people living with diabetes or at risk for diabetes are aware of and have access to the programs they need to effectively manage their condition.

Jefferson County residents can find these enhanced programs and services by visiting the recently launched website,, a free searchable database that alerts people to the availability of local programs and services in Birmingham. Check with your local Jefferson County public library also.

To learn more about the Cities for Life program, visit and

This summer, the Emmet O'Neal Library is partnering with the UAB Nutrition Sciences
Department and the Cities for Life Initiative led by The American Academy of Family
Physicians to present programs and information to the community about diabetes, health, nutrition, and exercise. 
Our first event will be on Thursday evening, August 22nd at 6:30. Dr. Douglas Moellering, Assistant Professor in Nutrition Sciences at UAB, will discuss healthy eating for all ages and we will sample some late summer fruits and vegetables.  

Programming will continue on September 12th with a discussion of healthy physical activity, and on October 5th with a program on nurturing healthy families. The series will continue throughout the year, a full calendar for the fall will be available at the first program. 
For more information, contact us at 445-1121.

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