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Important Mental Health Resource for Alabama Parents: PIRC

October 26, 2021

Healthy Living Navigating the mental health care system can be challenging for patients, families and providers. Add to that, a COVID-19 pandemic that upended nearly all aspects of ‘normal’ life almost overnight. However, the team of clinicians who make up the Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC) at Children’s of Alabama continued to connect adult callers …

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The Importance of Talking with Your Child About Fire Safety

September 23, 2021

Healthy Living October is Fire Safety Month and Children’s of Alabama and Safe Kids Worldwide are reminding families about fire safety and burn prevention. Among all preventable injuries, fire and burns are the fifth leading cause of death for children ages 19 and under. Every day, at least one child dies from a home fire. …

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The Dangers of Vaping- Particularly for Teens

August 26, 2021

Healthy Living Brought to you by: Community Partner Compact, What is vaping? Also referred to as e-cigs, e-hookahs, ends, or juulings, vapes or e-cigarettes are devices that operate by heating a liquid solution to a high enough temperature so that it produces an aerosol that is inhaled. When e-cigarettes first began entering the market …

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Vestavia Teen Lives Active Life Despite Severe Blood Disorder

August 26, 2021

Healthy Living 19-year-old Arielle McFarland enjoys painting, attends Lawson State Community College and is a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. She lives a very active life despite having a severe blood disorder called sickle cell anemia hemoglobin SS. Sickle cell anemia is an inherited gene from both parents. Sickle cells are abnormally-shaped red blood cells that …

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Helping Grandkids Head Back to School

August 26, 2021

Senior  Scene As a child I loved the start of a new school year. Fresh notebooks, clean paper, the skill of sharpening your pencil to a perfect point!  However, what may be exciting for some children may be upsetting to others facing new teachers, classmates, bus drivers, and schedules. One thing of which we can …

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Dangers of Underage Drinking

July 26, 2021

Healthy Living  Brought to you by: Community Partner Compact,  How big of a risk is alcohol use among teens? To illustrate the extent of alcohol misuse and abuse among teens and young adults in the United States, consider this: Alcohol is the most widely used substance by teens and young adults. 14 years old …

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Honoring Old Glory

June 29, 2021

Youth News Fifty frayed and faded U.S. flags were recently properly retired thanks to the patriotism and partnership of two groups at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church (OLS) in Homewood. Boy Scouts of America Troop 237 with the help of  Knights of Columbus conducted a retirement ceremony for the worn flags. Following the Pledge …

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Dad & the Outdoors

May 25, 2021

The Great Outdoors Looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift? The staff at Mark’s Outdoors is ready to assist you in finding a gift Dad will love and use. Besides being a one stop shop for hunting and fishing needs, Mark’s also carries a wide variety of lifestyle products for the husband or father in …

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Wise Advisors: Empowering Kids One Child at a Time

March 26, 2021

Mission Makers When a young person is mentored, the positive impact is substantial, and Vineyard Family Services(VFS) ministry is doing all it can to make sure our area youth have this life changing advantage. Thanks to a federal grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice for Detention Prevention, VFS is implementing Wise Advisors, a mentor/mentee …

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Volunteer to E-Mentor & Give Area Children the Boost They Need

March 16, 2021

Special Feature Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham(BBBS) is now offering virtual mentoring through its new e-mentoring program. The program launched last March during the pandemic and gave BBBS a way to continue its mission of creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. The initiatives of BBBS bolster …

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