Cities for Life Programs

Cities for Life

Currently, it is projected that one in three Alabamians born after 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Cities for Life, a diabetes management program in Birmingham, Alabama led by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation with support from Sanofi US, strives to help change these numbers. Birmingham was selected for Cities for Life out of more than 50 cities, not only because Alabama has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the country, but also for its visible commitment to improving the lives of its citizens.

Homewood has two more months of programming focusing on healthy, balanced living which is the best preventative to getting diabetes and the best tool to manage diatebetes if you already have it. 


Food Integrated Training With Jennifer Cole Conn, Thursday, August 1, 6pm in the Round Auditorium: Join us as we welcome Jennifer Cole Conn, of Food Integrated Training, manages the Farmhouse a local food and lifestyle forum and market featuring whole and natural foods. She is a Certified  Holistic Health Care Professional and Personal Trainer. Jennifer will teach us how to design a program to make long lasting changes as it relates to food and lifestyle. Learn how easy it is to prepare foods at home so that you can control the amount of sodium, sugar, fats in your diet and take back control of your life.

The 5 Essentials of Health with Dr. Krystal: Nutrition, Friday, August 2, at 11am in the Large Auditorium: Having a sound mind/spirit, healthy nervous system, lean and oxygenated muscles, quality nutrition and minimized toxins involves an emphasis on fitness and nutrition. Join us for the first in our series focusing on nutrition with Dr. Krystal Drwencke, a chiropractor from Homewood Friends & Family Chiropractic, shares tips for a healthier lifestyle for a more enjoyable life.

The 5 Essentials of Health with Dr. Krystal: Regulating Your Blood Sugar, Friday, August 9, at 11am in the Large Auditorium:  Join us as Dr. Krystal Drwencke teaches us how to regulate your current blood sugar so that you can stop the direction of your health towards disease and bring yourself back to health.


The 5 Essentials of Health with Dr. Krystal: Fitness & Exercise, Friday, September 6, at 11am in the Large Auditorium:  Join us as Dr. Krystal Drwencke teaches us the benefits of exercise and how to implement new fitness into your life at any age or state of health. You do not have to spend hours in the gym to achieve great fitness, boost heart health and look/feel good.

Diabetes Survival Skills with Whitney Guin of The Diabetes Store, Thursday, September 12, at 6:30pm in the Large Auditorium:  The Diabetes Store is a Durable Medical Equipment Company and a Pharmacy, meaning that they can provide patients with their diabetic testing supplies, pump supplies and diabetic medications at greatly discounted cost.   They offer free diabetes education classes taught by a Certified Diabetes Educator  4 or 5 classes a month, educating  patients on the meaning, causes, symptoms and complications of Diabetes, and Carbohydrate Counting and Meal Planning.  Whitney will be provide information on diabetes management  and survival skills for the patient as well as family members.

The 5 Essentials of Health with Dr. Krystal: Toxicity, Friday, September 13, at 11am in the Large Auditorium:  Join us as Dr. Krystal Drwencke explores toxicity: how it can be present in our everyday life (from our water to the utensils we cook with), how to recognize it and how these toxins affect our health long term.

Healthy Eating Around the World With Chef “E” – French Cuisine, Monday, September 16, at 6pm in the Large Auditorium: During the third in the series featuring foods from around the world, Chef "E" will teach participants basic fun steps in making and preparing delicious French food. This program elaborates on the slow food movement's philosophy of homegrown ingredients, and family participation in meal preparation. Reservations required. Contact Leslie west, 205-332-6620 or

The 5 Essentials of Health with Dr. Krystal: Time & Stress Management, Friday, September 27, at 11am in the Large Auditorium: The fifth essential involves areas such as managing your time, improving and maintaining peaceful relationships with others and getting adequate amounts of rest. Health comes from within, so by addressing these areas you will improve negative attitudes and cultivate a sense of overall peace and well-being.Join us as Dr. Krystal Drwencke teaches us some things we can do to better manage our time and stress levels.

~ Leslie West

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