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  • January 9th, 2023

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HEROES, RESEARCHER AND SINGER HIGHLIGHT REALIZING THE DREAM EVENTS — The 2023 Realizing the Dream theme and activities will honor several individuals dedicated to military service and service personnel and will feature a gospel singer. The 14th Legacy Awards Banquet will feature retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré as the speaker. Honoré received international recognition in 2005 when he led 22,000 troops in the post-Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. At the banquet, retired Lt. Col. George Hardy, one of the few living Tuskegee Airmen, will receive the Mountaintop Award. Tasha Cobbs Leonard will be the featured artist for the 2023 Realizing the Dream Concert. For more information, contact Diane Kennedy-Jackson, UA Division of Community Affairs, at dkkennedy1@ua.edu 

CURRENT COMMENT 

BE SMART WHEN ATTACKING NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS — “The new year often brings excitement for a fresh start and new opportunities for personal goals and self-improvement,” said Sheena Gregg, assistant director of the department of health promotion and wellness and a registered dietitian. “However, New Year’s resolutions can often serve as a point of discouragement when we don’t meet our expectations with our goals. SMART is an acronym often used in goal setting and refers to making sure your goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound instead of being too general and harder to gauge progress. For example, instead of saying, ‘I will exercise more,’ a SMART version of this goal is, ‘I plan to workout three times per week for 45 minutes prior to work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.’” To schedule an interview, contact Gregg at sqgregg@cchs.ua.edu 

EVENTS 

OLLI TO HOLD OPEN HOUSES The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Alabama is hosting three open houses across central Alabama in January. The open houses will allow older adults to learn about the more than 100 in-person and online courses, field trips, social events and programs OLLI provides its members each semester. The Greater Birmingham chapter will host its open house Monday, Jan. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover, and the Tuscaloosa chapter will host its open house Thursday, Jan. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center. Registration for OLLI Spring 2023 courses is open. For more information, visit olli.ua.edu or call 205-348-6482. 

UMC-NORTHPORT TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE — University Medical Center will hold an open house at its new location at 6205 Jemison Lane in Northport from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 19. The 15,000 square-foot clinic has 28 exam rooms. In addition to family medicine, obstetrics and pediatric care, the new clinic also offers services in internal medicine, prenatal care, women’s health, geriatrics, neurology, behavioral health and sports medicine. Social work and nutrition services are also offered, and lab and X-ray services are available on site. UMC-Northport is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For more information, contact Leslie Zganjar, College of Community Health Sciences, at lzganjar@ua.edu. 

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