Health Resources

Every person’s path to physical activity and a healthy lifestyle is different. You may find Lakeshore through the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative, or through competitive athletics. You may never be able to visit Lakeshore’s campus and utilize the facility, but that does not mean you cannot be active and healthy. For more than 40 years, w have grown far beyond our walls of classes, programs and activity and we want our culture of possibility to stretch worldwide.

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, which is housed at Lakeshore, is a great resource for people who may not live in the Birmingham, Alabama area. NCHPAD works to improve the health and wellness of people with disability by supporting accessible and inclusive public health promotion programs. They also provide individualized information through web-based materials and health communication. Check out all of their resources on (opens in a new tab).

Lakeshore Life (opens in a new tab) is a health promotion program designed to reach all Lakeshore members and staff from the youngest to the oldest member. This program not only focuses on the physical activity aspect of a healthy lifestyle, but the nutritional component as well. Check out our 2019 Lakeshore Life initiative, Mindful of You, below.

All of Us is a new research program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal is to advance precision medicine. Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual. It takes into account factors like where you live, what you do, and your family health history. Precision medicine’s goal is to be able to tell people the best ways to stay healthy. If someone does get sick, precision medicine may help health care teams find the treatment that will work best. To get there, they need one million or more people. Those who join will share information about their health over time. Researchers will study this data. What they learn could improve health for generations to come. Participants are our partners. We’ll share information back with them over time. Just click the All of Us logo or visit to learn more and sign up.

We want 2019 to be a year dedicated to you. Join us this year as Lakeshore Life presents monthly articles, presentations and activities geared towards supporting your healthy lifestyle.

April’s Mindful of You is all about knowing four key numbers – cholesterol, blood glucose (blood sugar), body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure – and how those numbers impact your everyday health.

  • Read this
  • Attend this
  • Try this

Check out these great articles from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)National Institutes of Health (NIH) and more. (opens in a new tab) – How and When to Have Your Cholesterol Checked

www.newsinhealth.nih.govcontrol-your-cholesterol (opens in a new tab) – Control Your Cholesterol (open in a new tab) – Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose) (opens in a new tab) – Hyperglycemia (High Blood Glucose) (opens in a new tab) – Don’t Just Sit There! Move for Your Health (opens in a new tab) – Calculate Your Body Mass Index (opens in a new tab) – Body Mass Index Table

Classification of Blood Pressure

These classifications are based on an average of two or more in-office blood pressure readings.

  • Normal: < 120 mm Hg Systolic BP (SBP) and < 80 mm Hg Diastolic BP DBP
  • Elevated: 120-129 mm Hg SBP and < 80 mm Hg DBP
  • Stage 1 Hypertension: 130-139 mm Hg SBP or 80-89 mm Hg DBP
  • Stage 2 Hypertension: ? 140 mm Hg SBP or ? 90 mm Hg DBP

Attend our Lakeshore Life Health and Fitness Assessment

On Wednesday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lakeshore Life will host a health and fitness assessment in the Fieldhouse. This assessment is a great tool to determine your current fitness level. In addition, the assessment can help identify and address your functional goals. No appointment is necessary. The full assessment will take approximately one hour and be adapted for adults with all types of physical disabilities or chronic health conditions.

Health assessment consists of:

  • Resting heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Height, weight, hip and waist measurements
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Muscular strength
  • Cardiovascular endurance

Overview of Assessment Results

Join us at one of the sessions to learn more about ways to improve your current fitness level. Learn ways to increase your cardiovascular strength, flexibility and balance by using the Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type (F.I.T.T.) Principle. You do not have to complete the health assessment to attend the overview. If you completed a health assessment, the individualized results will be given out and explained.

Monday, April 15, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, April 16, 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday, April 17, 12 to 12:45 p.m.
Location: Wet Classroom

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