Beth Kitchin PhD RDN blogs on health and nutrition. Her blogs are fact-based and offer a common sense approach to a healthier life. She's a food lover so don't expect her to tell you what not to eat! Beth is a an Assistant Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Nutrition Sciences Department and the patient educator at UAB's Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Clinic. She also appears weekly as a guest contributor on WBRC's morning show "Good Day Alabama".
Ben Vereen worked magic in the Magic
City Thursday night. Mr. Vereen, as you probably know, is an awarding winning actor, dancer, singer of stage and screen. He also has diabetes. He was here Thursday to speak at the
kickoff event for Cities for Life - a grassroots diabetes
awareness and management program designed to fight diabetes in our community.
In a country where diabetes is running rampant, Alabama has one of the highest
rates.That’s one of the reasons Birmingham was chosen out of more than 50
cities by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation for this pilot
program.But the other reason Birmingham
was chosen is that our city has tremendous resources. Not only are we home to
the University of Alabama at Birmingham – one of the best medical research and teaching
universities in the country – we are also a community with tremendous unity
and commitment among our citizens. They
don’t call us “the Magic City” for nothing!
At the kickoff Thursday night,
there were doctors, researchers, community organizers and activists, directors
of non-profits, and many, many others all with one thing in common: we care
about our community.And when Ben Vereen
spoke, he ignited the room with his passion for fighting diabetes. He ended his
call to action with a beautiful rendition of The Impossible Dream that brought us to our feet.
So as Mr. Vereen sang in Pippin:
“Join us, leave your fields to flower, join us, leave your cheese to sour . . .
We’ve got magic to do, just for you. We’ve got miracle plays to play”.