Barbara GowerBarbara Gower, Ph.D.Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for research in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Nutrition Sciences, recently reviewed a paper that provides 12 points of evidence to support low carbohydrate diets in the treatment of diabetes for the Egg Nutrition Center’s Nutrition Research Update.

In her analysis, titled Low Carbohydrate Diets for Treatment of Diabetes, Gower looks at an article titled “Dietary carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management. Critical review and evidence base” that is currently in press at the journal Nutrition. The article, which she co-authored, has 26 authors. One of her conclusions in the ENC newsletter is that their study “is notable because the twelve points are not particularly radical and, in some ways, are common sense.” In the newsletter article, Gower lists out the 12 points and dissects each.

In November, Gower is in Boston to present on two separate findings from research not related to the above article. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, she will present “Beneficial effects of high-amylose maize resistant starch (HAM-RS2) in insulin-resistant women.” And on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, she will present “A high-fat breakfast enhances 24-h fat oxidation in older adults.” Both of Gower’s presentations will occur at The Obesity Society’s 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting.

james rimmerWritten by Bob Shepard, UAB News

Two members of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative took part in the White House Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities, that was held Oct. 6-7, 2014, in Washington, D.C. 

The summit and research forum were presented by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences James Rimmer, Ph.D., and Amy Rauworth, director of policy and public affairs for Lakeshore Foundation, made presentations at the event.

The purpose of the summit was to share best practices for implementation of the I Can Do It, You Can Do It! program in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and community-based settings, and to encourage stakeholders to commit to disability inclusion in physical activity, nutrition and obesity programs.

Top of the World is Blazer Country! #UABSHPDean of SHP, Harold P. Jones, Ph.D.
#TopOfTheWorld is Blazer Country! #UABSHP
This is Blazer Country! #UABSHP

Say it loud, say it proud, say it on social media!

The UAB School of Health Professions has launched a homecoming social media campaign to show the world we have more spirit and more pride than any other School on campus.

Here are some people who have set the tone for this event:

Want to join them? It only takes four simple steps:
  1. Print out the Blazer Country sign.
  2. Write-in where Blazer Country is for you.
  3. Take a photo holding the Blazer Country sign.
  4. Post on your favorite social media site using #UABSHP
Happy posting!
Slovensky AHIMA 01Donna Slovensky, PH.D.
AHIMA Literacy Legacy Award
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) honored two University of Alabama at Birmingham alumnae at its annual AHIMA Triumph Awards ceremony. Donna J. Slovensky, Ph.D., RHIA, FAHIMA, received the Literacy Legacy Award and Joan C. Hicks, MSHI, RHIA, received the Innovation Award.

The AHIMA awards recognize excellence, dedication and service of health information management (HIM) professionals who have made significant contributions to the field.

LITERACY LEGACY AWARD: Slovensky, professor and associate dean, Academic and Student Affairs, UAB School of Health Professions, and administrative director, Healthcare Quality and Safety Graduate Certificate, has been selected as a Literacy Legacy Award winner for the numerous book chapters and journals she has authored and edited. Slovensky is currently engaged as a co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Healthcare Management Research. She has collaborated with several colleagues on projects during her 30-plus year career.

DSC 0028Steve Foster ('80) has more than 30 years of physical therapy experience.*This story originally appeared on the UAB National Alumni Society website

UAB alumni share success as TherapySouth and Godspeed collaborate on a unique business model.  Both Birmingham-area businesses benefit from the concept they are working together on.

It started as a vision. Steve Foster (PT, LAT ’80) wanted something where he could help younger physical therapists grow in a highly competitive industry.

“It’s hard to go out and open a single clinic and compete,” Foster said about the competition.

Foster knows what it takes to be successful in the industry. After graduating from UAB he worked for Physicians Physical Therapy before forming an out-patient private practice physical therapy company. He had that company for 13 years.

With the knowledge that he gathered, Foster worked on getting those younger physical therapists help they often needed.

“By giving therapists an opportunity like this, it can also increase their motivation to work harder because it’s something they can call their own,” Foster said.

NUW Family 02In response to the growing childhood obesity epidemic, Nestlé, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions and Woodlawn Foundation have come together to create the NUW Early Childhood Nutrition Program.

This public-private partnership, which is an evidence-based, unbranded educational program, will kick off in the Woodlawn community of Birmingham on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Social Venture, 5529 First Avenue South. The objective is to educate parents, caregivers and students about early childhood nutrition as a means of preventing childhood obesity.

Ben Burgess BMDBen Burgess, BMD junior, Top 5 Mr. UAB candidateBen Burgess, a junior in the new UAB Biomedical Sciences program, is a Top 5 finalist for Mr. UAB. The winner of this competition receives a $2,500 scholarship and will serve as representatives of UAB and the National Alumni Society. First alternates receive a scholarship of $1,000.

Burgess is a member of the UAB Band, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and Sci Tech Honors. He is also a UAB Resident Assistant and a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He has a GPA of 3.64 and is expected to graduate in May 2016.

Burgess will be allowed to campaign for Mr. UAB from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7.

EMSHA Class 1 graduationEMSHA Class 1 graduation, Dec. 2013The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s National Alumni Society has formally recognized the UAB Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Alumni Chapter. The first NAS chapter established in the Middle East includes 31 graduates of Saudi Arabia’s inaugural UAB Executive Master of Science in Health Administration. The chapter is open to any UAB graduate that lives in Saudi Arabia.

“I am proud to continue my connection to the UAB family as a member of the new UAB Alumni Chapter in Saudi Arabia,” said Raidah AlBaradie, MD, EMSHA, director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy program, King Fahd Specialist Hospital-Dammam. “I look forward to taking advantage of the opportunities for continued learning and extending the strong professional relationships that the EMSHA program helped me establish with my fellow graduates.”

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Homecoming week is here and we are kicking it off one day early! As usual, SHP is ready to show our Blazer spirit the week of October 5-11, 2014, and that begins with a special inaugural event:

Homecoming PosterSHP Jr. Advisory Board Dodgeball Tournament
Sunday, October 5th, 4:00 PM, UAB Campus Rec Center
The Jr. Board is hosting the 1st Annual Dodging for Degrees Dodgeball Tournament. Additional information can be found at

SHP Homecoming Official Kick-Off
Monday, October 6th, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, SHPB Lobby
Departments and programs will hang their banners for the building decoration competition.  This event will include a variety of desserts. All SHP faculty, staff, students, and alumni are encouraged to attend.

Building Decoration Competition
Tuesday, October 7th, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni  will gather on the lawn beside the building to show their Blazer spirit during the competition.  After the judges visit, we will enjoy a light lunch.  Don’t forget to wear green.  

20th Annual National Alumni Society Gurney Derby
Wednesday, October 8th, at 12:30 PM
Come out and cheer on the runners!  The racecourse will be on 13th Street between University Blvd and 10th Avenue.