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    Posted August 7, 2014 by
    MAMilford14
    Location
    Birmingham, Alabama
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Convince us your city is healthy!

    Birmingham: Active, Accessible, Beautiful

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     MAMilford14 works for Lakeshore Foundation, an athletic facility specifically for people with disabilities or chronic health conditions. "Lakeshore gives a father who uses a power wheelchair the ability to take his son hunting; a teenager who has spina bifida can play on a competitive sports team; and a stroke survivor can join a cycling club," she says.
    - JacqueCNN, CNN iReport producer

    Before I moved to Birmingham, AL, I envisioned the Magic City meeting the criteria of a typical Southern community - warm weather, flat landscape, and hospitable people. When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised. Birmingham's diverse landscape and community programs make it a great place to live an active and healthy lifestyle - especially if you have a disability. After work my husband and I can go for a quick run or bike on the Lakeshore Greenway in the heart of Homewood. On the weekends during the summer we go to Adaptive Aquatics on Lay Lake for some sit and stand-up water skiing. During the fall we love to hike the trails at Oak Mountain and Red Mountain parks and enjoy the colors of autumn. When we are feeling more adventurous, we tackle the boulder fields at Moss Rock Preserve. Some might think it is difficult for my husband and me to live an active lifestyle because I have a disability and use a wheelchair. Thanks to Birmingham, its beauty and accessibility, we rarely feel limited and are always up for an adventure.

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