Good Day Alabama for September 24, 2012 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for September 24, 2012

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for September 24, 2012:

BBB - Grandparent scams are on the rise - do you know the red flags?  The Better Business Bureau warns well-meaning seniors about "emergency" scams designed to fool them into thinking that their grandchild is hurt, arrested or stranded, and in need of money. According to recent FBI reports, the "Grandparent Scam" has been around since 2008, but there has been a surge recently. Retirees are an attractive target for financial scammers. As noted by Western Union, emergency scams play off of peoples' emotions and strong desire to help others in need. Scammers impersonate their victims and make up an urgent situation - "I've been arrested," "I've been mugged," "I'm in the hospital" - and target friends and family with urgent pleas for help, and money. To avoid the Grandparent Scam, be prepared. Make sure you communicate with your family; share information such as cell phone numbers and email addresses of close friends; be careful about sharing too much info on social media; know the red flags such as frantic phone calls; and ask a personal question that only your grandchild would know. For more information you can trust, visit

- Jeh Jeh joined us live from the Western Area Family Branch of the YMCA with Mikal Thomas. Today he showed us the latest exercises you can do for the week. For more information, call (205) 923-1195.

BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us with a new study on diet sodas - they probably don't make you hungrier. We've been hearing this for the last couple of years:  "don't drink diet sodas because they make you hungrier, you will eat more, and gain even more weight than if you drank regular sugar sweetened soda". The problem is that the research on this has been very inconclusive. Most of it has come from animal studies or human observational studies that cannot show cause and effect.  Beth even blogged on the lack of evidence and chastised Dr. Oz for misstating that "diet drinks make you hungry".  Here's Beth's blog:  Again, the evidence was inconclusive yet you had people stating it as though it was a well-proven fact. Now, a new study shows that replacing sugar sweetened drinks with artificially sweetened drinks helped kids control their weight compared with kids who drank regular sodas.  The Dutch researchers put 641 kids with an average age of 8 years (4 years 10 months to 11 years 11 months) into one of two groups. The first group was given 8 ounces of a sugar sweetened drink every day. The second group was given 8 ounces of an artificially sweetened drink every day.  The study lasted one and a half years. These were all kids with normal healthy weights and body fat percentages.  The children who drank the artificially sweetened drinks gained 14 pounds and the children on the sugar sweetened drinks gained 16 pounds. The kids on the diet drinks also gained less fat than the kids on sugary drinks. (remember, kids at this age should be gaining weight - so weight gain is expected.
     So what does this mean? We can only draw conclusions for normal weight kids on this one. But it does suggest that diet drinks don't make you hungrier and gain weight and may help kids gain less weight when they replace sugary drinks. Beth's advice? If you or your kids are drinking beverages with added sugar (this does not mean 100% fruit juice or milk - the sugar in these is a natural part of the food - and you are getting a lot of other nutrients in these healthy beverages), than replacing them with no cal beverages - including moderate amounts of artificially sweetened beverages (don't overdo these in kids) and water - may help with maintaining a healthy weight.

RACE FOR THE CURE - Stephen Gutshall is team captain for "The Booby Bunch" for this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Birmingham. His wife is a Breast Cancer Survivor. On his website, Stephen says "This year, I registered for the Komen Race for the Cure because I love my wife! As many of you know, she was diagnosed with breast cancer last October.  This October, she will be participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K!  We plan on... having lots of fun, and celebrating her "survivor" status."  The 21st Annual Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama Race for the Cure will be Saturday, October 20th.  All funds from the Komen Race for the Cure go to research, education, screening and treatment programs. You can register as an individual or as a team. To register, visit You can register online or print out a form and mail it in to the office. You can also go online and make a donation if you're not able to participate in the race.

- Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Sallie Lee took questions from viewers about their gardening needs. You can reach her at the Extension office with your questions at (205) 879-6964 ext 11.

COOKING - George Sarris with the Fish Market joined us to discuss cooking classes at the Southern Women's Show. He also gives us pointers on prepping fish that kids will eat. The Southern Women's Show is next weekend - October 4th-7th at the BJCC. For more details, visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, a popular book and movie makes it to the stage in Birmingham! Jeh Jeh checks out the latest production of "The Color Purple." One doctor offers advice on stopping... or at least slowing... the aging process! He explains his theory!  The angler joins us to take your questions about fishing.... what beautiful weather to get out on the water! New movies and music hit store shelves tomorrow and we check out what's new in entertainment ... that and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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