Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for October 22, 2012:
BBB - Looking to buy or rent a fun Halloween costume this season? You're not alone. According to the National Retail Federation, a record 170 million Americans will spend close to $8 billion on candy, pumpkins, decorations and costumes - both for them and for their pets. When shopping at seasonal, temporary Halloween stores, and especially last-minute, it's important to exercise caution. Better Business Bureau is advising shoppers to know the red flags and read the fine print to avoid fly-by-night costume venders. Even if the store has a returns policy, you should go in with the assumption that whatever you buy is yours to keep, no matter what. Here are some BBB tips to make sure your Halloween is "spooktacular" fun: do your research, read the fine print, know what to expect before renting a costume, and when purchasing costumes online, do it securely. For more consumer tips, check out http://www.bbb.org.
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us from Pure Barre in Tuscaloosa at 1520 McFarland Blvd. Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective way to change the shape of your body. Using small isometric movements at the ballet barre set to motivating music, Pure Barre lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abs and arms and burns fat in record breaking time. Clients see results in just 10 classes, lose inches in weeks and have fun doing it! Pure Barre was founded by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru, Carrie Rezabek Dorr. Carrie opened her first studio in the basement of an office building in Birmingham, Michigan, in 2001. For more information, call (205) 349-0011 or visit http://purebarre.com
BETH K - Hopeful headlines promised reduced risk of cancer if you take a multivitamin. But UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin offers a few facts first. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association was done in physicians with an average age of 64 years - over 14,600 of them! This was a really well done study - the men were assigned to either take a multivitamin or a placebo. The researchers then waited over 11 years to see if there were any differences in who got cancer between the two groups. The group taking the multivitamin had a very slightly lower chance of getting cancer:
On the other hand, taking a basic multivitamin is pretty harmless and this little bit of extra protection may be worth it. Follow these guidelines when choosing a multi: Don't Spend a lot of Money on Your Multi. This study used centrum silver - nothing fancy - get the store brand versions - like walmart, kmart, walgreens, and CVS - studies show they are high quality and just as good as the brand names - don't get super expensive health food store brands! Don't go with fancy mutli packs - they're expensive and have no proof that they're better. Avoid Mega Doses. Look for multis that have no more than 100% of most nutrients. An exception to this is B12 in over 50 multis - the much higher % reflects our lower absorption as we get older. Match with Your Age and Gender. Stick with store brands but if you're over 50, go for the over 50. If you're a man, the men's are lower in iron since men don't need as much as women. The women's multi's tend to be higher in calcium and vitamin D. It's a Supplement not a Substitute! Think of your multi as backup for your nutrition - but food is still the best source of most nutrients. Take your Multi with Food. Most nutrients are better absorbed with food.
DIGEST DIET - Our bodies need fat to survive, but unfortunately, millions of Americans have too much of a good thing. Reader's Digest editor-in-chief and best-selling author Liz Vaccariello expertly analyzes and condenses decades of research and science to reveal the simple truth about fast and lasting weight loss in The Digest Diet. Liz explains how eating, exercise and environment can contribute to weight gain and identifies key foods that work as fat releasers. She reveals eye-opening and myth-busting ways to shed fat and slim down-and puts it all into one easy-to-use plan.
ASK THE GARDENER - 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.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, remember Oprah's favorite designer Nate Berkus? He offers ideas and help for your home now! We talk with him for advice, a look at his latest book, and what made him the designer he is today. We're gardening with Jimmy Rockett! He's a colorful guy so why not check in with him for ideas on year round color for your yard! Ever heard of siblings fighting over inheritance? We look at estate planning to help resolved those issues before they even arise! Plus we check out your entertainment headlines and look at what's new in music and movies on store shelves ... that and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!