Good Day Alabama for October 29, 2012 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for October 29, 2012

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for October 29, 2012:

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from SWATS Fitness on the Fultondale-Gardendale line with Mitch Ross. For more information call (205) 281-3488.

BETH K - Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us with a look at caffeine and your kids. The recent lawsuit filed against the company that makes Monster Energy drinks has sparked new interest in caffeine, energy drinks, and kids. But medical experts have been recommending against caffeine for children and adolescents for quite a while. The Institute of Medicine published a report in 2007 that recommended that the use of energy drinks in all students in schools - even athletes - be prohibited from using energy drinks at school and that caffeinated drinks should not be sold in schools. Over a year ago in May of 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a report in the journal Pediatrics questioning the appropriateness of energy drinks and sports drinks for children and adolescents. While research has found that caffeine can boost performance in adults, it has not been studied in children and adolescents. caffeine increases: heart rate, blood pressure (short term), attentiveness, anxiety in people with anxiety disorders, & sleeplessness in some people. People who have heart disease, may be more sensitive to caffeine. Energy drinks often contain high levels of caffeine - often higher than sodas. Some more than 500 mg in a can (the cans are often big!). In adults, a reasonable amount of caffeine is 200 to 300 mg a day. Caffeine Count in Typical Drinks: 1 cup of coffee (8 ounces): 120 mg; 1 cup of hot tea (6 ounces): 40 mg; 1 can of Coke: 46 mg; 1 can of Mountain Dew:  54 mg; & 1.55 ounce chocolate bar: 10 mg. Energy Drink Caffeine Count: 1 can Red Bull (8.4 ounces) = 80 mg; 1 can Monster Energy (16 ounce can) = 160 mg; Mega Monster Energy Drink (24 ounces) = 240 mg; & Rage Inferno (24 ounces) = 375 mg. But one of the big problems is that they often don't put caffeine levels on the label - because they don't have to. Certain things do have to be on food labels but caffeine is not one of them. If you look on the Monster Energy label it just says "energy blend" which includes sugar, an amino acid, and several forms of caffeine - and then just gives a total of 2500 mg. so you don't know how much of that is actually caffeine. Others do show the caffeine count.  The Bottom Line: children and adolescents should not be drinking caffeinated beverage. Energy drinks are basically expensive sugar water with caffeine added.

MOSS ROCK FESTIVAL - The Sixth Annual Moss Rock Festival this year is Saturday from 10am until 5pm and Sunday from 10am until 4pm. The Preserve in Hoover will be a regional focus for art, design & environmental lovers everywhere. The one-of-a-kind outdoor fall festival, which welcomed 15,000 visitors to The Preserve in Hoover, Alabama in 2010,  will take place November 3rd and 4th. Come enjoy artists, eco-ideas partnerst featuring green living ideas, products, services and organizations, live music, engaging constructions and installations, a cake expo and tasting, wonderkid studios, wreaths re-imagined, hiking, 5K bike ride, geocaching,  fuel-efficient car exhibitions, a café, and the great outdoors. Grab friends and family and get outside to explore nature at this premier eco-creative festival in Alabama. The festival is free. To participate in the Park & Ride services, visitors should park at Regions Park and ride one of the many free festival shuttles to the site.

ASK THE GARDENER - Libby Rich of Plant Odyssey took questions from viewers about their gardening needs. You can contact her at Plant Odyssey at (205) 324-0566 or visit

 Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, seems too cold to go fishing, right? Think again! The angler joins us to take your questions about fishing! Dr. Asa Andrew returns and be shares advice on immune boosting foods! Jeh Jeh takes us to the Preserve in Hoover for the scoop on the 6th Annual Moss Rock Festival! We check out what's new in entertainment! And only have a small amount of money to invest? We turn to our financial planner for advice on how to invest it ... that and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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