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Good Day Alabama for January 9, 2013

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for January 9, 2013:

SPOTTING FAD DIETS - Every week there's a new "miracle" diet and every year you can't help but wonder: Is THIS the weight loss diet that will finally work, once and for all? There are weight loss programs that work, but there many more "fads" out there that will temporarily drop your weight (or perhaps make you sick), only to have the pounds return in a few weeks. Fad diets are tempting, but like eating a rich dessert when you already have a full stomach:  resist, resist, resist!  In the long run, you will be healthier, thinner and less frustrated. Fad diets can be deceiving. They are usually described in detail by a book that has been written by an expert with a PhD, or a doctor who is an MD. There may be a list of scientific references that seem to back up the claims (that no one ever checks carefully to make sure they are true).  And, tons of people (including all of your friends and family) seem to be following the diet and having great results.  Does this sound familiar?   There are some obvious clues that a diet is a "fad" rather than a recommended approach for permanent weight-loss. Julie Miller Jones, food specialist and author of Food Safety discussed fad diets and how you can get the skinny on staying skinny!

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us from Villager Yoga this morning. It is one of the few places in town that offers Yoga for all members of the family - from young to old. Yoga is a 5,000 year old physical, mental and emotional discipline that allows an individual to explore personal insight and clarity, thus creating a healthy mind, body and soul. For some, yoga is a spiritual experience, but it is rooted in ancient Indian science, not religion. Yoga is practiced throughout the world by people of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit!

ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Tyler Eads from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Spider Monkey. For more information, visit

COOKIE TIME - Girl Scouts sponsor two sale programs every year in order to support local troops and Councils to offer educational programs, volunteer training and continuous support to girls and the local communities they serve. For more than 70 years, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has helped girls learn invaluable skills, such as decision-making, money management and delivering on a promise. These activities are directly related to our mission of helping all girls realize their full potential and become strong, confident and resourceful citizens. Each girl's participation in the cookie sale is voluntary. Most Girl Scouts enjoy the experience and look forward to taking part in these fun activities each year. Adults monitor, supervise, and guide the sale activities for all age levels, and girls always use the buddy system. For more information, visit

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Charles Sharp, OB/GYN at St. Vincent's, joined us to take viewer questions about Obstetrics & Gynecology.

 GARDENING - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Bethany O'Rear joined us with Seed Catalogues Simplified. It is the time of year - a new gardening catalog every day listing every kind of ornamental, fruit or vegetable known to man, or at least most of them.  We know it's too early to start a garden in this area, but those pictures are so tempting! How do you know which ones offer varieties adapted to our area - primarily research with a little trial and error thrown in.  Talk to fellow gardeners - see which ones have worked for them and which ones haven't. Another consideration - do you want the latest and greatest varieties in the gardening world?  Or are you convinced that the heirloom varieties produce the tastiest crops or most fragrant flowers?  There are catalogs tailored to both kinds of gardeners, and many seed companies offer both, sort of a one-stop shopping experience.
Two things to be careful of -
· Some seed companies offer plant material that is better adapted to other regions of North America.   When making your decision, do some research to make sure that our climate is suitable for the seeds or plants that your purchase. Know the winter hardiness zone of your area (7b or 8a) and choose plants suited for it.
· Companies who offer seeds of plants, both ornamental and edible that are grown on other continents.  While these plants may be beautiful and no one else in the neighborhood has one, they could also be invasive or exhibit less charming characteristics that the seed catalog did not mention.  With that being said - not trying to discourage experimentation.  That is one of the most fun things about gardening, but just do so carefully
The best catalogs include details such as
· Correct botanical name
· Whether it needs sun or shade
· How much water is required to keep the plant happy
· How tall or short it grows
· What type of wildlife it attracts
· In the case of vegetables - touts the pest resistance
· Suggested timing of planting
Last point to remember - And above all, especially if you're new to garden catalogs, remember the lovely pictures in the catalog are of mature plants at their best. Yours won't look that way for a year or two so don't panic or pull yours out of the ground. Keep trying-that's what gardeners do, and gardening catalogs are there to support our efforts and lure us into experimenting! You can reach her at the Extension office with your questions!

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we turn to our expert to talk about kids and how you can help them deal with a loved one who has an illness. Jeh Jeh's lacing up his shows for the Red Nose Run! He joins us with the scoop on how it helps the Ronald McDonald House and how you can join in the fun! There are lots of daily deal websites out there and the  Bargainomics Lady shows us which ones she uses to find the best bargains! Alabama native Savannah Lathem is making quite the name for herself on the big screen! She drops by the studio to talk about her career and upcoming projects! Have someone applying for college in your household? We get the scoop on what parents need to know about financial aid before students apply for college. And our Pet of the Week joins us in the studio.... that and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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