Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for January 14, 2013:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Birmingham Cross Plex to get the scoop on the More Than Conquerors Faith and The City of Birmingham's Let's Move Birmingham Campaign: Ex-Your-Size 2013. It begins today at the Birmingham Cross Plex (2331 Bessemer Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35208). National Fitness Expert Donna Joyner joins in to kick it off! This year's theme is "No Excuses"! Ex-Your-Size is a citywide fitness event hosted to kickoff our city and surrounding areas to a healthy new year. The unified goal is to inform and inspire the entire community to take charge of their health through both diet and exercise. The evening will include instruction and demonstrations by Donna Joyner, lots of fun, and plenty of exercise! Make plans to be a part of the live audience at the state of the art, Birmingham CrossPlex center. Don't miss Ex-Your-Size 2013, "No Excuses!" This event is FREE. Doors open at 5:30pm and begins promptly at 6pm. For more information please call (205)322-2644
BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us last week to talk about how acting FAST could make a big difference improving the outcomes of someone having a stroke. FAST stands for Face, Arms, Speech, and Time. While strokes will happen, it is of course best to prevent the stroke in the first place. The number one cause of a stroke is high blood pressure. The USDA/DHHS Dietary Guidelines 2010 say to reduce daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) and further reduce intake to 1,500 mg among persons who are 51 and older and those of any age who are African American or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease. The 1,500 mg recommendation applies to about half of the U.S. population, including children, and the majority of adults. So, why the fuss over the salty stuff? Two of the top causes of death in the United States - heart disease and stroke - are directly linked to high blood pressure. One of the causes of high blood pressure is eating too much sodium. Sodium is one of the two minerals that make up salt.
While lowering sodium is a good idea for all of us, it's not an easy task in our American food environment. Most of the sodium in our diets is not coming from the saltshaker. Processed foods are responsible for 75 to 80% of the salt we eat. That means you don't have a lot of control over how much salt you get - unless you cook everything you eat from scratch. Canned foods, frozen dinners, fast food, and restaurant foods are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to high sodium - not the saltshaker. But there are some hidden sources of sodium that may surprise you. Foods with a lot of sodium don't always taste salty - and foods that taste salty aren't always as high as you'd think. But if you want to get serious about lowering the sodium in your diet, start with these steps:
-Read labels for Sodium - Remember, just because a food doesn't taste salty, doesn't mean it is low in sodium. Focus on serving size. If a food label for soup says "Sodium 800 mg" that is for one serving. If the servings per container are two, and you eat the whole can, you are getting 1600 mg! You can look at either the milligrams of sodium or the percentage of your daily value. If the percentage says 25%, that means that one serving of the foods is giving you 25%, or about one fourth, of your daily limit for sodium.
-Look for Lower Sodium Choices: Completely salt free probably won't taste that great. If you can choose foods that are 1/3 to ½ as much salt, you'll find it still tastes good.
-Give it Time: Most people find that after a few weeks of lower sodium, they lose their taste for it and lower salt foods taste better.
BBB - David Smitherman with the Better Business Bureau joined us with six pointers to protect your office from cold & flu season! With cold and flu season upon us, the transfer of germs and illness in the workplace increases. Better Business Bureau advises business owners to take initiative in preventing the spread of illness. The CDC makes it easy with a free employer tool kit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/business/. Here are some tips to help protect employees and customers as much as possible: acquire products that ward off germs (hand sanitizers, tissues and disinfectants); advise employees to stay home when sick; enforce good hygiene in the work place by cleaning shared equipment and wiping down common areas regularly; promote flu shots; hold a health fair; and be the example. Visit BBB's website for more Business Tips http://www.bbb.org/us/Business-Tips-Index/.
DETROIT AUTO SHOW - Automotive Expert Doug Brauner joined us live from Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, where the Detroit Auto Show previewed never before seen cars & concepts including new reveals from GM, Ford, Lincoln, Chrysler, Infiniti, Hyundai, and other news coming from the show. For more on the show visit: http://www.naias.com/. For more on Doug visit his website at www.thecarczar.com.
ASK THE GARDENER - Our expert, Sallie Lee joined us today with Ask the Gardener. Sallie is an Extention Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extention System.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, our wildlife expert joins us with a look at gun safety advice as we continue through hunting season! Our interior designer joins us with some pointers to spruce up your home this year! In Money Tuesday we find out how to convert our your 401K to a Roth IRA under the new laws! We check out your Hollywood headlines and look at what's new in entertainment - new movies and music on store shelves this week .... that and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!