Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for February 5, 2013:
GDA CHALLENGE - Dr. Asa Andrew joined us by phone this morning to answer viewer questions about the Good Day Challenge. Known as America's Health and Lifestyle Coach®, Asa Andrew, MD is a national best-selling author, radio and TV host, and founder of Diagnosis HOPE, a non-profit dedicated to health education and supporting the uninsured. He has dedicated his life to helping others thrive in their health. For more on the Good Day Challenge, visit MyFoxAL.com and click on the Good Day Alabama link. You can also text "Good Day" to 20566 to get a link to all of the info. And be sure to check out our Facebook page and share your story!
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us with Red Rock Tuesday. This month he features the Walking School Bus in the West End community. This program is through United Way. They are walking from the West End Library to Hemphill Elementary School. The Safe Routes to School of Central Alabama initiative leads a Walking School Bus program at three schools currently participating in the program. Typically over half of the 280+ students to walk to school each week, and the program has continued to grow since it was launched in the Fall of 2011. Safe Routes to School programs like the Walking School Bus encourage lifelong healthy habits while highlighting the need for infrastructure to support an active population. For more information on the many hiking trails and future plans, visit http://www.redrocktrail.org/.
MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch looked at how to fund a home improvement project - is it a better option to cash in your IRA or take a loan? He explained how to weight the cost and penalties of each to figure out which is the best solution for your situation. For more information, visit www.welchgroup.com.
HEARTCHILD MOVIE PREMIERE - The A.skate Foundation is a registered 501c3 non profit that allows children with autism to be a part of our social world through skateboarding. We hold clinics for children with autism at no cost to the families, give grants to children with autism for skateboard gear, as well as promote awareness and educate families about the skateboard industry. Five years ago 1:150 children were diagnosed with autism. Today 1:88 children are diagnosed with autism. The A.Skate Foundation holds clinics nationwide for children with autism at no cost to the families, gives "Grants for Gear" for kids to purchase skateboard gear, and holds fundraisers and events to promote the cause. The A Skate Foundation is constantly searching for clues and cues to answers in the complex structure of Autism. In the complex structure of the universe we use symbolism and association to do everything from teaching, navigation, contemplation, worship, and even branding. These are methods to think, steer, and connect. It is communing with the familiar to potentially open doors to the unfamiliar.
"Heart Child" is a documentary film about twenty-nine year old Crys Worley, who is the mother of a nine year old autistic child, Sasha. It is a remarkable story about a mother's struggles, not only with her own health, but the well being of her son. Committing to Sasha that she will never give up on him and inspired by the challenges parents of autistic children face, she started a non-profit organization, called A.Skate - Autism. Skating with Kids through Acceptance, Therapy, and Education. This film documents her extraordinary journey. You can catch the premiere of it in Alabama at the Bama Theater (600 Greensboro Avenue) in Tuscaloosa on February 18th. For more on the theater, call (205) 758-5195 or visit http://bamatheatre.org. For more on the film and Crys's story, visit www.heartchildthemovie.com.
GARDENING - Sandra Reaves joins us to discuss what seeds to plant in February and March. Here is a list of vegetables gardeners can plant in February/March: beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, Irish potatoes, leafy lettuce, mustard, radishes, spinach, snow peas, sweet peas, & turnip greens. For more information, visit her Facebook page - it includes lots of pictures, tips, how to videos, and info on veggie trials going on in the garden. It's a "real time, real life" look at home gardening and food preservation. You can find her at www.Facebook.com/JosieGladysGardens.
RACHAEL RAY - We talked with Rachael Ray about her upcoming celebrity guests and special episodes for February! Coming this February on RACHAEL… Rachael kicked off February with the 6th Annual Super Bowl Recipe Playoff featuring Martellus Bennett (New York Giants), Kamerion Wimbley (Tennessee Titans), and Dwight Freeney (Indianapolis Colts). Other big shows and February highlights include… Paula and Bobby Deen; Undercover Cake Boss; Lingerie for the Ladies; Celebrity Meal-Estate; Celebrity Makeovers; Casserole Week; and Slow Cooker Week. Other guests scheduled to appear in February include Regis Philbin, Jeremy Irons, Ginnifer Goodwin, Michael Strahan, Katherine Heigl, Patricia Heaton, Pauley Perrette, Johnny Lee Miller, Matt Bomer, Julianne Hough, & Jillian Michaels… Catch Rachael Ray weekdays right here on FOX6 at 10am!
NEW IN BOOKS - Susan Swagler writes about about books at her "Turn the Page" blog and in Birmingham Magazine. She introduces us to Intelligent, informative fiction; six degrees of surprising separation; and some insight (perhaps) into your own psyche. These books will teach you a thing or two.
Canada by Richard Ford
Hikikomori and the Rental Sister by Jeff Backhaus
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, it's Signing Day and we check out all the action - who's going where! The production of Billy Elliot comes to town and we talk with some of the stars! The doctor joins us to take your questions about women and weigh loss! Mickey takes us to the Birmingham Zoo and we're gardening with Jon Culver. Join us for all of this that and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!