Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for February 25, 2013:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Lakeshore Foundation with help from Carol Kutik on Exercise Monday. For more information, call (205) 313-7400.
BBB - David Smitherman with the Better Business Bureau gave us some pointers on finding a trustworthy tax preparer! Need help filing your taxes but want to make sure the tax preparer is legitimate? Do your research! BBB hears about lots of tax scams every year, from ill-trained preparers to companies that file for you without your permission. Although tax preparers must sign off on the paperwork, the taxpayer is ultimately responsible for filing the return…and will be subject to penalties if there are problems. BBB advises taxpayers to be extra cautious when choosing a tax preparer, since that person or company will have access to lots of personal information. Here are some tips on finding a trustworthy tax preparer: Ask around. Get referrals from friends and family and check out the service's BBB Business Review at bbb.org. Look for credentials. Ideally, your tax preparer should either be a certified public accountant, a tax attorney, an enrolled agent, and/or a certified E-file provider. Find out if the preparer is affiliated with a professional organization that requires continuing education and has a code of ethics. Make sure they are properly registered. In the U.S., a tax preparer must obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service. In Canada, the representative must have a RepID (if they are representing you or your business) or a Business Number issued by the Canada Revenue Agency. Do not fall for the promise of big refunds. Be wary of any tax preparation service that promises larger refunds than the competition, and avoid tax preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the refund. Read the contract carefully. Read tax preparation service contracts closely to ensure you understand how much it is going to cost for the service, and how the cost will be affected if preparation is more complicated and time consuming than expected. Remember that a paid preparer is required by law to sign your return and fill in the preparer areas of the form. They should also include their appropriate identifying number on the return. In addition, the preparer must give you a copy of your return. For more information on tax filing in the United States, go to the Internal Revenue Service http://www.irs.gov/. For more advice, visit bbb.org.
BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us to explain the dangers and risk factors! Cities for Life is a grassroots diabetes awareness and management program designed to fight diabetes in our community. In a country where diabetes is running rampant, Alabama has one of the highest rates. Alabama is second only to Mississippi with our 11.1% of adults with diabetes. Add to that our 7% of adults with pre-diabetes and you can see that we've got a problem. That's one of the reasons Birmingham was chosen out of more than 50 cities by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation for this pilot program. But the other reason Birmingham was chosen is that our city has tremendous resources. Not only are we home to the University of Alabama at Birmingham - one of the best medical research and teaching universities in the country - we are also a community with tremendous unity and commitment among our citizens. They don't call us "the Magic City" for nothing! Diabetes can cause blindness, amputations and kidney failure. The first step is knowing if you are at risk for diabetes: family history, getting older, obesity, being African American and Hispanic American, high blood pressure, high blood sugar during pregnancy, and inactivity. If you have any of these risk factors, you should see a doctor to get a fasting blood sugar test: Know Your Glucose Number: if you've seen your doctor recently & had blood drawn for basic labs, most likely your blood sugar was evaluated. On your lab report it will probably say "blood sugar" or "blood glucose". It also might say "serum" instead of "blood". Take a look at that number. 100 to 125 may be "pre-diabetes". If your blood sugar number is lower than 126 but higher than 100, you may be at risk for developing diabetes later. 126 or higher is diabetes. If your blood sugar is 126 mg/dl or higher, you may have diabetes and should talk to your doctor to start lifestyle changes and possibly medications. If you think you have diabetes or pre-diabetes or you are at risk, you can learn more at two free seminars from the Cities for Life folks! They'll be helping you with nutrition tips, healthy snacks, free t-shirts, and exercise demonstration and more! Wednesday from 10:30am until Noon at Five Points West Library and Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Birmingham Downtown Public Library. Call (205) 267-6673 or go to www.mydiabetesconnect.com for more info!
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.
BEST MEDICINE SHOW - Students from the UAB School of Medicine will take the stage Friday, March 1, 2013 at the historic Alabama Theatre for The Best Medicine Show, an annual philanthropic event showcasing the students' creative sides with short digital films, music and dance, while raising money for Equal Access Birmingham, a student-run community service initiative that operates a clinic to provide primary care for underserved people in the Birmingham area. The Best Medicine Show is an opportunity for students to use their ideas poking fun at medical student life and turn those ideas into live acts, songs and videos. Live talent for the show includes dance groups, bands, singers, comedy acts and more. The show begins at 7 p.m. inside the Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Ave. North, Birmingham. Doors open at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $5.50 for students and $11 for general admission. Tickets purchased at the door are $15 general admission and $10 for students. The student price extends to students from other colleges and universities. A valid student ID will be required. Visit www.bestmedicineshow.com to purchase tickets or find more information.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we're in the final days of the Good Day Challenge! Dr. Asa Andrew joins us with some advice and helps us bring some of our favorite things back in our diet that we dropped out during the challenge. And in Money Tuesday we look at the rules for unconverting a Roth IRA and explain why this is something you might need to do! Our conversation on Diabetes continues and we find out how you can get some free testing and information if you think you're at risk! Our fishing expert joins us to take your questions... you get a chance to ask the angler! And we're gardening with Jimmy Rockett so tune in for his pointers! Join us for all the fun and so much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!