Good Day Alabama for April 8, 2013 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for April 8, 2013

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for April 8, 2013:

BBB - David Smitherman with the Better Business Bureau joined us with a look at how to get the most from your auto insurance. Motor vehicle collisions and other auto-related mishaps result in billions of dollars in property damage, medical and legal bills and lost income every year. Car owners need to protect their vehicle and themselves with auto insurance, but how do you know if you are properly covered? It's not enough to simply have car insurance. Car owners should be aware of what their insurance covers…and what it doesn't. Better Business Bureau advises:

Understand the insurance coverage you are buying.
Know and monitor the condition of your vehicle.
Report damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
Get to know your mechanic.
BBB rates tens of thousands of insurers, car dealers and auto repair facilities. Check out before buying, insuring or repairing your vehicle.

BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us with the foods that can lower your blood pressure! Blood pressure is a big risk factor for stroke and heart disease. Here's how you can drop it using your diet:
1. Do Dairy:  the DASH study showed that including 2 to 3 servings of dairy foods a day like milk and yogurt can lower blood pressure
2. Nuts and Seeds: DASH also showed that diets that included nuts and seeds three times a week helped lower blood pressure
3. Fruits and Vegetables: DASH also showed that diets that included 8 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day lowered blood pressure
4. Sodium Potassium Switch: some research has shown that when you get twice as much potassium as sodium you may lower your blood pressure - most Americans do just the opposite - twice the amount of sodium compared to potassium
5. Lose Weight:  if you're overweight, small amounts of weight loss often drops weight - you don't have to get skinny - sometimes just 10 pounds can lower blood pressure!
6. Exercise: even if it doesn't result in weight loss, exercise lowers blood pressure - getting out and walking most days of the week can do the trick!
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh works out on this Exercise Monday! He joins us with Curtis Starks at EVO. For more information, call (205) 583-3000.

KIDS & JOBS - Each spring, Birmingham youth are invited to apply for age-appropriate employment opportunities through the Kids & Jobs Program. This year, students between the ages of 14 and 21 years old will be working in public, private and nonprofit sectors of the business community. Youth who are hired through the program go to work during the summer months. Kids & Jobs Applications Available are available through Friday online at for youth ages 14 - 15 years old & for the Summer Executive Internship Program. The FOX6 Kids & Jobs Internship Draft will be live on FOX6 on Thursday, April 11th. The 14 & 15 Year-Old Application & Interview Session will be at Fair Park Arena on Saturday. Doors Open at 8:00am and close at 9am. Participating students will receive first-time exposure to the workplace. Youth who are allowed to enter the application and interview process on April 13th must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. To be considered for employment, students must submit a completed application packet during the interview session. Summer Executive Internship Applications are due by Friday. This is the deadline for 16-21 year-old students to submit Summer Executive Internship (SEI) applications to the office at 1608 7th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203 - Mayor's Office Division of Youth Services.

DIGITAL ANSWER MAN - Jim Barry, the Digital Answer Man for the non-profit Consumer Electronics Association, returns to Birmingham to talk about the new digital devices, many of which were introduced at the 2013 International CES. He shows us new mobile devices including smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and health & fitness devices that use wireless technology and sync up with your other devices. Jim gives shopping tips on how to choose among the many smart phones and tablets on the market and can also discuss new digital health and fitness devices, including smartphone-controlled wireless heart-rate monitors. Earth day is April 22 and Jim also touches on a number of energy saving products.

BASKETBALL FINALS - Tony Gonzalez, former college basketball player at University of California-Berkeley and professional football player, has teamed up with Clear Men Scalp Therapy to share his tips on executing The Perfect Play during March Madness. Gonzalez talked with us from Atlanta. Gonzalez, who contributed to the Golden Bears' Sweet Sixteen run as a junior in the 1997 NCAA Tournament, has spent 16 seasons in professional football, the last four with Atlanta, and is arguably the game's best tight end ever. Tony Gonzalez talks about his time as a college basketball player in the NCAA tournament and which teams he favors in the 2013 Final College Football Championship in Atlanta and his current status as a pro football player amid retirement rumors.

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. For more questions call the Extension Office at (205) 879-6964.

- Ann Simmons, General Manager for Gus Mayer, joined us with a look at  spring fashions. She showed us the hot colors for spring abd explains the Girl's Night Out event on Thursday night. Gus Mayer is throwing a Poppin' Girl's Night Out on April 11 from 3pm -8pm! Ladies looking to get glam, learn about this season's hottest fashions, and have a professional glamour shot taken by the talented Beau Gustafson AKA the Big Swede, need to head out to Gus Mayer for this exclusive event. The evening will feature delicious martinis and hors d'ouerves, with DJ Coco spinning the hottest tunes and lots more! Who would say no to a night like that? Put a pop of color in your life by shopping the latest trends from susana monaco and more - all TAX FREE! Also, receive $50 off a purchase of $150 or more when you bring in your gently worn clean denim. Relax as the Gus Mayer cosmetics team and Joelle Salon styles your hair and makeup for your complimentary glamour shot. Sweet, salty but sinless popchips, as well as the award-winning Mini Indulgences from Seasons 52 will be available all night. Girl's Night Out will be an evening of pampering, the finest fashions, and the tastiest treats that is not to be missed!

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we look at eye care for your pets and find out how service dogs can get some special attention! We've been following Alabama's Bar-b-que Bracket ...  the final two teams Jim n Nicks of Birningham and Sam's BBQ of Montgomery are the final two teams. The winner will be announced today and the winning team will be on Good Day Alabama tomorrow for the trophy presentation! Join us to find out who has the best bar-b-q in Alabama! Jimmy Rockett joins us with some gardening advice! We look at new music and movies - what's new in entertainment on store shelves this week! And it's April in Talladega - that means beautiful homes and gatherings - we bring you all the details! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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