Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for June 4, 2013:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us with Red Rock Tuesday. This month he featured the Birmingham Zoo and the Zoo Loop. For more information on the many hiking trails and future plans, visit http://www.redrocktrail.org/.
MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joined us with advice on how to have some summer fun without the financial pain. The single most important key to a successful vacation is taking the time to plan the trip out in advance. Decide what type of vacation you are looking for…packed full of sights, laid back, education oriented, action oriented, then do your research. One of the websites is www.TripAdvisor.com - pay close attention to reviews by other travelers…and write one of your own after your trip. Once you shop the internet for prices, you can also call direct and ask "What's your best rate?" Other big time savers are websites like www.kayak.com which allow you to compare many major travel sites at once. If you're traveling abroad, make sure your passport is current. A popular marketing strategy this time of year is the solicitations you get-via mail or Internet-for vacation deals. There are several variations on this theme from free airline tickets and hotels to various discount packages. Some of these deals are legitimate, others are not. It will be up to you to take the time to read the fine print before you part with your hard-earned money. With the economy still struggling, vacation deals are plentiful, especially if you are prepared to negotiate. Car rental companies always try to sell you "zero" deductible collision coverage. If you don't accept it, you are responsible for the first $1000 or more of damages. Chances are you don't need this costly coverage. Before you start your vacation, call your auto insurance agent to see what your existing policy covers. Also, many credit card companies offer zero deductible collision coverage if you use their card to charge the rental car, so check with your card issuer before you leave on vacation. A good place to check for deals on car rentals is www.Hotwire.com. Most hotels have 'no-show' penalties if you don't show up or fail to cancel your reservation within a certain time period. When you make your reservation, ask about the hotel's policy and make sure you get a confirmation number. www.Hotels.com specializes in discount hotel rooms and vacation packages. Do your best to pay cash for your vacation - don't spend money you don't have. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to take off for a vacation with a wallet full of credit cards. A month after their trip, the bills start rolling in causing several months of financial pain before they are able to dig out from under their new debt. If you take the time to plan, you can have a wonderful summer without putting yourself in the poor house. For more information, visit www.welchgroup.com.
BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us to discuss a research round-up of recent research headlines. She discussed canned vs fresh peaches. She says if you like canned peaches, here's some good news - canned peaches are just as high in nutrients as fresh peaches. Researchers compared canned cling peaches to fresh freestone peaches and found that there were no differences between the two in vitamin E and beta-carotene and the canned peaches were actually higher than the fresh in vitamin C and folate. This study falls in line with other studies that often show that canning and freezing do not necessarily lower the nutrient content of fruits and vegetables - and sometimes help preserve nutrients that may be lost in fresh during travel and sitting in the produce section! She also discussed running versus walking. She says running and walking are popular ways to exercise - you don't need much equipment and you can do them just about anywhere. But, is one better than the other? A recent study suggests that runners may have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight. The study did not show that running causes greater weight loss - rather, the researchers followed both runners and walkers over a 6 year period and found that the runners were more likely than the walkers The walkers were generally thinner than the walkers at the beginning of the study - and they maintained their body weights better than the walkers did, but surprisingly, it may not have been that the runners burned more calories - both groups seemed to burn the same. The researchers speculate that the runners may not have eaten as much - possibly due to lower appetite. The bottom line? If you are a walker and running is not an option for you (bad knees, injures, just don't like it) just remember that you may have to concentrate more on your diet to maintain a healthy weight. And she discussed bad dental health: is it soda or is it Crack Cocaine/Methamphetamine? A lot of the web articles on this talked about a new "study" that showed that drinking diet coke resulted in dental erosion that looked like the dental erosion in people with a meth addiction or a crack cocaine addiction. It actually wasn't a study but a case study done by a doctor who compared the dental erosion in three patients: one with cocaine addiction, one with meth addiction, and one who drank 2 liters of diet coke a day (and told him that she tended who "hold" the soda in her mouth as she drank). The bottom line is that even sodas without sugar can be bad for your teeth if you drink a lot of them all day long. So be sure to rinse your mouth out or brush your teeth after drinking sodas. Beth doesn't think that diet soda mouth is running rampant - this particular patient drank a lot of soda all day long - if you like diet soda, practice good dental hygiene and you should be okay!
NEW IN BOOKS - Susan Swagler writes about books at her "Turn the Page" blog and in Birmingham Magazine. She introduces us to a picture book for all ages, and some forward-thinking novels and one historical tale. All are perfect for reading right now. Be present, and enjoy! Today she introduced us to:
Nothing Fancy About Kathryn & Charlie by Kerry Madden-Lunsford, illustrated by Lucy Madden-Lunsford
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich
The Third Son by Julie Wu
GARDENING - Sandra Reaves joined us to discuss how easy gardening can be thanks to volunteers. Volunteer vegetables, that is! These are plants that, over time, have adapted to your own garden's microclimate and conditions. This makes them thrift and hardy! These include grape tomatoes, carrots, mustard, winter squashes, red Chinese noodle beans, and peach trees. The most unusual volunteer she's experienced is a couple of papaya trees out of the compost pile one year. 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.
FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS - Roslyn Rodda with the Shops of Grand River joined us with gift ideas for dad for Father's Day. Father's Day is Sunday, June 16th. She shared ideas for all types of dads, from the sports lover, grill master, hunter, or techy to the CEO. She showed us gifts from different stores and shares different price points with us including a George Foreman grill, watches, clothing, ties, speakers, earbuds, shoes, and more. For more ideas, visit http://www.shopsofgrandriver.com/.
HEART WALK SIGN-UP - Gina McDonald joined us to talk about signing up for the Heart Walk! The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the Nation's No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. The AHA thanks all the walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. The Heart Walk in Birmingham is on June 22nd. The goal is to raise $575,000. The walk includes a one mile and a 5k route. It will be in the new Uptown Birmingham Entertainment district near the BJCC. For complete details and to register your team, visit http://birminghamheartwalk.org.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, it's time for the Regions Tradition! Jeh Jeh Pruitt takes us live to the golf course for the scoop on the big names coming to town! Mickey makes new friends at the Birmingham Zoo! Some great hot rods join us at the station as part of Hot Rod Magazine's Annual 7-Day, 7-City Cross-Country Trek. And a local woman now stars in her own show on TLC. We check in with her to find out about her success! And we talk with an OBGYN to take your questions and discuss Tubal ligation reversal. Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!