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Good Day Alabama for July 2, 2013

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for July 2, 2013:

JEH JEH - Jeh Jeh joined us with Red Rock Tuesday. For more information on the many hiking trails and future plans, visit

MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joined us with Money Tuesday to talk about net worth.  Is your net worth on track? In order to become financially independent by retirement, you'll need to build your investment net worth over time.  Investment net worth includes only assets you can use to produce cash flow during retirement, so it typically wouldn't include assets such as your home.  Here's your target investment net worth guideline:
· 20 times Annual Income at retirement
· 15 times Annual Income if you are 5 years away from retirement
· 10 times Annual Income if you are 10 years away from retirement
· 5 times Annual Income if you are 20 years away from retirement
· 1 times Annual Income if you are 30 years away from retirement
· .5 times Annual Income if you are 35 years away from retirement
For example, if your current income is $100,000 and you are twenty years away from retiring, to be on track, your investment net worth needs to be approximately $500,000.  These numbers are exclusive of Social Security.

BETH K - UAB Nutritionist, Beth Kitchen, joined us this morning to talk about sleep and your weight!  Short on Sleep May Mean More Calories - and Weight Gain. Over the past several years, the evidence that points to lack of sleep as a contributing factor to overeating has increased. In a 2010 study, researchers put 10 overweight participants on a moderately low calorie diet and then let them sleep up to either 8.5 hours or 5.5 hours for two weeks. They then switched participants to the other sleep group for another two weeks. They measured weight and body composition (fat vs. muscle) after each two period.  Here's what they found:
1.) More Sleep, More Fat Loss. When people got more sleep, they lost more of their weight as fat (3 pounds vs. 1.3 pounds) and less of their weight as muscle (3 pounds vs. 5 pounds).
2.) Less Sleep, Higher Hunger. When people got less sleep, they were hungrier. Their levels of a hormone called ghrelin were higher than when they were allowed to sleep longer. Ghrelin is a hormone in the stomach that makes you hungry. A study just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine gives us a clue as to how a lack of sleep contributes to insulin resistance - which can lead to obesity and heart disease. The researchers found that when people were sleep-deprived, their fat cells ability to respond to insulin dropped by about 30%. But both of these studies were very small and inconclusive. Now a study published in this month's edition of the journal Sleep, adds to the data. And this was a big study - 225 people. In this study, the researchers found that the people who were allowed only four hours of sleep over 5 consecutive days ate 500 calories above their needs a day and gained about 2 pound over the following 9 days. The people who were not sleep deprived did not eat extra calories above their needs nor did they gain any weight.  This was a short-term study so we cannot say whether these changes would remain over the long haul. Now, getting more sleep alone is not going to make you fit into your bikini in time for summer vacation. For one thing, not everyone is sleep deprived and not everyone who is sleep deprived overeats as a result. But lack of sleep could be contributing to America's weight problem. The Centers for Disease Control reports that over 20% of Americans are getting 6 or fewer hours of sleep a night - well below the seven to nine we need.

AMERICAN GIRL MOVIE - Mike talked with Jane Seymour and Sidney Fullmer about filming the movie, "Saige Paints the Sky."  This summer, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is releasing the new feature-length film "An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky" today featuring Saige Copeland, American Girl's popular 2013 Girl of the Year! Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital Download, the motion picture chronicles the talented young artist Saige, who has a passion for horses, as she sets out to save her school's art and music programs and find her own voice. Starring Jane Seymour (as Saige's grandmother who, as a well-known artist and horsewoman, inspires her granddaughter) and Sidney Fullmer (as Saige), the movie is heartwarming, empowering and fun and is for every girl who has ever dared to dream big!

GARDENING - Sandra Reaves joined us to discuss Composting in Place. 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

- Susan Swagler writes about about books at her "Turn the Page" blog and in Birmingham Magazine. She introduced us to books that are hot now! Here are some picks for your summer book bag:  A mesmerizing fairytale for adults; a Bellwether Prize-winning collection of short stories (that read like a novel); a dark, suspenseful Southern Gothic tale set in Alabama; and some more short stories, Each of these works lends itself to pleasurable intermittent reading; head for some water then read a little, doze a bit and read some more.
     1 - The Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace
     2 - Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum
     3 - The Year of the Storm by John Mantooth
     4 - I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama
, planning to use your own fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July? We bring you some helpful safety reminders. Is your boss actually paying attention to you? We explain crowdsourcing and how the social media model will change the way we work! Beat the heat and still look your best this summer! We check out the latest fashion trends to keep you cool! And the doctor joins us to take your questions about geriatric dementia and Alzheimer's. He explains the warning signs and what to do if you notice someone you love has them. Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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