Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for August 15, 2013:
NEW MAX BUS - On August 7th MAX celebrated for the first time in 13 years receiving 40ft. passenger buses. These buses are fully equipped with an external and internal camera system, that the older buses did not have. Safety and Security is the number one priority. Executive Director Ann Dawson August shared information about the new buses and gave Janice a tour of one.
HEALTH DEPT - Sarah talked with Dr. Mark Wilson, head of the Jefferson County Health Department, about local health issues. Today they discussed childhood obesity. The CDC released a report several days ago. The CDC looked at weight and height measurements of low income preschool children receiving nutrition benefits through the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program in 40 states between 2008 and 2011. There were 18 states that had at least a slight decrease in the obesity rate among preschoolers; only 3 states continued to have an increase. Alabama showed no significant change. Children who are overweight or obese as preschoolers are 5 times as likely as normal-weight children to be overweight or obese as adults. Among Alabama's children aged 2 to 4 years old, 14% are already obese, and another 15% are overweight, and this generation's life expectancy may be shorter its parent's. Once obesity is established in a person whose reached adulthood, it is very hard to reverse, so the most effective strategy is to focus our efforts on the very young. The Jefferson County Department of Health and multiple partners such as the YMCA, The United Way, The Community Foundation, schools, churches, and others, are doing several things in our local community to help prevent obesity in young children:
- Health Department Childcare Regulations implemented in January, 2012.
- Healthier food choices in schools and in after-school and summer programs for kids.
- Safe routes to schools, the "Walking School Bus"
- Community Gardens, including school-based teaching gardens, where children learn to enjoy gardening and eating their own produce.
- Farmers' markets and vegetable stands in neighborhoods without grocery stores.
- Promoting shared use agreements that allow school gyms and playgrounds to be open to the public after hours.
- Developing trails, park space and greenways that are easily accessible.
Health Department's message to parents - help your children get off to a good start: Limit screen time, help kids get at least 1 hour per day of exercise, and make sure they get 5 servings of fruits or vegetables per day; drastically limit sugary drinks.
For more information, visit www.jcdh.org.
OUR HOUSE - Amanda LeBlanc is one of the south's finest organizing experts. This morning she showed us how to organize a desk and get it ready for school to start back. For more ideas, visit http://theamandas.com/.
BABY WEEK - It's Baby Week on Good Day Alabama as we lead up to Babypalooza. Cecilia Pearson is the Event Producer and she joins us with a look at Babywearing 101. Guests from Babywearing International model different types of wraps and slings for babywearing or carrying and cover a few safety points. Babywearing hints and tips are in the current issue of Alabama Baby & Child magazine. There will also be a Babywearing International fashion show is part of the line up on the main stage at Babypalooza. Babypalooza is this Saturday from 9am until 3pm at the BJCC East Exhibit Hall. It is free to attend. For more information on Babypalooza, visit http://babypaloozatour.com/.
PET OF THE WEEK - Kellie Rohm with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! His name is Ace. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call (205) 942-1211 or visit gbhs.org.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham presents "A Night of Big Stars" at the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center on August 25th. This event is a fundraiser for BBBS so that we may continue to provide mentors to children in the Greater Birmingham area. The evening will consist of a seated dinner and a live, on-stage production. BBBS has partnered with ArtPlay, the newly expanded arts education and outreach program of UAB's Alys Stephens Center, to co-direct an onstage production showcasing BBBS's best talent. The production will consist completely of Littles in our program. The Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center is located at 1200 Tenth Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294. Tickets are $150 per person. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00 PM. The performance begins at 7:00 PM and will be followed by dinner. For tickets or more information, call (205) 939-5590 ext. 29 or visit www.bbbsbhm.org.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Baby Week wraps up as Jeh Jeh takes us to Babypalooza to check out all the great things you can find out about there! And a dog park coming to the area…. And you can be part of getting it here! We explain how you can put in some sweat equity this weekend! Author and speaker Don Yaeger joins us with his encouraging message! Mickey hangs out with his friends from the Birmingham Zoo! Plus, we check out your business headlines. Join us for all of this and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!