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Good Day Alabama for September 17, 2013

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for September 17, 2013:

JEH JEH LIVE - Oak Mountain Bmx is hosting the 2013 State Championship on September 20th-22. It includes some fast, high flying racing action for ages 2 year olds and up! This is a family friendly sport and event! For complete details, visit

YOUTH LEADERSHIP - The Alabama Youth Leadership Program is an organization that makes it possible for high school students to go to college because of their leadership skills. State schools offer scholarships through the program. For more information, visit

WILDLIFE EXPERT - Stuart Goldsby is the Regional Hunter Education Coordinator for Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. He discusses teaching the first time shooter for gun safety and respect. He says check for dominant eye of shooter, always use eye and ear protection, only practice in a known safe range or location, follow Firearms Safety Commandments, & use easy close targets for beginners. For more information call Outdoor Alabama's Wildlife section 334-242-3469, Enforcement section 334-242-3467, Fisheries section 334-242-3471, or visit

3 MILLION MILE CAR - On June 30, 1966, Long Island, New York native Irv Gordon purchased a cherry red Volvo P1800, and he's been driving that car ever since. From his long, daily commute to work every day, to impulsive cross country trips to check out a new diner, over the last 40+ years Irv has driven all over the United States (multiple times) in that car. He celebrated his one-millionth mile in 1987. In 1998, at 1.69 million miles, he was awarded the Guinness World Record for most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle, and breaks his own record every time he goes for a drive. In 2002, Gordon turned his two-millionth mile driving down Times Square in a star-studded celebration. Now, the 74-year-old is about to drive his three-millionth mile - a milestone that no other person has come close to achieving. Irv traveled to Alaska (one of only two states he's never been to) to drive his three-millionth mile later today. For more information, visit:

BETH K - Think you need to eat breakfast to lose weight? If you answered "yes" then you're not alone. Most people believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and a necessity for weight loss. The problem is this: no study has ever shown this to be true. Now, many studies - possibly too many - have shown that there seems to be a relationship between eating breakfast and having a healthy weight. But no one has ever conducted the type of study that shows if eating breakfast actually plays a role in causing weight loss. The question we need answered is this: if you are overweight, will eating breakfast help you lose weight? Now, a team of researchers, led by UAB's Andrew Brown PhD, has actually published an evaluation of 92 studies that have looked at the link between breakfast and obesity in the online version of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Here's what they concluded:
 ·      The studies' results exaggerated their findings. In fact,
·      There are too many studies that repeatedly study this same topic in exactly the same way - to the point where nothing new is added to our knowledge by doing the same thing over and over again. In others words - we get it - there's an association between breakfast and obesity.
·      Someone needs to take the obvious next step and do the kind of study - a randomized controlled trial - that can show if eating breakfast is actually beneficial for weight loss.
The good news is, someone is taking that next step. You guessed it - UAB researchers, led by David Allison PhD, is leading a multi-center randomized controlled study of about 300 people to answer this question. We should hear about the results in 2014. But this problem of exaggerated and unfounded claims abound in nutrition. Other areas where the evidence does not back up some strongly held beliefs?
·      Vegetarian diets: many studies show a correlation or association between vegetarian diets and a variety of health outcomes. Studies has shown eliminating meat from your diet causes improvements in health.
·      Red meat and cancer: see above - same thing - lots of correlational studies but no strong studies that show cause and effect.
·      High fructose corn syrup - see above!!!!
·      Artificial Sweeteners  
Back to the breakfast issue. What should you do? Most likely, everyone is different and you have to see how you feel. If you skip breakfast and feel a slump or feel hungry all day and overeat as a result (as I do) then you probably need to make breakfast a priority. But if you find that skipping breakfast doesn't make you feel hungry or increase your appetite later on, then no harm in skipping it. The best thing to do is keep a food record for a few days. Eat breakfast a few days and see how you feel and how you eat. Then skip breakfast a few days and record how you feel and how you eat.

MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joined us with a closer look at probate and how to avoid it.He says a Revocable Living Trust is a trust that you set up during your lifetime but retain the right to make any changes you wish while you are alive and competent.  At death, the trust becomes irrevocable.  In most cases, after you have signed the revocable trust documents, you'll want to transfer all of your assets into the name of the trust.  To the extent that you accomplish this, at your death, the trust assets will not be subject to probate.  In most cases, transferring assets into your trust is a fairly simply matter.  For example, changing your bank account to your revocable living trust simply requires presenting the bank with evidence of the existence of your new trust and then completing a bank form showing change of ownership.  You will continue to use your Social Security number for tax purposes and any interest or dividend income will continue to be reportable on your personal tax return.  Transferring real estate into your trust is slightly more complicated but can easily be accomplished with the assistance of your attorney.  The biggest single mistake people make when using a revocable living trust is not transferring their assets into the name of the trust.  To the extent you fail to do so, those assets may be subject to probate.  Because this is often the case, you'll need a will in addition to your revocable living trust.  This will is often called a 'pour-over' will because it says that any assets not already owned by your trust will pour-over to your trust at death.  The costs associated with drawing a revocable living trust is a bit more than your typical will because it takes more time from the attorney particularly if he or she helps with transferring assets into your trust.  These costs may be more than offset based on eliminating or minimizing probate costs at death.  For those of you who are not familiar with probate, it is a court administered process whereby, at death, a probate judge makes certain that your debts are paid and your assets are transferred to your heirs according to your last will and testament.  If you die without a will, called dying intestate, the probate court, based on the rules established under state law, determines for you who will receive your assets.  If you own property in more than one state, the revocable living trust can avoid you having to probate your estate in multiple states…potentially saving a lot of money, time and aggravation!  One added advantage of a revocable living trust is that it maintains the privacy of your financial assets.  Probate is a public process where anyone who is willing can review your probate documents by visiting the probate court.  With technology today, often this can be done on-line.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama,  Terry McMillan - author of "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" - brings us her latest novel!Jeh Jeh rides a bull at the Tannehill Rodeo! The children's doctor joins us to take your questions about your kids and their health! And we check out the best in the Hollywood news with our Gossip Mom in the  Best in Buzz! Mickey takes us to the Birmingham Zoo to visit with his latest friends! And we check out the latest happenings at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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