Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for October 1, 2013:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us with Red Rock Tuesday. He joined us from Moss Rock Preserve this morning in Hoover. For more information on the many hiking trails and future plans, visit http://www.redrocktrail.org/.
BETH K - FDA approves whole grain claim - but with a wordy disclaimer! You've seen those health claims on foods - Cheerios and heart disease, nuts and heart disease, and oatmeal and cholesterol. To get permission for those claim, food companies have to petition the FDA with what claims they want to make and the evidence supporting those claim. Back in 2012 ConAgra foods filed a petiion with the FDA to put a claim on whole grain foods claiming that they may help lower the risk of diabetes. Well, the FDA granted their request - sort of. These types of claims always come with qualifying statements - but the one for the whole grains/diabetes claim is a doozy. Despite ConAgra's suggestion of very different wording, here's what the FDA approved: "Whole grains may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes however the FDA has concluded that there is very limited scientific evidence for this claim". So, whether this claim will help sell food is questionable at best. And, as with other claims, the foods bearing this claim will have to fall within the limits of saturated fat, trans fats, and also provide a reasonable amount of key nutrients. The FDA has not set a limit for exactly how much whole grain has to be in the food but will be monitoring foods for misleading uses of the claim.
One of the big issues the FDA has with the claim is that, while many studies have examined whole grains and diabetes, the definition of a while grain is often not well defined. If the components of the grain have been separated and added back separately, then the grain may not have a beneficial effect on blood sugar. However, it is still a good idea to choose healthy whole grains that you like. Here's how you can do it:
· Look for breads and cereals that list "whole" grain first
· Choose brown rice when you can
· Look for low sugar oatmeals or make it the old fashioned way and add only the amount of sugar you need
MONEY TUESDAY - In these times of economic chaos, people are not sure where to turn for help in navigating the financial headwinds. Well, help is just around the corner and it's free! All across the nation, professional financial planners are celebrating Financial Planning Week by offering free advice to anyone seeking answers to their most perplexing questions. In addition, a number of financial planners will speak on a variety of topics. In Birmingham, the Financial Planning Association of North Alabama will host a Financial Planning Expo this evening at the Homewood City Hall Building in Rosewood Hall (2850 19th Street, Homewood, AL) from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is your opportunity to have a 30-minute one-on-one consultation with a financial planner at no cost. Area planners promise to give you their best advice with no strings attached fielding questions regarding your personal circumstances including such areas as solving debt problems, how to pay for college, foreclosure assistance, successful investing in a low-interest-rate environment, how to maximize Social Security income, managing health insurance costs, reducing taxes, long-term care planning, and retirement strategies. And these are just a few of the topics they're prepared to cover. If you have financial questions, they have answers! Your visit will be held in the strictest confidence. If you want to take advantage of these services here's what to do:
· Come for the entire program or feel free to pick and choose among speakers' topics that interest you. Each presenter will speak for approximately thirty minutes and then be available to answer your questions pertaining to that topic for an additional 15 minutes. The goal is to allow ample time for you to ask your questions.
· For one-on-one private sessions, the FPA will set up tables manned by experienced financial planners. You need only show up and you'll be escorted to one of the tables for your private consultation. To receive the most benefit from your private consultation, be sure to bring any supporting data such as credit card statements, loan agreements, your last will & testament, financial statements, investment statements or insurance policies. Financial planners will be available to visit with you for 30-minute sessions.
Here are the speakers' topics:
4:00 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. "The Changing Landscape of Long-Term Care- Are You Prepared?" presented by Babs Hart, CLTC. Insurance companies have raised premiums as much as 58% on existing policyholders. Learn your best strategies whether you currently own LTC insurance or are considering buying coverage in the near future.
4:55 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. "Forging Your Financial Future", presented by Fergus Tuohy, CFP®, CRPC, CDFA. The future is bright if you know the right financial strategies. Learn what the pros are telling their clients to do now.
5:40 p.m. - 6:25 p.m. "Estate Planning: An Introduction to the Essentials" presented by Stewart Welch III, AEP, CFP. The estate planning laws have been completely overhauled. Learn what you need to do now based on these recent changes.
6:25 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. "Tips for Informed and Safe Investing", presented by Joe Borg, Director of the Alabama Securities Commission. Securities fraud rises during a poor economy. Learn how to protect yourself from would-be fraudsters.
7:10 p.m. - 7:55 p.m. "Real World Retirement Planning", presented by Steve Garrett, Sr., CFP®, MBA. Retirees have gotten a two-punch: a weak economy and historically low interest rates. Learn the best ways to invest in today's world.
Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to learn money-saving ideas from top financial planners in Alabama. When you're finished, treat yourself to dinner at one of the great restaurants in the Homewood area! For more information visit www.fpana.org.
HOOPS ON THE HAASEPHALT - Head coach Jerod Haase and the UAB men's basketball team will open the 2013-14 season in grand fashion with the second annual Hoops on the Haasephalt set for Friday, October 4th. The event, which will feature even more activities in its second year, will again take place on an outdoor basketball court. The court will be erected in the Lot 15A parking lot on UAB's campus in front of the Bell and Ullman buildings. This year's Hoops on the Haasephalt will feature activities for all ages, including a Kids' Zone with inflatables for children, games and prizes for UAB students as well as autograph sessions with the Blazers' men's and women's basketball teams. Both men's and women's hoops squads, as well as men's soccer and softball, will also be competing in a battle of the sexes dance competition choreographed by the UAB cheerleaders and Golden Girls. Food trucks from Full Moon BBQ, as well as The Cantina Mexican Restaurant, will be at the event, offering free food for UAB students. The UAB SAAC will also be hosting a can food drive and encourages fans to bring cans with them. Last year, over 2,600 people were in attendance for the first Hoops on the Haasephalt as people from Birmingham and surrounding areas witnessed a one-of-a-kind event. Haase, along with UAB athletic department officials, have worked to offer even more fun and activities for families, UAB students and local residents this year. All the action will begin at approximately 6 p.m. on Oct. 4 with a youth basketball game, followed by a wheelchair basketball exhibition from the Lakeshore Foundation at 6:15 p.m. The main event will get under way at 7 p.m. and promises to be a great show for fans in attendance. The 7 p.m. event will feature a half-court shot for tuition for one lucky UAB student as well as a 3-point competition and dunk contest. Haase will also make a grand entrance to the main event and will introduce the 2013-14 UAB men's basketball team. Haase will be joined by UAB women's basketball head coach Randy Norton, who will also introduce his squad. For more information on this year's Hoops on the Haasephalt log on to UABsports.com. You can also follow the Blazers and coach Haase on Twitter (@UABAthletics, @CoachJerodHaase) or Facebook (UAB Men's Basketball).
BLUFF PARK ART SHOW - The 50th annual Bluff Park Art Show is this weekend. It is Alabama's longest running art festival and brings in over 30,000 people to view the art of over 150 local and national artists. Voted a 2013 "Best of Birmingham" winner and one of Alabama's top 10 tourism events for 2013, this prestigious event is sponsored by the Bluff Park Art Association and held each year on the first Saturday in October. The show includes over 150 local and national artists displaying fine art for sale. Free admission and free parking and shuttle buses are available at Bluff Park United Methodist Church, Shades Mountain Independent Church, Shades Mountain Plaza, Bluff Park Village Shopping Center and Shades Crest Baptist Church. Follow the signs from I-65 exits at Alford Ave. and Tyler Rd. Refreshments and food are available. Bring the kids to enjoy some hands on art fun! Proceeds from the show are used to support the arts in the Greater Birmingham area, including scholarships. For complete details, visit http://www.bluffparkartassociation.org/.
GARDENING - Sandra Reaves joined us to discuss fall gardening. 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.
HOT STRINGS - The 4th annual Hot Strings is about music, food, fun, family, friends, and it all benefits The Foundry. Hot Strings is a fun, family-focused event ideal for clients, customers, or employee appreciation. We will offer fantastic musicians and bands, activities for kids including our Wal-mart kid's fun zone, and many local choices for Great Food. Hot Strings is alcohol free and directly supports The Foundry's recovery programs. We offer sponsorship opportunities, including packages that can be tailored to accommodate your company's specific needs. For complete details, visit hotstrings.org for more information. Matthew Mayfield performed on the show this morning. He is one of the musicians performing at the event. He is an American singer-songwriter from Birmingham. Also performings: Act of Congress, Three on a String and Mandolin Orange. The event is Sunday, October 6th from 12-6p.m., at Colonial Brookwood Villiage.
NEW IN BOOKS - Susan Swagler writes about about books at her "Turn the Page" blog and in Birmingham Magazine. She introduced us to books perfect to cozy up to a good read. Revisit old literary friends, and make new ones-while you rediscover or discover some little-known American history. Learn how to take better photos of your kids, and share a thoughtful book with your young-adult readers. Get cozy (and learn a few things) with these titles. Today she introduced us to
The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly
The Road from Gap by Robert Morgan
Capturing Every Day Life by Jane Goodrich
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, are you ready for a Fiesta? Jeh Jeh checks out the big event coming up this weekend! Best selling author of "Eat, Pray, Love" Elizabeth Gilbert joins us with her latest! We talk wound care with our doctor and you get your chance to call in with questions! What's going on at the Birmingham Zoo this fall? We find out as we take you there tomorrow! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!