Good Day Alabama for October 9, 2013 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for October 9, 2013

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for October 9, 2013:

ZOO CREW-Mickey took a trip to the zoo this morning.  He was joined by Wes Garrison from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the giant otter. For more information, visit

CLARE LIVE- Clare Huddleston was live from the Walgreens at 5271 Ross Bridge Pkwy in Hoover for Weather Wednesday. The FOX6 Storm Warn Team and other FOX6 employees help you program weather radios today from 7am until 6:30pm to pick up the areas that you need most.  For more information, call (205) 988-9013.

GARDENING- It's fall and time to start worrying about your fall gardening! Bethany O'rear with the Alabama Coopertive extension agent joined us with some gardening advice. She discusses the agency's theory - Fall is for Planting - Right Plant, Right Place. She says fall is a great time for planting trees, shrubs, perennials because it gives the roots a chance to get established. But she says before planting, research what you plan to plant. Look at the function - what do you want the plant to do - screen, barrier, focal point, erosion control, noise and odor control. Aesthetically - what do I want the plant to look like - form, color, texture, Environmentally - what conditions does the plant need to grow?  What conditions do I have - sun vs. Shade, cold hardiness, heat tolerance, & drainage. For more information, come visit our Master Gardener Cooperative Extension booth  and ACES booth at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Plant Sale - October 19th and 20th .  Lots of great plants and a wealth of information.

ASK THE DOCTOR- Questions about diabetes? Dr. Colleen Donohue, a family medicine physician at Brookwood Primary Care joined us to discuss preventing and managing diabetes. Dr. Donohue answered questions about preventing diabetes through lifestyle changes, including diet, exercise and annual physical exams. She also discussed how to manage the chronic condition and available treatment options, including insulin pumps, injections and healthy diet. Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans (8.3% of the U.S. population). Among US residents, 18.8 million people are diagnosed each year, and 7 million people have diabetes and do not know it. The World Health Organization projects that diabetes deaths will double between 2005 and 2030. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States. It is also a major cause of heart disease and stroke. 80 Percent of Type 2 diabetes is preventable with lifestyle changes, including diet, exercise and annual physical exams. Some risk factors patients can control include obesity, inactive lifestyle and high blood pressure / cholesterol. Other risk factors like family history, increasing age and genetics are largely out of our control.

BELK PRIVATE SHOPPING EVENT- Want a night of private shopping, great deals, and fun prizes? The co-chairs for the Belk shopping committee-Avery Rhodes, Libby Holmes and Sandra Pugh joined us this morning with all the details. The 8th Annual Private Shopping Night to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama is Sunday, October 13 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Belk at The Summit. Tickets are $25.00 Each (tickets are 100% tax deductible).  You can order them online at or call (205) 996-5463.

COOKING - Michelle Roberts from Taste of Home Magazine showed us a recipe from the new "Recipes Across America" cookbook. She demonstrated the peanut salsa.  Recipes Across America is Taste of Home's newest cookbook that consists of more than 735 reader-submitted recipes from real home cooks around the country. It highlights the very best of America's regional flavors, so readers can savor the tastes of the United States without ever leaving the kitchen. The cookbook is divided by region, featuring the best dishes from the Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest and West. You'll find everything from quick supper ideas and colorful side dishes to impressive desserts and delectable drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). For more information or to get your copy, visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Howard Stern's popular sidekick Robin Quivers recently returned to work after a long illness. Now she shares her story and how she got better in a new book! She joins us live with that book! It's October and that brings Oktoberfest.... Plus everything pumpkin flavored! We check out the latest beers on the market with the fall flavors and how to know which you'll like best! In Our House, we check out all the new options in flooring and how to pick the best option for your needs! And we teach you how to nag less - we all know someone who nags family and friends so tune in for some pointers! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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