Good Day Alabama for November 5, 2013 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for November 5, 2013

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for November 5, 2013:

JEH JEH LIVE- Jeh Jeh joined us with Red Rock Tuesday. He joined us from Clay to showcase Cosby Lake Park  (6259 Old Springville Road, Clay, AL 35126) this morning. The Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System will connect existing trails and parks connecting our communities while improving the health, economy, and quality of life for our region. Cosby Lake Park has become the heart of the community and hosts over 30,000 visitors a year. Visitors enjoy the lake for its walking trail and boardwalk, fishing, canoeing, and beautiful scenery that is commonly dotted with local picnickers. It is a beautiful time of year to see the park with the changing leaves reflecting off the lake! For more information on the many hiking trails and future plans, visit

BETH K- Ever tried to lose weight only to gain it all back? Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us this morning with details on a new study you can join to help you with the whole process. Researchers have known for years that keeping weight off is much harder for people than losing weight. In fact, successful long-term weight is a 3-phase process:
1. Weight loss
2. Transition to maintenance
3. Keeping it off
One of the things that makes keeping weight off so hard is that the skills that are critical for weight maintenance may be different than the skills for losing the weight. In other words, once you've lost the weight, you probably need to develop a whole new set of skills to keep the weight off. In fact, a recent study found that the behaviors associated with weight loss were different in 1,165 adults when they compared weight loss to weight loss maintenance. For example, during weight loss, limiting the sugar in your diet, eating healthy snacks, and not skipping meals were related to losing the weight, but not to keeping the weight off. Exercise does not seem to be associated with weight loss but does seem to be related to keeping the weight off.  Because we have so many questions about how to successfully keep weight off, UAB researchers are conducting a study to try to shed some light on this big problem and you may want to help them out.

To join the ImWell study, you must be: 21+ years old , overweight or obese (BMI>28), not in another weight loss study or program, not lost more than 10 pounds in past 6 months, willing to commit to a 16-month weight loss program, able to attend weekly group sessions at UAB, & no history of weight loss surgery. The study is called ImWel (for Improving Weight Loss) It's a lifestyle intervention focused on dietary changes, increased physical activity, and other behavioral strategies associated with successful weight loss.  Participants will meet in groups with trained intervention staff (registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, behavior change experts) who will provide information and support throughout the evidence-based program.  While everyone will receive the initial, 16-week weight loss program, participants must lose at least 5% of their body weight to be in maintenance part of the study which lasts for 12 months! This will involve random assignment to one of two extended care programs designed to promote weight loss maintenance and reduce weight regain.  To volunteer or for mor einformation, call (205) 975-7108 or email

- Where is your 401k? Would you know what to do if you needed to move it? Stewart Welch joined us this morning with some great advice on 401Ks from people who's employers are swaping from one system to another to advice for everyone to check. Stewart says it is not unusual for a company to change providers of employee benefits.  In fact, companies would likely benefit from periodically having their benefit plans reviewed and re-quoted.  Many times the existing provider will offer more competitive pricing on existing benefits.  With a 401k plan, often the new provider will attempt to 'map' over investments from the old plan to 'best fit' similar investments under the new plan.  For example, if under your old plan you are invested in a U.S. stock fund, the new provider will transfer those assets to a U.S. stock or stock index fund of the new plan.  In other cases, they may transfer to a cash account and expect you to make new investment decisions.  What's important for you to do is to take the time to review your investment options under the new plan and then invest according to your investment objectives.  While it forces you to spend some time you hadn't expected, it should be well worth the effort.  If you need assistance with these decisions, contact your Human Resources Department.  The plan provider will likely have an investment expert who can assist you.  Or contact your own investment advisor. For more information, visit

- Susan Swagler writes about about books at her "Turn the Page" blog and in Birmingham Magazine. She introduced us to books where you can fall for these books. Each of these books has an Alabama (or Birmingham!) connection. Each would make a lovely gift. Look for signed copies at our local bookstores. She introduced us to
     Pickett's Charge: A Novel by Charles McNair
     The Southern Pie Book by Jan Moon
     en masse:  Twenty Selected Paintings in an Ongoing Series by William Colclough Thomas
     The Governor's Lady by Robert Inman

GARDENING- Sandra Reaves joined us to discuss preparing your garden for winter. She also discussed some of our fall favorites - pumpkins & pecans! 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

- Alabama native Christy Jordan shared with us this morning 200 budget-conscious, kid-friendly, and quick meals to make in her new book "COME HOME TO SUPPER." These are the everyday meals that Christy most loves to cook and her family most loves to eat, and she serves them up with generous helpings of her folksy wisdom, gratitude, and lively stories.  The book is, at its heart, a celebration of the comforting, delicious food that memories are made of. Christy has a book signing event tonight at Books a Million at Brookwood Village starting at 7pm.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, wear your blue jeans to work to support babies and the March of Dimes! We explain how! And get your shopping done early at the annual Briarwood Christmas Shop! We check out some of the great gifts, artwork, jewelry, and more that you'll find there! Tomorrow is National Eating Healthy Day and Clare heads out to help with some Random Acts of Nutrition! See if you can catch up with her around town! And it's Diabetes Awareness Month and our doctor joins us to take your questions! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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