Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for February 25, 2014:
JEH JEH LIVE - The Sixteenth Annual Red Diamond Vulcan Cup will be held the first two weekends in March. The Boys' Tourney will be March 1-2 and the Girls' Tourney will be March 8-9. 311 teams from across the nation have been accepted into this premier soccer tournament, many of them state finalists or state champions. The 2014 Red Diamond Vulcan Cup total economic impact will be $7,640,000 (Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau) over the two-week period of the tournament. 5,500 athletes compete in the tournament. While they're here they'll stay in hotels, eat in Birmingham's fine restaurants, shop round town, & buy gas. This tournament yields a huge boost to our local economy every year. Over the past sixeen years the Red Diamond Vulcan Cup has pumped well over $76 million into the local economy. Approximately 22,000 people will attend the Red Diamond Vulcan Cup. in 2014. Soccer is a family affair and these teams bring planes and vans full of moms, dads, siblings, cousins, friends and other relatives. Games run all day both Saturdays and until midday Sunday, at which time most divisions have a championship game. Top teams from Ohio, Indiana and throughout the Southeast will compete with our region's own top notch teams. Hundreds of volunteers put in well over 5,000 volunteer hours to make the Red Diamond Vulcan Cup happen every year. During those two weekends, these volunteers serve as Birmingham's ambassadors to visitors from around the country. The Red Diamond Vulcan Cup will be held over two weekends at six venues throughout Jefferson and Shelby counties.
BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us to explain when weight loss goes too far... Recently, the cybersphere was abuzz with the extreme weight loss of the most recent biggest loser, Rachel Frederickson. At 5'4", she started out at 260 pounds and dieted and exercised her way down to 105 pounds. She is now technically underweight. Many experts have been weighing in on all sorts of issues: is she too thin? Is the Biggest Loser a dangerous show that encourages extreme measures to lose weight? Is Rachel in physical danger with her weight loss? While the whole discussion feels voyeuristic and none of our business, going on a national program to lose weight makes you fair game for vocal public scrutiny. There are good reasons to be concerned about the amount of weight she lost but it is a competition and she made a nice chunk of change by losing so much. The big question now is how will she handle it? Many of the biggest loser winners gain back some weight but keep off an impressive amount. If Rachel can gain back a little weight and then stay at a healthier weight, then the damage done both physically and psychologically will be minimal. Many people are concerned about her physical well-being - but I doubt she has done serious, long-term damage. My biggest concern is how restrictive is she being to maintain this weight?
Long-term, overly restrictive diets can be damaging. Restrictive dieting can lead to:
· Eating Disorders. Studies show that overly restrictive diets where you have to severely restrict how much and what foods you eat can lead to disordered eating behaviors - including anorexia and bulimia.
· Nutritional deficiencies. A lack of protein can lead to hair loss. Add vitamin and mineral deficiencies to that and you could be at risk for anemia, osteoporosis, fatigue, and a host of other problems.
· Frailty. Being too thin is a big problem in older people leading to falls, broken bones, and malnutrition. Low body weight can actually be linked with an icreased risk of dying.
Some of the bigger issues surrounding this controversy is the mixed messages our society sends to people - particularly people in the public eye - who are overweight. It's "lose weight", "be thin", "thin is attractive, fat is ugly". But then when they lose too much weight, the criticism gets piled on again with "she's too thin", "she needs help", "she looks terrible". Yet, the images of models and actresses continues to be very thin. The men are all super fit and muscular. As this controversy over this contestant and shows and programs like the Biggest Loser continues, we may need to look at the messages these programs send and our expectations as a society.
The best advice for losing weight is:
· Realistic Expectations: a 5-10% weight loss over 6 months to a year is considered to be successful weight loss!
· Avoid Extreme Diets: avoid very low calorie levels (below 1500 a day) unless it is medically necessary and medically supervised
· Avoid Diets the Exclude Certain Foods. Again, unless medically necessary (as in celiac disease), completely cutting out any food can lead to binging on that food
· Exercise. While I like that the biggest losing focuses on physical activity, few people can maintain that level of activity
· Expect a Little Weight Regain. It's really normal to regain some of the weight you lost. People tend to be competitive and losing weight every week feels like a big achievement - which it is. But at some point you have to stop. Many people keep losing more weight than is right for them simply because it gives them almost a "high". Switching into maintenance mode is hard - expect a little regain and focus on minimizing it and finding the weight you can maintain with reasonable - not extreme - efforts.
MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joined us to explain how to prevent identity theft when someone dies. A deceased person can become an easy target of identity theft and wreak havoc on surviving family members. The best defense is to immediately send a certified letter to all three credit bureaus and request that their account be tagged "Deceased. Do not issue credit." This can be done by either the surviving spouse or the estate representative of the deceased. A spouse should include a copy of his or her marriage certificate and the estate representative should include a copy of his or her affidavit of representation of the deceased's estate. In the letter, you'll need to include the deceased's name, Social Security number, most recent address, date of birth, date of death and a copy of the death certificate. Be sure to retain a copy of all three letters for your files. For a sample letter, visit the Resource Center at www.WelchGroup.com; click on 'Links'; then 'Credit Report Bureaus - Notification of Death Letter'.
STUART GOLDSBY ARCHERY LESSON - Stuart R. Goldsby is the Regional Hunter Education Coordinator for Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. He discussed archery and shows Mike how to use the bow and arrow to hit the target. They discuss the Alabama Archery program in schools and the Archery Tournament season coming up soon. For more information call Outdoor Alabama's Wildlife section 334-242-3469, Enforcement section 334-242-3467, Fisheries section 334-242-3471, or visit outdooralabama.com.
ASK THE ANGLER - Reed Montgomery answered viewer questions about fishing. You can contact him with your questions at (205) 663-1504 or on his website fishingalabama.com - there you can find lake reports, fishing tips, upcoming events, and more.
GARDENING - Jimmy Rockett showed us container herb gardening with a stacked set of pots to minimize space. Jimmy recommends that you start with a big clay pot then take a smaller one and set it upside down in the big fly pot. Then take a pot smaller than the big clay pot and set it on top of the one that is upside down. Repeat the process until you get a 3 tier pots. Fill them with light fluffy potting soil and plant your favorite herbs. Jimmy recommends the sanctuary 3`3`4 organic fertilizer for your herbs. Remember, if you use rosemary, use the kind that hangs over. it will be much easier to control and help to keep the pot organized. Also, if any of the herbs die or are not looking good, simply reach in and pull out the bad herb and replace with something else. He recommends that you always trim on your herbs whether you are pinching off for use or not. This will keep them looking neat. For more information, call Jimmy at (205) 981-1151, email him at email@example.com, or visit www.jimmyrockett.com.
JENNIFER BEALS - Jennifer Beals has been one of Hollywood's freshest and most beautiful faces for over 30 years - she was named one of People Magazine's 50 most beautiful people in 2011. She has also maintained a successful acting career, as well as being a mother, women's rights activist, and passionate open water swimmer.
Having just turned 50 years old, Jennifer has kept an appearance that makes her appear as young as she was when she made her big screen debut thirty years ago and her skin looks better than ever. Like women everywhere, she sought out ways to achieve great skin without having to give up her love of spending time outdoors doing one of her favorite hobbies - spending time in the water. Jennifer shared with us her must-know tips to creating and maintaining a skincare regimen that works. In honor of the 30th anniversary of Flashdance, Jennifer discusses her life then vs. now and what she is currently involved in for 2014.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we look at how you can overcome weight loss resistance. If you're trying everything and still having trouble, JJ Virgin joins us with her New York Times bestseller The Virgin Diet and her cookbook that goes with it to explain how food allergies, food sensitivities, and other food intolerances can impact you! The Veterinarian joins us to take your questions about your pets so get ready to call the pet doctor! Mickey takes us to visit with his friends at the Birmingham Zoo. Jeh Jeh brings us music from a local choir, and the folks from Aldridge Gardens join us with a look at what's coming up there soon! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama.