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Good Day Alabama for March 25, 2014

MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joined us with a look at more his best strategies for retirement planning! Last week, we began a discussion of retirement planning strategies. He added to the discussion this week by explaining how you can save more money, start a new career, delay social security, invest in dividend-paying stocks, and annuitize a portion of your retirement cash flow. For more information on this and last week's tips, visit the Resource Center at
BETH K - How much time your kids spend with entertainment media is strongly tied to their weight.  The more time kids spend watching TV, the more likely they are to be overweight. The possible reasons are many. More television watching may mean more less physical activity. Watching television while eating may be related to "mindless eating" and eating more calories. Food advertising during children's programs is aggressive and effective and focus on sweet, high calorie foods like candy and sodas. But can parents influence, for the better, the effects of media on their kids?  UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin says a new study shows that the answer may be "yes". Researchers followed 112 mothers and 103 fathers of 213 children. They interviewed the children and their parents at ages five, seven, and nine and gave them physicals. They found that the children of mothers who did not monitor their entertainment viewing tended to be heavier at age seven than at age five. They also found that weight in general was more irregular over the whole study period with less motherly media monitoring. Fathers' media monitoring did not have any influence on their children's weights. The effects of the mothers' monitoring were independent of the parents' BMI, education, and income. So that means the media monitoring itself was related to lower body weight! This is an important study because it shows that parents may be able to influence their children's weight by actively monitoring and restricting how much time they spend watching TV and playing video games. There may be other good reasons to limit your children's media use. Studies show that too much media may also be linked to attention problems, eating and sleep disorders, and, of course, obesity.
Here is some advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics:  
     The American Academy of Pediatrics Media & Children Guidelines:
     · All entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under 2 years old
     · Have a "screen free zone" (no entertainment media in children's bedrooms and during dinner)
     · Limit Children & Teens to 2 Hours or Less of Entertainment Media (and that should be high quality)
     · Encourage Children to Play Outside, Read, and Play Games
     · Set an Example By Limiting Your Own Media Time
This study has its limitations. This was not the kind of study that can show cause and effect but there did seem to be a link between mothers' monitoring and their kids' body weights. The study was done in Oregon and most of the children were Caucasian so we don't know if these results apply other ethnic areas or geographic locations. Parents reported on their own behaviors and how much TV their children watched so they may not have provided completely accurate information.

JEH JEH LIVE - BCRI presents Numinousneoism by John Solomon Sandridge! Sandridge is a nationally acclaimed painter/sculptor. He was the first African American to secure a contract with Coco-Cola and produced many paintings used on various objects such as serving trays. Numinousneoism is a word Sandridge came up with to describe inspired art. Woolfolk Gallery. The BCRI extended the exhibit for one more week so this is your last week to see it! For more infomration, visit

WOLFGANG PUCK - Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck Is back with more ways to zest up our day with his new book - Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light, Delicious Recipes & Easy Exercise For A Better Life. World renowned chef Wolfgang Puck not only brings his signature charm and wide array of culinary expertise into every kitchen but also provides readers with the food and fitness plan that helped him go from being overweight and out of shape to fit and energetic. In his latest cookbook, Wolfgang Puck offers more than 100 health-conscious recipes that are full of flavor and simple to prepare including some modified classics from his earlier cookbooks and others that are brand new, with many of the recipes reflecting the food he cooks at home for his family and friends. With meal advice, fitness tips, and a techniques section, readers now have the ultimate toolkit to find healthy and flavorful food inspiration for each meal, including side dishes, snacks and desserts. This is not a diet or weight-loss book, according to Puck. Instead, it is "a lifelong way to cook, eat, and exercise for better health".

WOLF OF WALL STREET - Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter), THE WOLF OF WALL STREET has appeared on over 25 Top Ten lists. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a young stockbroker hungry for a life of non-stop thrills, where corruption is king and more is never enough. Based on an outrageous true story of American excess, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET features a "razor-sharp" (Claudia Puig, USA Today) script by Terence Winter and "wild, exhilarating performances" (Richard Brody, from Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie & P.J. Byrne. Mike got the chance to talk woth Byrne about the experience and the film. Byrne, who plays Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff, is a graduate of Boston College with a double major in finance in theatre.  His finance degree came in handy on set when Scorsese and DiCaprio would ask him questions about the subject matter during rehearsals. Byrne currently stars in the CBS drama Intelligence alongside Josh Holloway and Marg Helgenberger. In addition to his on-screen roles, Byrne also voices one of the lead roles in the Emmy- nominated Nickelodeon series, The Legend of Korra.

ASK THE ANGLER - Reed Montgomery answers viewer questions about fishing. you can contact him with your questions at (205) 663-1504 or on his website - there you can find lake reports, fishing tips, upcoming events, and more.

GARDENING - Temperatures are a bit cool out there this week but spring is officially here! And there are lots of early to mid blooming plants that will make your landscape beautiful. Jimmy Rockett says the redbud tree blooms a radiant purple bloom. It is a small tree and the blooms come first , then the leaves next. This tree has a variety called 'avondale redbud'. It is a compact blooming tree. The blooms stay up and down the trunk, rather than  branching outwards. Reiflers viburnum is a dwarf viburnum shrub. It grows to about 4 to 5 feet tall and wide as compared to some of the other types of viburnum plants. It blooms white and will make a stunning display in the landscape when planted in mass quantities. There are not any pests problems that bother these plants. All of the plants that Jimmy is showing today need some sun in order to thrive. And as always, he reminds you to research the plants you are desiring to make sure that your spot will fit the needs of the plant as they in time. Jimmy also recommends using the sanctuary organic base fertilizer as this will not affect the plants ph. It will help to open the soil up and create micro organisms which in turn will feed your plants. For more information, call Jimmy at (205) 981-1151, email him at, or visit

DAY OF PRAYER - First Priority prepares for the "Day of Prayer Over Students Across Alabama," proclaimed by Gov. Dr. Robert Bentley. Day of Prayer Over Students is Friday. First Priority will coordinate this prayer emphasis encouraged by Gov. Bentley's proclamation. The last Friday of this month, March 28, will mark the Ninth Annual Statewide Day of Prayer Over Students. At the request of First Priority, Governor Bob Riley proclaimed the First Statewide Day of Prayer Over Students in 2006. Since then, thousands of adults have been involved in both private and public prayer opportunities in spiritual support of students in Alabama. First Priority, joined by Moms in Prayer, will once again be coordinating this prayer emphasis encouraged by the recent proclamation of our current governor, Dr. Robert Bentley. There are multiple ways you, your church and community can get involved with Day of Prayer. To find out how, visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama: Does your busy schedule keep you from making healthy, home cooked meals? We have some alternative ways that you can get the job done! And you have no excuse not to by stylish anymore! Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe joins us with her new book - Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everday Glamour. The top nine American Idol contestants perform for your votes tomorrow night and we catch up with them as they prepare! We check in with the crew at Aldridge Gardens for the scoop on their upcoming up "Whispers from the Past." Our veterinarian joins us to take your questions about your pets! And Mickey takes us to the Birmingham Zoo! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama.

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