Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama for July 22, 2014:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Five Points West Library (4812 Avenue W Birmingham, AL 35208) for the 8th Annual Ujima Math and Science Fun Day this Saturday beginning from 1pm-4pm. For more information, including camp fees, schedule, etc, call 205-701-1373 or visit www.mathsciencefun.org.
MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joined us with the second part of his 10 tips for college students - a financial checklist.
6. You'll likely get bombarded with credit card offers in the mail. Companies know that the students will use, and often abuse the cards only to eventually be bailed out by parents. Having a credit card is a good idea because it helps you get a head start on establishing your credit history. Just make sure you don't establish a ‘bad history' by misusing or abusing the cards.
7. If you get funds from student loans, be sure to deposit the money in a money market account so that it is earning at least some interest.
8. Identity theft is a multi-billion dollar business and you'll want to make sure that you don't become a victim. The typical college students have roommates, suite mates and other students roaming through their housing. Be sure to keep all of your passwords, bank account statements, and credit cards well guarded.
9. Get a part-time job. Even if you don't need the money, this is still a good idea. Start by speaking with your professors and department-heads.
10. Network with abandon. Building relationships is just as important as getting a college education. Stewart's advice is to ‘be a joiner' and active participant in as many organizations as time and interests allow.
For more information or the first five pointers, visit www.welchgroup.com.
BETH K - If you're struggling with weight loss, one habit you may want to change is sleep. UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin explains how more and more researchers are looking at how sleep deprivation may be a contributor to increased weight. While simply sleeping more won't melt the pounds away, it may help you eat a little less, be more active, and hold on to muscle mass. Let's first define healthy sleep and sleep deprivation. Healthy People 2020 sets 7 hours as the healthy sleep goal for adults. Research shows that about 30% of workers often sleep 6 hours or few a night – and this is defined as sleep deprivation.
This is how sleeping 6 or fewer hours a night can affect your weight:
• Increased Appetite: Your hunger hormones may change and make you hungrier and crave high calorie foods.
• Less Calorie Burning: Because you're tired, you may be more sedentary, burn fewer calories, and lower your metabolic rate- calorie burning at rest.
• Increase Fat Storage and Decrease Muscle. Less sleep may make you burn energy differently and cause undesirable changes in body composition – that balance of fat and muscle.
So, what can you do? Getting more sleep isn't always easy. You may burn the candle at both ends because of time commitments or you may suffer from insomnia. Visit the National Sleep Foundation's website at sleepfoundation.org for tips on how to get a good night's sleep. Here are some of their tips and tricks if you struggle with sleep:
1. Stick to the same bed and wake time – even on the weekends. Sticking to a sleep schedule can help keep your wake/sleep rhythms set.
2. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. Turn off the computer, your phone, exciting TV shows and the bright lights. Relax by reading meditating, stretching or taking a warm bath.
3. Avoid naps – especially in the afternoon. Naps may keep you from falling asleep at night.
4. Exercise Daily. This can be tough if you are tired from sleep deprivation. But exercise can decrease stress and, if you exercise outside during the day, the sunlight can help keep your wake/sleep set just right!
5. Evaluate Your Room. The temperature should be between 60 and 67 degrees, dark, and free from distractions. You should also have a comfortable mattress and pillows for sleeping.
6. Light/Dark. Getting sunlight during the day and then avoiding bright light in the evening keeps your circadian rhythms on track!
7. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy meals in the evening.
8. If you can't sleep, go to another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired. You don't want to associate your bed or bedroom with the frustration of not being able to sleep.
For more information, visit www.sleepfoundation.org.
GARDENING - Jimmy Rockett from Bug Juice Gardens joined us with a look at what's great to plant today! He says that even though it is mid July, there are still plenty of great summer days ahead to enjoy flowers. Most garden centers know this and are getting fresh flowers in reguarly. The flowers that you planted back in the spring may have died due to too much water, not enough water, insects or disease. But it is still a great time to enjoy the colors of summer. Jimmy says lots of insects are chewing away so he recommends using an application from Bayer Advanced 3. He says one insect disease control will go a long way. Jimmy also recommends you use the sanctuary organic fertilizer. He says its readily available for the plants and doesn't have as much salt to dry out the soil. Remember to make sure when you pull out the dead plants to grab some of the existing soil too and add more great potting soil back to it. For more information, call Jimmy at 205-981-1151, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.jimmyrockett.com.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Alabama native and best selling author Harper Lee lived a very private life. One of the few people she opened up to joins us in the studio with her new book. Can your kids see the board when they return to class next month? The eye doctor joins us to take your questions and offer some pointers. Weatherly's going to be jealous! Mickey hangs out with monkeys at the Birmingham Zoo! And find out how you can enjoy music under the stars... in the garden! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!