Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama for August 26, 2014:
JEH JEH LIVE- Jeh Jeh went to the 2014 Committed to a Cure Blood and Bone Marrow Registry Drive. It will take place Tuesday, Aug. 26 and Wednesay, Aug. 27, from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Bradley Lecture Center at Children's of Alabama -1600 6th Ave. S., Birmingham. The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's of Alabama, The American Red Cross and Be the Match bone marrow donor registry in this regional effort to add names to the national registry of those willing to donate bone marrow. Blood donations are also needed. This year's event has a football focus and participants are encouraged to wear their team colors to show their commitment to the cure. Bone marrow transplants are used as life-saving treatment for deadly cancers and blood disorders including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell disease. At Children's, 25 to 30 young patients require this life-saving procedure every year. But sadly, the number of children who need a bone marrow transplant far exceeds the number of prospective donors and patients who undergo the process of having a bone marrow transplant require multiple blood and platelet transfusions. The number of registered donors from diverse racial and ethnic heritage is especially low, although the need is high. The Committed to a Cure Blood and Bone Marrow Registry Drive seeks to increase the size of the entire marrow donor pool worldwide. Joining the registry is quick, easy and painless. Prospective donors need only complete the necessary paperwork and conduct a simple mouth swab. Upon completion, the individual's information is added to the registry as a potential donor match for a patient anywhere in the world. More information about the process is available at www.bethematch.org. For more information visit www.childrensal.org.
MONEY TUESDAY- Stewart Welch joined us to discuss finding the right financial planner for you. Financial planning can be helpful for everyone, regardless of your income or your experience handling money. Deciding on whom to hire is a key decision, akin to choosing a physician, accountant or attorney. Since you don't want to make this decision more than once, you want to make your choice very carefully. Stewart says to check their credentials. Your search should begin with advisors who are Certified Financial Planner™ certificants. He says to look for experience and strongly recommends you choose a CFP who has a minimum of 5 years experience in the financial planning field. There is no 'right or wrong' method of compensation but you must know how your financial planner is being paid so that you can review his or her recommendations in the proper perspective. A fee-only financial planner receives fees directly from the client and never receives commissions from the sale of products.With commission only the financial planner does not charge a fee for the planning work, but receives commissions from the sale of products recommended as a result of the planning work. Many financial planners charge a fee for developing your financial plan and then receive commissions if you buy products that they recommend. It's rarer, but some planners charge a fee for the planning work and then reduce that fee based on any commissions received from product sales. Ideally, when you choose a professional advisor, you will be selecting someone with whom you will work with for the rest of your life. To find a CFP certificant near you, visit www.CFP.net. For more advice on finding a financial planner, visit www.welchgroup.com.
BETH K - UAB nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us to explain the "Freshman 15" and if it's true or just a myth. She says most studies show that the average weight gain during college students' freshman year is around 2 to 3 pounds - far from the mythical 15!. Keep in mind, this average is including students who may have stayed the same or actually lost weight. Not everyone gains weight. One study showed that about 15% of the students lost weight. However, anywhere from 50 percent to 70 percent may gain weight. Of the students who gain weight, the average seems to be around 4 to 7 pounds. So the "Freshman 15" may be more like the "Freshman 5".
Beth also offered advice on avoiding student weight gain. She says compare calories. Many campus dining venues offer nutrition information online or at the counter. Pay attention and compare your choices to get a sense of how many calories are in various dining options. Keep healthy snacks in your dorm room like fresh fruit, raw veggies, nuts, and yogurt. Avoid mindless eating while watching TV and studying. Stay active - whether it's working out at the gym or walking to classes, the more active you are the less weight you will gain. Avoid taking the campus shuttle service when you can. Take advantage of campus programs. Don't obsess over weight. While avoiding weight gain is a good idea, college is also a time when students can start to feel bad about their bodies. Perceived peer pressure to be thin can result in disordered eating. So don't let dieting become obsessive. Focus on health - not having the perfect body.
SHRED-A-THON - A Special FOX6 on your side consumer alert this morning. Scam artists are targeting older adults. Bill Hawkins, Associate State Director for the AARP, explains how scam artists are posing as representatives with the AARP. AARP is often the target of impostors behind scams that attempt to prey on our members, and even on non-members.
Current scams in Alabama using AARP's name:
- Robocalls claiming that AARP is providing "free medical alert devices" — sometimes claiming on the advice of their doctors and/or with the promise of $3,000 in coupons.
This scam seeks your credit card information for shipping or activation fees for the "free" device. Recorded voice demands you "Push 1" to accept or "Push 5" to reject. DON'T push buttons on your phone. DO hang up! Live calls claiming they are from "AARP Member Advantages" will ask you to "verify your information," claiming that the US government "requires it" in order for you to get AARP membership benefits. DON'T give them any information! DO tell them you are reporting them to law enforcement and hang up!
Bill says AARP will never call you and ask for your membership, credit card, or any information that could be used for identity theft. AARP will never use robocalls to sell you a product. AARP only uses robocalls to inform members about invitations to community events or telephone forums, or to request member opinions through scientific surveys. NO personal financial information will ever be requested.
Tomorrow is your chance to bring old documents for us to shred for you.... for free! The Shred-a-thon will be set up in Birmingham on 1st Avenue South near Railroad Park. Come between 7am and 2pm. Please limit to three garbage bags per person and please don't include 3-ring binders, spiral binders, or any plastic, metal, or household trash. Also, consider bringing non-perishable food donations to go to the local food banks.
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.
COOKING - George Mcmillan, III of Foodbar demonstrated how to make Grilled Bayou La Batre hoppers and explained the Farm to Table Dinner he is hosting tomorrow night with Heron Hollow Farm. The ‘Farm to FoodBar' will include an array of dishes ranging from Fresh Dug Purple Potato Gnocchi, Grilled Bayou La Batre Hoppers, Pasture Lamb and Local Figs. Please contact Sara Modrall at 205-876-8100 to make a reservation.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, the veterinarian joins us to take your questions about your pets and their health! Enjoy a nice beard in the winter time? We look at the latest in facial hair trends for men! Mickey takes us on a trip to the Birmingham Zoo and we bring you the latest entertainment news! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!