Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama on April 14, 2015:
JEH JEH LIVE - The Birmingham Children's Theatre Patrons Board hosts its family friendly event Curtain Call Ball. The Ball will feature music, a silent and live auction, gala -inspired food, art activities for kids, and interactions with costumed characters, culminating with a performance showcasing BCT productions on the MainStage. The Curtain Call Ball is this Saturday, April 18, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm . The Birmingham Children's Theatre MainStage is at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center - 1010 19th Street North, Birmingham. The Curtain Call Ball will help ensure that all children, regardless of means, will have the opportunity to experience the joy and educational benefits of live theatre. Proceeds from this year's event go directly to BCT's educational outreach programs including free or reduced price performance tickets and BCT's "Study Guide Live" where actors go into the classroom. With the support of the community, BCT's Curtain Call Ball, BCT will be able to continue to bring the magic of children's literature to life on stage. BCT provides more than entertainment: we have educated and enriched the lives of children across the State of Alabama through our productions since 1947. Today, over 50 percent of children who attend our performances are from culturally and financially underserved communities. Birmingham Children's Theatre exists to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of children through the magic of professional theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bct123.org.
BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin addresses new research published on a study about commercial weight loss programs in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers looked at the best studies on commercial weight loss programs – only randomized controlled trial - RCT's - were included. These are the kinds of studies that can show cause and effect. The randomized controlled trial's were at least 12 weeks or longer and compared diet program to control groups. Only 11 programs had adequate studies. The results:
- High intensity programs with self-monitoring, goal setting, nutritional counseling, education: Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, NutriSystem
- Self-Directed Programs: Atkins, Slim Fast, Biggest Loser, eDiets, Lost It!
- Meal Replacement diets: OptiFast, HMR, Medifast – showed weight loss after 4 to 6 months – there was only one long term study and it showed no difference in weight after a year.
- Best diets for long-term weight loss: Weight Watchers & Jenny Craig. NutriSystem lacked long-term studies. The weight loss in these groups was modest – 3 to 5% more than the participants in the control group. NutriSystem showed weight loss after 3 months but had no long term data.
Beth says the bottom line is commercial weight loss programs need more long term studies to help consumers decide if they are worth the investment! For more information, visit medicalnewstoday.com/articles/291932.php
MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch joined us to discuss bonds. He begin by looking at the outlook for bonds over the next three to five years. In investing, there are few things that are 'absolutes'. One is that if interest rates rise, the value of the bonds and bond funds you own will fall. The Federal Reserve has orchestrated low interest rates since the Great Recession of 2008. They've done this by pumping billions of dollars into our monetary system on a monthly basis - called quantitative easing - and by lowering the Fed Funds Rate to near zero - the rate that banks borrow from each other. The result has been historically low interest rates. The Federal Reserve discontinued their quantitative easing last year and they have announced that they expect to begin raising the Fed Funds Rate later this year. This certainly suggests that bonds and bond funds will face headwinds in the months and perhaps years ahead. It's also important to note that bonds or bond funds that are of lower quality and/or longer maturities will likely be more volatile than shorter term, higher quality bonds. He says you can considering a portion of your bond funds and reinvest in stocks or stock mutual funds. A good starting point would be a 60% to 75% allocation to stocks or stock mutual funds. With this amount of money, he prefers individual stocks over mutual funds so he can avoid the ongoing mutual fund fees. For bonds, based on Stewart's pessimistic view, he would stick with shorter-term higher quality bonds and bond funds. For more information, visit welchgroup.com.
REFRESH YOUR FRIDGE - Janice and Mike talked with Sprouts Farmers Market Nutritionist Janet Little for some pointers on refreshing your refrigerator. She showed us tips for spring cleaning your fridge naturally. If you're afraid to look inside your fridge these days, or if you have unidentified food items in contains jammed to the back of your fridge, it's time to do some spring cleaning. Yes it's a dirty job and it takes some time to do the job right. She showed s some easy tips to help you tackle this distained task. She said begin by emptying everything out of your refrigerator. Take this time to throw out your old condiments and replace them with new ones. She recommends you even remove the shelves and drawers. She showed us some natural cleaners to use on them or suggested using hot water and vinegar to disinfect and making baking soda into a past to scrub them clean. Once you get it all clean, restock it properly. She suggests separating your fruits and vegetables as the fruits give off gases that can breakdown other foods. Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. We offer a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers' growing interest in health and wellness. The newest Sprouts Farmers Market opens in our area this week. For more information, visit sprouts.com.
GARDENING - Jimmy Rockett shows us more great spring color for your garden! Jimmy reminds us that having summer color is fun and easy. Make sure you pick the appropriate spot for your flowers based on the lighting situation. He suggests using well drained beds or planting areas. Jimmy says he always amends the soil with some kind of composted material such as, soil conditioner or garden veggie soil by miracle grow. There are lots of varieties to chose from but Jimmy does say, if it is cheap, stay away from it. Read the label or inquire when getting your flowers for the mature height that your flowers are gonna grow. You would hate to plant something in the back of the bed that remains short and you would never see it. Use a good mulch around the flowers to help contain the moisture for hot summers. Pull weeds as you see them because they can take over quickly. For more information, call Jimmy at 205-981-1151, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit jimmyrockett.com.
RIVALS FOR WISHES - Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children ages 2½ to 18 diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Alabama is the local chapter that serves the state of Alabama – all 67 counties. It grants all kinds of wishes in four categories of wishes - "I wish to have," "I wish to go," "I wish to be," and "I wish to have." The Alabama chapter formed in September 2012 and in the first two years, it granted 273 wishes. It is on track to grant around 110-120 wishes this year. RIVALS FOR WISHES: Foes for a Year, Friends for a Night came from a desire to have an event that would appeal to everyone. For 365 days a year, this state is typically divided into one team or the other. But on this one night, it's time to call a truce in support of the critically-ill children of Alabama….and make wishes come true! It is designed to be an upscale tailgate party – gourmet stadium cuisine will be served at food stations. Athletic greats from UA and AU will be present including Jay Barker, Wesley Britt, Jeremiah Castille, Chris Donnelly, Jerry Duncan, Eli Gold, Barrett Jones, Antonio Langham, Cory Reamer, Wimp Sanderson, John Parker Wilson, Rod Bramblett, Randy Campbell, Gregg Carr, Joe Cribbs, Al Del Greco, Thom Gossom, Chris Gray, Mike Kolen, Chuck Person, Rob Shuler, Sonny Smith, Stan White, Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, and Steve Wallace. Wish kids and their amazing stories will be featured during the evening. The finale will be an exciting round of FOOTBALL FEUD - a la Family Feud - where select players face off in rounds of fun sports-related questions. The winning team will claim the title RIVALS FOR WISHES TEAM ALABAMA or RIVALS FOR WISHES TEAM AUBURN for 2015…..and the challenge will be on for RIVALS FOR WISHES 2016! Rivals for Wishes is this Thursday evening, April 16th, from 5:30pm-9:30pm at Regions Field. Tickets are $85 per person or $150 for a couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 205-254-WISH, email email@example.com, or visit alabama.wish.org.