Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama, June 23, 2015
JEH JEH LIVE
- Jeh Jeh joined us from the Virginia Samford Theatre. The VST invites you to enjoy one of the theatre's great musical classics and winner of five Tony awards. Con man Harold Hill poses as a boy's band organizer and leader who sells band instruments and uniforms to the naïve Iowa townsfolk. But Hill is no musician and plans to skip town with all the money. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees right through Hill and his antics, but when she sees him help her younger brother overcome his lisp and gain confidence, she falls hopelessly in love. Filled with memorable characters and songs, THE MUSIC MAN is a family favorite for all ages. The Music Man runs through July 5th on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30pm, on Saturdays at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, and on Sundays at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $30 or $35. For tickets or more information, call 205-251-1206 or visit
- Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us with a look at the trans fat ban and to find out if you will miss them when they're gone. What exactly are trans fats? Food manufacturers use a process called hydrogenation to take vegetable oils - which are mainly unsaturated - and turn them into solid fats like margarines and shortenings - which are saturated. They do this for two reasons. First of all, harder fats work better in foods like pie crust and biscuits. Secondly, harder fats are more stable at room temperature and are less likely to spoil. Sometimes manufacturers only partly hydrogenate oils instead of fully hydrogenating it. When that happens, trans fats are formed. These are fats that are technically unsaturated but they have been changed in the process. There are small amounts of naturally occurring trans fats in foods like meat and butter – but not much. The majority of the trans fats in our diets come from foods like microwave popcorn, crackers, and pre-made cakes, donuts and cookies. So why are they being banned? Years ago, researchers found that these trans fats, though unsaturated, were actually pretty bad for us – actually behaving worse than saturated fats in our bodies. They drive up the bad cholesterol that increases our risk of heart disease. They do the opposite to the good cholesterol in our bodies – driving them down, further increasing our risk of heart disease. Researchers have never really determined how much trans fats is too much. That's why you've never seen any specific recommendations on what your limits should be – or a daily value on the food label. How big of a difference will make on our health? That's probably the most important question since taking a food off of the "Generally Regarded As Safe" list, as the FDA officially did last week, essentially bans it from all food manufacturing. There were a lot of rumblings on social media about the interference of the government in our choices. The ban will decrease our intake of trans fats by 0.5%. Now that does not sound like a lot – but a little trans fat goes a long way. The estimated number of lives that will be saved - mainly by lowering heart disease deaths - is admittedly modest, but it could be as high as 22,770 lives saved. Many more cases of heart disease could be prevented. The numbers could be as low as a few thousand lives saved. But even that low number would be worth it if it were you! And it's not a particularly burdensome change for foods companies to make. Food companies will have three years to make the change in their foods that have trans fats in them. Many companies have already gotten rid of much of the trans fats in their foods. Will you miss them when they're gone? Probably not. There are easy alternatives to trans fats that won't change the taste or increase costs. Remember, Dunkin' Donuts famously dumped trans fats years ago and the donuts are still yummy. Most manufacturers will probably go with fully hydrogenated fats. They're not particularly healthy for you – but also not as bad as the trans fats. Some may use the vegetable oils without any hydrogenation. This could increase cost because oils are not as stable and spoil more quickly than harder fats.
- Stewart Welch joined us with an action plan to use if you experience identity theft! Our government recently notified more than four million government workers that China had hacked the Office of Personnel Management and stolen personal data. Hackers have breached the Pentagon; Home Depot, Target, Google, Apple, Yahoo, AT&T, eBay, J.P. Morgan Chase… too many major corporations to keep count. And many others we don't know about or who have not disclosed. Stewart beleives cyber security is the new frontier for thieves and one of the greatest threats to our way of life with online banking, credit cards, email, personal data collected and stored just about everywhere. This leaves us exposed and vulnerable to hackers. So what should you do if your personal information gets stolen? Here's a summary the four-step guide from the government web site
1. Call the companies where the theft occurred. Immediately call the fraud department and have them freeze or close your account. You'll also want to change your login and password. This will stop the financial bleeding.
2. Place a fraud alert and get your credit report. You can call any one of the credit reporting bureaus to place a fraud alert:
You'll only need to file a report to one of these agencies since they are required to notify the other two. This is a free service and you'll want to look for a letter from each agency confirming that the alert has been placed on your account. This will significantly reduce the likelihood of a thief opening a new account in your name. You'll also want to get a copy of your credit report so that you can view any activity that has taken place that you did not authorize. Remember, you get a free credit report every twelve months. However, if you are a victim of fraud, you can get a free report without having to wait for your twelve month cycle. These reports can take some time so if you're willing to pay a small fee, you can get an instant report. Visit
or call 877-322-8228
3. File a theft report with the Federal Trade Commission - FTC. You can file your complaint online or call 877-438-4338. The FTC will use your information to complete your Identity Theft Affidavit which you'll want to print out and save. You can also use this site to update your affidavit should you become aware of other items.
4. File a report with your local police department. Local police may be unfamiliar with this process so you'll need to be prepared by showing them:
a. FTC's Memo to Law Enforcement – Available at the
website, this memo provides police the reason the report is necessary and the basics of data that should be included in the report.
b. Have a copy of your Identity Theft Affidavit.
c. Have a government issued ID with photo.
d. Be prepared to provide proof of your address. A Utility bill, mortgage statement or rental agreement should suffice.
Be sure to get a copy of the police report. Combining the Identity Theft Affidavit and the police report together create your Identity Theft Report which you can use to prove to businesses that someone stole your identity. It also guarantees you certain rights. For more information, visit
ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER
- "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" is back with a new class! Reagan is one of the students. She enjoys singing, dancing, chess and skating. Reagan loves to sing and has performed the National Anthem before a Memphis Grizzlies basketball game. Reagan loves mysteries and she loves to read Nancy Drew. She plays softball and kickball and has put soccer next on her list to play. One of the biggest moments of her life was meeting Taylor Swift. Learn more about Reagan at
Unlike the typical game show that measures intelligence, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? tests adults' lack of knowledge – as revealed by how much they've forgotten since their grammar school days, proving that older doesn't always mean wiser. Whether they are doctors, lawyers, pilots or military personnel, the grown-ups will need the help of these real-life fifth graders, as they are asked 11 increasingly difficult grade-school questions, covering 10 subjects taken from first-through-fifth grade textbooks. If a player correctly answers the first 10 questions, he/she can answer a sixth grade question worth $1,000,000. Catch "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" on FOX6 on Tuesday nights this summer.
- Fred Spicer, Executive Director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, joined us to discuss Flicks Among the Flowers. Tomorrow you can catch "Ghostbusters" and on July 15th catch "Top Gun." Movies will begin at sunset, gates open at 6pm. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Bring your blanket and enjoy movie and food from the The Gardens Cafe. For more information, visit
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