Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
ZOO CREW - Kelly Garrison joined us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mickey to a new animal. He met a Roadrunner. Roadrunners have been known to knock down low flying birds and bats for consumption. They can run up to 17 miles per hour. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to birminghamzoo.com.
JEH JEH LIVE - More than 7,000 Birmingham-area residents are expected to join the Heart Walk tomorrow to raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease and stroke – America's No. 1 and No. 5 killers. The annual event begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Uptown Entertainment District of downtown Birmingham, with the Walk starting at 8:30 a.m. The non-competitive, three-mile walk is open to all age groups and is pet-friendly. Before and after the walk, attendees can learn CPR, receive health screenings, enjoy heart-healthy snacks and take home fun freebies. The Kids Zone will also have vegetable planting, balloon art and face painting. The money raised from the Birmingham Heart Walk will help fund cardiovascular research and education. The American Heart Association funds more than $6 million annually in research in the state of Alabama. Heart disease and stroke are responsible for approximately 30 percent of all deaths each year in greater Birmingham, making it the leading cause of death and an issue that hits home for many Alabamians. The Heart Walk raises awareness that heart disease and stroke are largely preventable through a healthy diet and exercise. Alabama has some of the highest death rates in the nation concerning heart disease and stroke – 2nd only to the state of Mississippi. Recent data shows that heart disease and stroke hospitalizations in Jefferson County have significantly decreased by 42% over the past decade due to improved quality standards in hospitals, breakthrough research and increased education – the three main areas of concentration for the American Heart Association. Most forms of heart disease and stroke are largely preventable through a healthy lifestyle and regular visits to the doctor. Research has shown walking to be the single most effective form of exercise to achieve ideal cardiovascular health. Walking 30 minutes a day can improve critical numbers like weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. Walking is free, easy and accessible to most people, and walking is the form of exercise that people are most-likely to practice consistently. For more information and to register, visit birminghamheartwalk.org or call 205-510-1500.
BBJ - Mike talks with Ty West from the Birmingham Business Journal. They discuss the plans for roadwork around Interstate 20/59 through downtown Birmingham where the roadway has exceeded its life-span and needs repair. For more on these and other business stories, visit birminghambusinessjournal.com.
COMEDIAN - You've seen this high-energy, not-right comic on A and E's Evening at the Improv, Showtime, Comic Strip Live and much more. Steve McGrew is known as the King of Yallternative Comedy, The Atomic Comic, and The King of White Trash. From duct tape to yard-work McGrew's keen wit and wisdom is sure to hit home. For tickets or more information for this weekend's appearances, call the Comedy Club Stardome at 205-444-0008 or visit stardome.com.
SUPPLIER DIVERSITY TRAINING - Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Skye Connect Incorporated have partnered to present a one-day supplier diversity training entitled The Business Imperative of Economic Supplier Diversity with New Metrics and Strategies. The training will take place on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at BCRI. The training will be led by nationally recognized supplier diversity expert, Alice Gordon, CEO of Skye Connect Incorporated, along with Layle McKelvey, Supplier Diversity Manager from United Airlines. The cost is $295 for the day training, $185 for the half-day afternoon event and $79 to attend the reception only. Supplier diversity managers, human resource professionals, sourcing agents, procurement managers, small and medium size business enterprises, elected leaders and business executives are encouraged to attend the one day session. Details, agenda & registration available are now at bcri.org.Registered attendees will also have a chance to learn how to do business with United Airlines. United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 373 airports across six continents. More than 84,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. Skye Connect Incorporated is a vertically integrated firm in Birmingham focused on driving results and improving profitability via Crisis and Issue Management, Supply Chain Integration and Branding & Content Development.