Good Day Alabama: Sept. 23, 2015

Good Day Alabama: Sept. 23, 2015

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Karla Farish from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the pony. For more information, visit

JEH JEH @ SEE YOU AT THE POLE - See You at the Pole 2015 "UNITED," the Annual Global Day of Student Prayer, is today. All around the globe, in every time zone, millions of students will gather around their school's flagpole for a time of prayer for the 25th Annual See You at the Pole - SYATP. SYATP is a student-initiated, student-organized and student-led event. Before school, tens of thousands of students locally will join together at their school's flagpole in prayer for their friends, families, school, city, state and nation. This year's SYATP emphasis is "UNITED," taken from Acts 1:14 in the Bible. First Priority coordinated our state's efforts again this year. Students gather at their school's flagpole this morning to pray for their school, teachers, classmates, community and our nation. Community rallies are planned by local First Priority adult and student volunteers. Rallies will be held this evening. See You at the Pole is a student-initiated, student-led movement that started in 1990. It originated with one youth group, meeting at night at several schools in the community during a weekend retreat. SYATP brings students to their school flagpoles to intercede for their leaders, schools and families, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries. First Priority estimates 25,000-30,000 students across the Greater-Birmingham area will participate in SYATP this year. For more information, visit

TRUCK DRIVER SAFETY - There are 3.4 million truck drivers in the United States, and the trucking industry employs 7.1 million people, or one out of every 16 people. These professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely and on time, they also keep our highways safe. They spend long hours behind the wheel to deliver everything from clothing and food to medicine and supplies to communities nationwide. More than 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities. In 2014, the trucking industry hauled 9.96 billion tons of freight, or 68.8 percent of total U.S. freight tonnage. Rail was the next busiest mode, moving 14.8 percent of the nation's freight tonnage. The trucking industry is looking to hire over 35,000 professional truck drivers to deliver our freight. American Trucking Associations has a long history of supporting truck safety initiatives and was an early proponent of mandatory drug and alcohol testing for truck drivers, a ban on radar detectors in trucks, and prohibitions on the use of hand-held mobile phones by truck drivers. Three out of four car – truck accidents are unintentionally caused by the car driver, either because they aren't educated on driving around large trucks or they are distracted.

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Mike Patterson, sports medicine and orthopedics, of Shelby Baptist Medical Center joins us today to take viewer questions about sports medicine and sports related injuries. Since football season has officially kicked off, hospitals are seeing more sports related injuries, as football is generally a rough sport. Dr. Patterson discusses common football/sports related injuries including ACL, MCL, hamstring strain and shoulder dislocation injuries. He also discusses prevention of football and sports related injuries. Additionally, Dr. Patterson provides sports medicine coverage for Thompson Middle School, Thompson High School, Shelby County High School, Bryant High School, Kingwood Christian Academy and Chilton County Schools. Being a former Division 1 athlete, Dr. Patterson understands the needs of every patient, parent and coach and knows the best and most effective manner to provide care.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, feed your brain and fight fatigue with food! The nutritionist joins us with some ideas! Lots of new shows on FOX this fall! We find out how you can keep up and even interact with your favorite stars! What's the latest on the housing market? We find out what to expect right here in our area! And we introduce you to our Pet of the Week! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!