Good Day Alabama: Sept. 24, 2015

Good Day Alabama: Sept. 24, 2015

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

FIGHT NIGHT - Deontay Wilder brings championship boxing to Birmingham once again with a second title fight. This time a bigger venue at the Legacy Arena on Saturday night. Deontay Wilder is 34-0 with 33 knock outs. He is set to fight Frenchman Johann Duhaupas who is 32-2 with 20 knock outs. Duhaupas is coming off the biggest win of his career over Manuel Charr, who was a top 10 fighter and heavyweight title challenger, on April 10 in Russia. Duhaupas, 34, is ranked No. 12 in the WBC rankings. This is a voluntary defense for Wilder and the second since he won the WBC title in January. It will be Wilder's second straight fight in Birmingham. He defeated Eric Molina on June 13 at UAB's Bartow Arena by a ninth round knockout. For tickets or more information, visit

FEED YOUR BRAIN & FIGHT FATIGUE - Mary Martin Nordness with the Southeast Dairy Association showed us how to Fight Fatigue with Food and Feed Your Brain. Mary Martin Nordness is a registered dietitian and certified health educator.  Consumers consider brain health the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, after heart health. It is possible to reduce the risk of cognitive decline with lifestyle change according to a 2015 study in The Lancet, which found that a combination of a healthy diet, strength training, aerobic exercise, brain games, controlling weight and blood pressure slows mental decline in older adults at risk of dementia. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet may prevent brain atrophy in old age. The Mediterranean diet may prevent cognitive decline or Alzheimer's disease by maintaining the brain structure or delaying aging-related atrophy. Older individuals who walk just one to two miles a day tend to have a 35 percent lower rate of developing Alzheimer's and other dementias, according to studies that track individual behaviors over a long period. Low levels of Vitamin D correlate with an increased risk of developing dementia. Milk and yogurt fortified with Vitamin D are some of the best dietary sources of vitamin D. A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 15 percent of women said they felt very tired, fatigued or exhausted versus only 10 percent of men. Most stated having too much to do and not enough time to do it, but often the true culprits are what we eat, how we sleep and how we cope emotionally. According to the National Coffee Association, Americans drink an average of three cups of coffee each day with more than 60 percent enjoying their first cup in the early morning hours.  However, new science suggests if people want to get the most out of their caffeine, they should shift their cups of java to 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. when natural cortisol levels are lower and caffeine has the biggest impact on fatigue. Low iron can lead to fatigue, depression and impair physical and mental endurance. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that low iron intake or anemia, which occurs when the body does not have enough iron to carry oxygen to all the parts of the body, affects more than 3 million Americans. However, iron-rich foods like dairy foods, red meat, chicken, fish, eggs and spinach can combat this issue. Tempted to skip breakfast? Studies show eating breakfast may improve short-term memory and attention for adults and children. In fact, breakfast-eating students tend to perform better than breakfast skippers because morning nourishment ignites metabolism and fuels their brains and bodies with calories for energy needs. Many foods that fight fatigue have the powerful combination of magnesium and calcium in them, which boost energy and maximize the absorption of calcium. Milk and other dairy foods are recommended for getting more magnesium, since roughly 19 milligrams of the mineral are found in one container of yogurt. "Gap" snacks, which are eaten between meals, supply essential vitamins and minerals most Americans are missing. The best fatigue-fighting snacks are pre-portioned, planned and nutrient-rich mini meals like air-popped popcorn and nuts, cold fruit smoothies, bean hummus and raw vegetables and Greek yogurt with chopped fresh fruit. For more information, visit

HOUSING MARKET - For many, becoming a homeowner is part of the American Dream. But buying a home can also be a daunting task and because it's such a big investment, it can be pretty scary too -- especially for first-timers. Trulia's chief economist Selma Hepp provided tips on how to know if buying a home is right for you, and how to make sure buying your dream house doesn't turn into a nightmare.  She also discusses what's happening in your local real estate market, offering insight on how affordable houses are or aren't, if there is an advantage to buying in the winter, and whether the market will continue to be competitive into 2016. 
Some of Selma's tips include:
Plan for you – Homeownership isn't right for everyone. Here are four questions every prospective buyers should ask themselves before buying: How long will I live in the home? How big of a home do I really need? What's more important – the house or the neighborhood? How far am I willing to commute?
Keep yourself in the bidding – While everyone wants to save as much money as they can, giving a "low ball" offer can kill a deal as it may be a signal to the seller you're not serious. Don't play games and offer the amount that you are willing and can pay.
Not just any agent, YOUR agent- A real estate agent will play many roles during the process of purchasing your home. Choose an agent that specializes in the kind of home you are looking for, and knows the neighborhood well. Remember, your agent will also be your voice with the negotiations.
TWTTER & FOX PRIME - It's a big month for television as new shows and returning favorites will be premiering on all the major networks. To get the most out of your TV-viewing experience, join the Twitter conversation with fellow fans to share reactions to the show as it happens! Twitter complements your viewing experience by adding a social soundtrack that gets you closer to shows and stars you love. Twitter's Elizabeth Luke gave us tips on how to get involved with the all of this season's top shows on Twitter - from following the plot with other fans to checking out what their favorite stars have to say. She also discusses how fans can follow their favorite shows, the most actively Tweeting stars and popular shows on Twitter, and a guide to Twitter during premiere season for vets and newbies alike.

OUR HOUSE - Allen Warren with Jones-Warren Construction joined us with a look at your Fall Maintenance Checklist. He says now that fall is here, you should be sure to
- Have your furnace serviced
- Seal cracks around doors and windows
- Drain and turn off sprinkler system
- Winterize your mower
- Store garden hoses
- Clean gutters
- Have chimney flue cleaned and examined
- Prune plants

JEH JEH LIVE -Join hundreds of your closest friends and strangers on Saturday, Oct. 3 to run/ride/skate to each of Birmingham's craft breweries - Avondale, Cahaba, Good People and Trim Tab - and see why we have the fastest growing craft beer market in the US. Celebrate that great American tradition, Oktoberfest, and support The Dannon Project. Run, ride or skate the 10K course, starting and ending at Tin Roof in the Lakeview neighborhood, that goes to each of the four craft breweries here in Birmingham. Registration and packet pick up will be available at Tin Roof and Cahaba Cycles in downtown Homewood only on Friday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Day of registration will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 3 at Tin Roof. You'll get a beer at each brewery and lots of other fun shenanigans, plus a very cool technical tee shirt - suitable for framing - to wear proudly whenever you go out. The Dannon Project is a model societal re-entry program for non-violent ex-offenders with an astounding success rate. Help rebuild peoples' lives and ease our state's budget crunch by running, riding, skating and drinking beer. The race/ride begins at 10:45 a.m. The cost is $28.

GARDENING - Aldridge Gardens' Executive Director Rip Weaver joined us along with Karen Cooper, a Cherokee Native American. She shows us authentic Native American clothing and traditional Cherokee dream catchers. They discuss the upcoming "Whispers from the Past: A Native American Experience" event that is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 4th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They also discuss the 4th Annual Taste of Hoover event set for Oct. 22nd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit

PET OF THE WEEK - Courtney Underwood with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! Her name is Sue Ellen. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call 205-942-1211 or visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we get you ready for the weekend. We get some laughs with a few funny guys at the Comedy Club Stardome this weekend! The Savvy Shopper joins us with some great deals! Mike brings us his favorite viral videos! We check out your latest entertainment and business headlines! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!