Good Day Alabama: Sept. 29, 2015

Good Day Alabama: Sept. 29, 2015

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

MONEY TUESDAY - The stock market took another big hit, which could impact some of your retirement and 401k accounts, obviously.  Stewart Welch of the Welch Group joined us with some advice. He says don't pull your money out of stocks and do your best to avoid needing cash from stocks only. Try to pull from another source, if possible. He says the stock market will get better. He also explained what it means to suspend Social Security and when you can do it. Suspending benefits to collect a delayed retirement increase is not an option if you have been taking benefits already. Social security will allow you to start your benefit over within 12 months of the first month of entitlement and limited to one withdrawal.  You must file a request for withdrawal of application and your benefits stop immediately. The Social Security Administration will tell you how much you are required to pay back. After your repayment of benefits, you can reapply at the age your choice. For more information, visit

WOODLAWN - Former Alabama players, Caleb Castille and his father, Jeremiah Castille joined Good Day Alabama to talk about Caleb's role in the upcoming movie "Woodlawn" based upon the life of former Alabama running back, Tony Nathan. Caleb and Jeremiah talked about the story in the movie - "a gifted high school football player must learn to boldly embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field in "Woodlawn," a moving and inspirational new film based on the true story of how love and unity overcame hate and division in early 1970s Birmingham. Tony Nathan lands in a powder keg of anger and violence when he joins fellow African-American students at Woodlawn High School after its government-mandated desegregation in 1973. The Woodlawn Colonels football team is a microcosm of the problems at the school and in the city, which erupts in cross burnings and riots, and Coach Tandy Geralds is at a loss to solve these unprecedented challenges with his disciplinarian ways.  It's only when Hank, an outsider who has been radically affected by the message of hope and love he experienced at a Christian revival meeting, convinces Coach Geralds to let him speak to the team that something truly remarkable begins to happen. More than 40 players, nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to the "better way" Hank tells them is possible through faith, and the change is so profound in them it affects their coach, their school and their community in ways no one could have imagined.

JEH JEH LIVE - The 13th Annual Fiesta, Alabama's largest celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage, will be held at Linn Park in Birmingham on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. With the goal of educating the public about the many different Hispanic countries and their cultures, Fiesta's approach has been to do this through presenting the best of Hispanic art, music, food and dance. Admission to Fiesta is $8 per person in advance and $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. Donations to the scholarship fund at Fiesta are encouraged at the event. Fiesta gives Alabamians a unique opportunity to experience the best of Latin American countries in their own backyard! Patrons can journey through over 20 represented countries and experience their people, music, art, food and culture. It showcases that Birmingham is a community that encourages multiculturalism, sensitivity and acceptance. And Fiesta has proven to be an excellent resource for our Hispanic community. Not-for-profit organizations attend Fiesta to educate attendees about the benefits and resources they offer. Businesses will also be on hand to enlighten attendees about their many goods, services and employment opportunities. The Health & Wellness Village will work to assess the community's medical needs and provide educational materials and professional assistance. Fiesta is family-friendly fun for the entire family. While the largest crowd can be found in front of the main music stage, Fiesta offers a wide assortment of activities, from storytelling to wrestling exhibitions. Music, dance, performing arts, visual arts, children's activities, soccer, cultural education, authentic Latin food as well as community and health-related resources are all part of the event. For more information, visit

BETH K - Last week we talked about the results of a Spanish study that showed that women who ate a Mediterranean diet with an emphasis on olive oil lowered their risk of breast cancer. This week we'll talk about how you can eat a Mediterranean style diet and up your olive oil intake! Let's start with the basic Mediterranean Diet:

• The Mediterranean diet is a plant-based diet that includes fruits, vegetables, grains, olive oil, beans, and nuts and seeds as the foundation of the diet. It is based on the traditional eating patterns of the people of the Greek island of Crete and Southern Italians.

• But it is not a vegetarian diet and does include moderate amounts of dairy, poultry, eggs and fish on a weekly to daily basis.

• Dessert is often fruit but sweets are eaten several times a week.

• Red meat is eaten in small amounts regularly or just a few times a month.

• Wine is also part of the Mediterranean diet – 1 to 2 glasses or fewer per day.

Olive Oil:

• The study that we reported on last week focused on adding in quite a bit of olive oil – what added up to about 3 to 4 tablespoons a day.

• Olive oil contains natural plant chemicals called "polyphenols". This might be the part of the olive oil that is helpful to your health. But researchers don't know for sure as there are many other components in olive oil that could be beneficial.

• What about eating whole olives? Well, olives have to be cured before you can eat them whole – the curing process may reduce the polyphenol content. That doesn't mean don't eat them – but it seems to be the olive oil that has the biggest benefits because the olive are not cured before they are made into oil

• Focus on Extra Virgin Olive Oil – the type that has the highest amount of these health polyphenols:

Add EVOO to Your Diet:

• Dip Your Bread in Olive Oil

• Use Olive Oil to Make Your Salad Dressing

• Sautee Vegetables In Olive Oil

• Roast Vegetables in Olive Oil

• Use Olive Oil for Eggs

Olive oil has a lower "smoke point" than other cooking oils so you need to keep the heat a little lower. Also remember that when you add more oil you are adding more calories! So think about replacing other oils with olive oil and if you are cutting back on meat, sweets and adding in more fruits and vegetables, the calories can balance out!

VULCAN AWARDS - Join Vulcan Park and Museum's 2nd Annual The Vulcans Community Awards dinner on Thursday, Oct. 8. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Club in Homewood, Alabama. The Vulcans are the Birmingham region's highest civic honor and will be presented to honorees who represent civic pride, progress and leadership in five categories: Lifetime Achievement, Hero, Game Changer, Servant Leadership and Newcomer. The Vulcans has proven to be more than your typical awards program. In addition to a festive atmosphere, you can expect brief, powerful presentations about the inspiration for and substance of the honoree's award-worthy efforts. In addition, eight Spear honorees will also be presented with awards and applauded for their impressive civic contributions to the Birmingham region. For more information, visit

ASK THE ANGLER - Reed Montgomery answered viewer questions about fishing. You can contact him with your questions at 205-663-1504 or on his website - there you can find lake reports, fishing tips, upcoming events, and more.

WAYNE NEWTON - Wayne Newton talks with us from his home -Casa de Shenandoah in Las Vegas. Casa de Shenandoah is a new tourist destination and Wayne shows us his 52-acre sanctuary/ home that has welcomed presidents, kings, and countless celebrities through its gates. Casa de Shenandoah features of the 14,000 square-foot home include a billiard room, wine cellar, four fireplaces and all types of celebrity memorabilia. You'll even find a hand-written letter written by none other than Elvis Presley and a Rolls-Royce once owned by Johnny Cash. There's a room dedicated to military personnel that displays rare artifacts over the years. The property is also home to all types of wildlife including peacocks, penguins and wallabies. Casa de Shenandoah is also a working horse ranch. If airplanes are more your thing, you'll be able to show your viewers Wayne's private plane that's also on the property.

Casa de Shenandoah was number three on the priciest pads countdown, featured on "MTV Cribs". Recognized worldwide as 'Mr. Las Vegas', entertainer Wayne Newton is known for his signature song, "Danke Schoen," plus many hit singles, including "Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast," "Red Roses For a Blue Lady" and "Years." He has recorded and released 165 albums to date.  In a business that is, at best, volatile, and success sometimes short lived, Wayne has performed live to more than 40 million people and has performed over 25,000 shows in Las Vegas alone. Without reading a note of music, he plays 13 instruments.  He exemplifies the talent, glamour and energy that is Las Vegas. Having established himself as an accomplished actor, both on television and in movies such as "Vegas Vacation" and James Bond's "License to Kill", Wayne's getting more attention than ever. Known as Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton is recognized worldwide as a singer and entertainer and is best known for his numerous performances in Las Vegas. He's called Vegas home for more than fifty years.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Alabama prepares for a big game against Georgia on Saturday and Auburn hopes for a little break after a couple of tough weeks. We check in with Lars Anderson for his take on the games! Your credit cards get the chip! We find out more about this new system set to begin on October 1st and how it protects you! The pet doctor joins us to take your questions. And Jeh Jeh enjoys some Greek food and fun. He brings us the scoop on the upcoming festival! Join us for all of this and more tomorrow on Good Day!