Good Day Alabama: Oct. 6, 2015

Good Day Alabama: Oct. 6, 2015

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

MONEY TUESDAY - In the face of the recent stock market volatility and global markets turmoil, people are understandably nervous.  While the U.S. economy continues to recover, people are still feeling the pain of the Great Recession of 2008.  If you're feeling a bit lost in all the financial chaos, help is on the way!  The Financial Planning Association of North Alabama and The Alabama Securities Commission, Joe Borg, Director, will co-host a Financial Planning Expo today, October 6, at the Hoover Public Library from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  For you GPSers, the street address is 200 Municipal Lane, Hoover, AL 35216. The phone number is 205-444-7800. This event is free to the public.  There are two ways you can take advantage of this opportunity:

1) Meet one-on-one with a financial advisor for 30 minutes. 
This is your opportunity to have a 30-minute one-on-one consultation with a financial planner at no cost.  Area planners promise to give you their best advice with no strings attached fielding questions regarding your personal circumstances including such areas as solving debt problems, how to pay for college, foreclosure assistance, successful investing in a low-interest-rate environment, how to maximize Social Security income, managing health insurance costs, reducing taxes, long-term care planning and retirement strategies.  And these are just a few of the topics they're prepared to cover.  If you have financial questions, they have answers!  Your visit will be held in the strictest confidence. 
For one-on-one private sessions, the FPA will set up tables manned by experienced financial planners.  You need only show up and you'll be escorted to one of the tables for your private consultation.  To receive the most benefit from your private consultation, be sure to bring any supporting data such as credit card statements, loan agreements, your last will & testament, financial statements, investment statements or insurance policies.  Financial planners will be available to visit with you for 30-minute sessions.  You ask your questions and they'll give you their best advice with no sales pitches (and that's a promise!).

2)  Listen to experts talk on a variety of topics
Here are the speakers' topics:
1:10 p.m.– 1:55 p.m.  "Medicare & Managing Healthcare Expenses in Retirement", presented by Pat Burris, CFP®.  Some experts suggest out-of-pocket healthcare costs could exceed $300,000 per family.  Pat will share some tricks for managing the seemingly unmanageable!
1:55 p.m.– 2:40 p.m. "New Strategies for Long-Term Care Planning", presented by Babs Hart, CLTC.  Most retirees will face long-term care issues.  Planning ahead is the key and Babs will share the best tools for solving this complex problem.
2:40 p.m.– 3:25 p.m.  "Planning for Retirement", presented by Bob Straka, CFP®.  Most people have 'under-saved' for retirement.  Bob will show you strategies for 'stretching' your retirement dollars.
3:25 p.m.– 4:10 p.m.  "Tips for Informed and Safe Investing", presented by Joe Borg, Director of the Alabama Securities Commission. Investment and financial fraud is rampant world-wide, including Alabama.  Joe Borg will share real life horror stories as well as how to avoid becoming a victim of investment fraud. 
4:10 p.m.– 4:55 p.m.  "6 Secrets to Successful Investing", presented by Stewart Welch, III, CFP®.  Stewart will reveal the 'secret sauce' in the formula for successful investing.
Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to learn money-saving ideas from top financial planners in Alabama.

BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us with some answers about calcium. You probably saw the headlines declaring that a new study shows that calcium doesn't help prevent fractures.  Let's clarify a few things here:
• It wasn't a study. It was what is called a "systematic review". The researchers compiled a bunch of studies and then made conclusions based on those studies. This was not some big, new landmark study.
• Both the headlines and the researchers own conclusions were not wholly accurate.

  1. The randomized controlled trials that they evaluated actually did show that fracture risk was reduced with calcium supplements - for total fractures and fractures in the spine but not in the hip– yet, in their conclusions they say that the data on supplements is weak and inconsistent.
  2. They conclude that dietary calcium was not helpful yet there were only two randomized control trials that they looked at

• Now, all that said, Beth does agree with the essence of their findings – that calcium alone once we are over 50 – is not enough to prevent broken bones! She says she really stresses in her osteoporosis clinic - she is the patient educator - that calcium gets "over sold" as fracture prevention. That's because as we move into our 50's, our ability to build bone really slows down and our bone loss really kicks in – and no amount of calcium is going to change that.  If you have osteoporosis and are at risk for breaking a bone, you will need bone medicines to actually stop bone loss, increase bone, and have a serious effect on lowering your chances of breaking a bone. But calcium is supportive therapy!

UNCORKED - Uncorked! On the Green was established in 2008 as a free beer and wine festival providing eventgoers a chance to indulge their curiosity and sample over 50 craft beers and dozens of wines from around the world. This premiere outdoor tasting festival celebrates the area's varied culinary artists, fine wines, craft beers, live music, local and regional artists, children's activities and more. This year's event, benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, will take place on 'The Green' at Ross Bridge on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Uncorked! on the Green is a family-friendly event. It includes AlaBev's Master of the Brew -a homebrewing competition, a VIP tent, the AllSouth Grill Master Competition, entertainment from a DJ along with cirque style entertainment, and food trucks. For more information, visit

GARDENING - Sandra Reaves joined us to discuss opportunities in the vegetable garden for the current season. She says things you can plant now and eat now include: cabbage, broccoli, kale, mustard, lettuce, tender greens and collards. She points out the things you planted in spring that you can eat now: Malabar spinach, asparagus if it sprouts out of season, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, okra, parsley, green onions, chard. And she explains the things you can plant now to eat later - in the spring and early summer - include: Irish potatoes, onions, wheat, leeks, parsnips, garlic. She also told us how to nourish the soil - plant a cover crop and/or pile on leaves/wood chips to make a good space for earthworms, to feed the soil, and to protect winter crops from ground freeze.  Start a compost pile! For more information, visit her Facebook page - it includes lots of pictures, tips, how-to videos, and info on veggie trials going on in the garden.  It's a "real time, real life" look at home gardening and food preservation. You can find her at or

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joins us live from National Walk to School Day as part of Red Rock Tuesday. This also marks the launch of REACH Birmingham, a coalition project between the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System, UAB, the health department, YMCA, REV Birmingham and several other partners. "REACH Birmingham" is a coalition of local agencies working together to offer better food choices and fitness opportunities for our neighbors in North and South Avondale and Kingston. This is a grant-funded project by the CDC. It helps residents in North and South Avondale and Kingston make healthier food choices. Working with REV Birmingham's Urban Food Project, it promotes the availability of farm-fresh produce at local corner stores such as Munchie's in Avondale and 10th Avenue Deli in Kingston. It also helps the communities move more, with free exercise classes at local YMCA branches and at Avondale and Stockham Parks and encourage them to explore the city's open spaces on the Red Rock Trails. The Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System will connect existing trails and parks connecting our communities while improving the health, economy, and quality of life for our region.  For more information on the many hiking trails and future plans, visit

IMAGINARY FRED - Just because a friendship is imaginary, it doesn't mean it's not real. Lennon and McCarthy. Lucy and Ethel. Macaroni and Cheese. And now, Colfer and Jeffers. Great partnerships have always resulted in timeless entertainment and this partnership is as unique and magical as a four-leaf clover. Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers are known to millions for their bestselling stories.  Colfer is Ireland's Laureate for Children's Literature and the international bestselling author of "ARTEMIS FOWL" and the "WARP" series, among others.  Jeffers is the bestselling illustrator from the picture book phenomenon,"THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT" and "THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME."  In addition, Jeffers created the artwork for U2's sets for their current 2015 "iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE" tour.  Previous to that, Jeffers illustrated the vinyl cover and co-directed the video for the U2 song "Ordinary Love."  In their new book, "IMAGINARY FRED," they offer a unique take on the concept of imaginary friends. It's the story of two little boys and their shared love of movies, music, and comic books. It is about how a little bit of electricity, a little bit of luck, and a little bit of magic can spark a friendship like no other.  The perfect chemistry between Eoin Colfer's text and Oliver Jeffers's artwork makes for a treasured new picture book and marks a new adventure in the already extraordinary careers. 

NEW IN BOOKS - Susan Swagler writes about books at her "Turn the Page" blog and in Birmingham Magazine. She introduced us to some pretty powerful books. Each of these books—a bestselling and life-changing how-to, a popular thriller, a real-time account of one nurse's shift and a colorful bird tutorial—has a woman's remarkable touch. The books she featured today are:

  • “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and    Organizing”  by Marie Kondo
  • “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll
  • “The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives” by Theresa Brown, RN
  • “Billy Bluebird” by Rebecca Hart Warren

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we take your electronic recyclables! Join us to find out when and where to drop them off! UAB celebrates Homecoming this week and Jeh Jeh checks out all the fun! Mickey catches up with his buddies at the Birmingham Zoo! Joan Lunden joins us to discuss her battle with cancer. The new Grandview Hospital opens up and the doctor joins us to take your questions all about it! Plus we talk football, a fish fry, and more! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!