Good Day Alabama: Oct. 14, 2015

Good Day Alabama: Oct. 14, 2015

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - The Linly Heflin luncheon is today at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel Civic Center Ballroom. This is Linly Heflin's 57th annual scholarship luncheon and fashion show to raise money for Alabama women to attend Alabama colleges and universities. The Linly Heflin Unit's goal is "Educate a woman and you educate a family." The luncheon will include a fashion show featuring the fall's latest styles from Gus Mayer and University of Alabama graduate, Smith Sinrod. There will be door prizes include a John Hardy Bracelet compliments of Bromberg's and John Hardy, $1,000 gift card from Gus Mayer, a Kendra Scott necklace and bracelet, and a by SMITH shopping spree at Gus Mayer valued at $500. The Linly Heflin Unit was founded in 1919. It currently has 102 scholars in 16 colleges and universities across the state. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $50 each. Gus Mayer has supported the fashion show for over 30 years. Tracy James of Chic Made Simple produced this year's show. The fashion show is the group's primary fundraiser. For more information about Linly Heflin, please visit For more information about Gus Mayer, visit

GARDENING - Bethany O'Rear, Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, taught us about mums. She says they fill the gap between the end of warm-season bedding plants and the true beginning of cool-season bedding plants. They provide cool season color from September through early November, most years. When purchasing mums be sure to select top quality plants.  Also, select varieties that will bloom early, mid and late in the season. There are numerous flower colors – yellow, pink, white bronze, lavender, purple.  There are even options for some two-toned bicolor flowers. You can plant them in the landscape in a well-drained area.  They need full to partial sun – six hours of direct sun is ideal. Space your plants about 2 feet apart.  Planting too closely results in leggy, upright growth.  Apply three pounds of slow-release fertilizer per 100 square feet of bed area and water in.  Apply a one-inch layer mulch. Using an adequate amount of water is imperative.  Lack of water delays flowering, slows or stops growth and increases susceptibility to pests. Avoid overhead irrigation and water only the bed area or around the drip line of each plant.  Soaking garden mums at the base of each plant may cause rot. If you don't want to plant in a bed – they are great in containers, alone, or as a centerpiece with trailing foliage plants.  Water is an even greater concern in pots, as container plantings dry out faster than landscape beds.  No matter which planting method you choose, garden mums make a fabulous fall display.

ASK THE DOCTOR -Dr. Wahib Mena, a neonatologist with Brookwood Medical Center, answered viewer questions about breastfeeding and discussed the Brookwood Women's Center breastfeeding campaign. Breastfeeding has countless health benefits for both mother and child, not the least of which is the incredible physical and emotional bond formed with your new baby. Our award-winning, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants are available seven days a week to help mother and baby make this beautiful, vital connection. Brookwood's Lactation Center Services offers office consultation for mothers-to-be who are considering breastfeeding and for mothers who have already begun to breastfeed, in-hospital assistance to provide education and help during the hospital stay, Medela breast pump rental for short- or long-term use, sale of breastfeeding equipment including Medela Pump-In-Style and Medela nursing bras, education materials, including books and tapes - programs are also available for community organizations, and prenatal breastfeeding classes. The benefits of breastfeeding to the baby include higher intelligence scores noted in infants who exclusively breastfeed for 3 months or longer, decreased risk of many infant, childhood, and chronic conditions and illnesses including: ear infections, respiratory infections, asthma, allergic rashes, diarrhea, obesity, diabetes, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and even childhood leukemia or lymphoma. The benefits for the mother include decreased bleeding and faster return to normal weight, decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, and decreased risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Women who breastfeed for 12 to 23 months in total, for all children, show a significant reduction in hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Mothers who do not breastfeed, or who wean early, have a greater chance of developing postpartum depression.  And it benefits the entire family because of reduced infant food costs - infant formula and supplies may cost $1,000 or more during the first year. It also reduces healthcare costs including doctor's visits, hospital costs, and lost time from work; Infants who are breastfed are less likely to become ill and less likely to be hospitalized, reducing the potential costs and anxieties of caring for an ill child.

PLANT SALE - On October 17-18, The Gardens will host its annual Fall Plant Sale in its Blount Plaza – welcoming patrons with opportunities to purchase herbs, sustainable trees, fall annuals, shrubs, natives, perennials and more, while benefiting The Gardens' mission to promote public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment. On Saturday, The Gardens' Fall Plant Sale will be open to the public 9-5 p.m. On Sunday, hours are noon-4 p.m. Proceeds from the sale benefit The Gardens' mission to promote public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment. We fulfill our mission through programs such as Discovery Field Trips, Plant Adventures, Adult and Family Classes and many, many more. Autumn is the best time to plant trees and shrubs! Trees available for purchase at this year's Fall Plant Sale have been selected especially for Birmingham's climate and condition. They have proven easy-to-grow, free of injurious insect and disease pests and both heat and drought tolerant. Available natives add to local biodiversity and most will live for several generations while available exotics are not known to be invasive. For more information, visit

ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Amy Toman from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Yellow Backed Duiker. For more information, visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we talk with one of the stars and one of the directors of the new flick - Woodlawn. Sean Astin and Andy Erwin join us live to discuss the Birmingham-based film. Coaches get paid big bucks these days.... what is the return on investment? We find out! A new Pete the Cat book on store shelves for your kids. We talk with the author and illustrator! Plus we introduce you to our Pet of the Week! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!