Good Day Alabama: Oct. 27, 2015

Good Day Alabama: Oct. 27, 2015

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JEH JEH LIVE - The FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Birmingham will be held Saturday, October 31 at Railroad Park from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Fifteen million Americans are affected by food allergies. This potentially life-threatening disease now affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S., which is roughly two in every classroom. This year's walk is presented by Mylan Specialty L.P. As the only food allergy walk in the state, the walk's goal is to raise critical funds and awareness to support Food Allergy Research & Education - FARE. FARE is the largest nonprofit organization working on behalf of those with food allergy, as well as the most trusted resource and largest private source of funding for food allergy research in the United States.  FARE's mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies and to provide them with hope through the promise of new treatments.  This year, tens of thousands of people will gather at walks in nearly 60 communities nationwide to support their loved ones, friends, co-workers and neighbors living with life-threatening food allergies. The 2013 and 2014 FARE Walk for Food Allergy programs raised over $3 million each. This Saturday's walk is family focused and offers a fun, allergy friendly event for the whole community. The walk course will loop once around the interior path of Railroad Park. With this year's walk  taking place on Halloween, activities will include music, a Teal Pumpkin Project craft, face painting, the Baron's mascot Babe Ruff, temporary tattoos, allergen-safe non-food "trick or treating" at sponsor tables, and a Halloween Costume Contest with multiple prizes for both children and adults. The walk will also promote The Teal Pumpkin Project, a nationwide movement to offer non-food treats for children with food allergies at Halloween. Halloween can be a tricky time for families not only managing food allergies, but also diabetes, celiac disease, and other food related diseases. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages households to start to be inclusive of all children and start the tradition of painting a pumpkin teal - the color of food allergy awareness - and placing it on their doorstep as a sign to others that non-food treats are available at their home. Printable participation signs and a trick or treater's map can also be out at Join FARE and the community this Saturday, October 31. Participants can sign up to walk individually or as part of a team. For more information, or to register, visit Check in and activities begin at 8 a.m. Costumes are encouraged. The walk is a food allergy friendly event, but may not be food free. Due to allergies, we request that no one bring pets.

MONEY TUESDAY - Property Taxes are due between now and December 31.  If you are over 65 years of age, or permanent and totally disabled regardless of age, or blind regardless of age, you are exempt from the state portion of property tax. County taxes may still be due. Please contact your local taxing official to claim your homestead exemption. Stewart says you have to proactively claim the deduction and every year return a postcard stating you are over 65 and still own the home.  You need to apply for the exemption through your county tax assessor's office -  The bad news is that you cannot 'go back' and get credit for state property taxes paid in prior years when you were eligible for the exemption.  In other words, it's a 'use it or lose it' proposition.  If you know someone age sixty-five or older, be their hero and remind them of this opportunity. For more information, visit

BETH K - Possibly 34,000 deaths a year could be associated with eating too much red and processed meat. UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin says this month, 22 scientists from 10 countries, met to evaluate if red and processed meats may play a role in cancers. They looked at the body of evidence from various past studies. Here are some highlights from their report:

Processed Meats:

  • Processed meats were linked most strongly to colorectal cancer and possibly stomach cancer. There were no links to other cancers.
  1. This is an association – not a cause – because the studies are observational. But the researchers felt that the amount of convincing data     was pretty convincing.
  2. Note that the link is mainly for colorectal cancer – not for all cancers.
  • The WHO working group categorized processed meat in group 1 classification which means "the agent is carcinogenic to humans". While this is the same group that tobacco is in, it does not mean that processed meats are just as bad as tobacco.  This classification does not indicate how strong the carcinogen is, just that it is a carcinogen. In the case of processed meat, it is a small risk factor.
  • The risk is not huge. And it all has to do with how much. Here's a quote from the WHO: "For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal cancer because of processed meat consumption remains small, but the risk increases with the amount of meat consumed" - Dr. Kurt Straif. So the idea here is that some is fine, too much could increase your risk.
  • Processed meats are meats that have been salted, cured, or smoked to preserve them. This includes hot dogs, bacon, sausage, ham, beef jerky and corned beef. While they are usually beef or pork, it includes poultry as well - think turkey sausage.

Red Meat

  • The link between red meat and some cancers was not as strong as with processed meats.
  • The working group stressed that there was limited evidence – meaning that there could be other explanations for the results – in other words, the red meat may not have been responsible for the increase in cancer
  • Similarly to processed meats, colon cancer was the cancer that seemed to associate with red meat. There may be a link with pancreatic and prostate cancers as well.
  • The group classified red meat in the 2A group: "the agent is probably carcinogenic to humans"
  • The working group also stressed that red meat is a good source of several nutrients – protein, iron - the most highly absorbable kind, and B vitamins.

So, here are my recommendations for bacon and burger lovers - I stress these are my recommendations – WHO did not specify how much! Most organizations just say "limit":

  • Know your processed meats: make sure you know what processed meats are so you can limit them as a category. If you're thinking just bacon – but then eat a bunch of other processed meats – you're not doing yourself much good.
  • Limit processed meat to just 2 servings a week. Keep each serving to no more than 2 to 3 ounces.
  • Limit other red meat to no more than 3 to 4 times a week with each serving at no more than 3 to 4 ounces.
  • Try to have some days with no red meat at all and eat fish or chicken.
  • Move towards a plant-based diet – this does not mean no meat – but rather less.
  • Basically, my message with red meat is "small portions weekly not daily"

BRIGHT STAR WILD GAME BEER DINNER - The Bright Star restaurant and Avondale Brewing Company are combining forces to provide customers with a night filled with locally brewed beer and wild game dishes. Customers will experience a six-course meal prepared by Chris Sherrill, the Executive Chef from the Flora Bama Yacht Club. The courses involve a combination wild game choices paired with select Avondale Brewing Company craft beers. The dinner takes place at the Bright Star restaurant in downtown Bessemer on October 28 at 6 p.m. To make a reservation online, visit or call 205-424-9444. The dinner is $100 per person and patrons pay at the end of the meal. Pricing does not include taxes or gratuity. A shuttle service from downtown Birmingham will be available by reservation only. For details, contact The Wild Game Beer Dinner will provide customers with a unique dining experience featuring Chef Chris Sherrill who is known for his partnership and recipe collaboration with the cast of Duck Dynasty. Chef Sherrill's pairings will include a wide assortment of wild game including venison, duck, pork, tuna and bison with items ranging from Sriracha dusted pork skins to a ribeye of bison over herbed fingerling potatoes. All items are made with fresh ingredients from the Alabama and gulf area.

ASK THE ANGLER - Reed Montgomery answers 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.

ALABAMA CLASSIC - The Alabama Classic Foundation kicks off the Magic City Classic weekend with a fundraiser for students.  Thousands of people are expected to attend the 74th annual Magic City Classic when Alabama A&M University competes against Alabama State University at Legion Field. The gridiron clash begins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. Before the teams meet on the field, the Alabama Classic Foundation hopes to enlist fans to raise funds for deserving students to attend college at Alabama A&M University or Alabama State University. The foundation will host several events during the week. The foundation began in 2011 with the goal of finding innovative ways to support education and communities. The Schaeffer Eye Center Classic Invitational golf tournament will serve as the Alabama Classic Foundation's kickoff event for the Magic City Classic weekend. It will be hosted at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Oxmoor Valley. Proceeds will support student scholarships for Alabama A&M and Alabama State.

Registration begins Thursday, Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m. Tournament play begins at noon. In addition to the Classic Invitational, the foundation hosts the Classic Soirée and A Classic Affair among other events.

For more information about the Alabama Classic Foundation or how your company can partner in its mission, go to or contact Rashada LeRoy at or 205-257-3541. For more information on the 74th annual Magic City Classic, visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, just in time for Halloween, the Alabama Ballet performs American Horror Stories and Jeh Jeh takes us there! We talk college football and what to expect this weekend! Our Vet joins us to take questions about your pets! Mickey takes us to the Birmingham Zoo! And we have a special musical treat in the studio! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!