Good Day Alabama: Jan. 25, 2016 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama: Jan. 25, 2016

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Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us from Cahaba Fitness for Exercise Monday. He talked with Brian Burns for some pointers. For more information call 205-968-5100 or visit cahabafitness.com.

TRIM HEALTHY MAMAS - Looking for a plan that's effective, sustainable, and fun, focused not on cutting out food groups, but on celebrating food? Keep it simple and keep it sane with the TRIM HEALTHY MAMA PLAN. Sisters Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison had tried every diet out there—vegetarian, vegan, raw food, low fat, high fat, low carb, high carb—when they decided to take matters into their own hands. They wanted a plan that was effective, sustainable, and fun focused not on cutting out food groups, but on celebrating food. Together they created the Trim Healthy Mama movement, successfully self-publishing the popular Trim Healthy Mama book, which became a New York Times bestseller. Now in the new “TRIM HEALTHY MAMA PLAN: The Easy-Does-It Approach to Vibrant Health and a Slim Waistline,” they present a refreshingly practical lifestyle program, designed to help readers become healthy, lose weight, and keep it off for good. Pearl and Serene are sisters and stay-at-home moms, both with large boisterous families—eighteen children between the two of them! Needless to say, their lives can get a little chaotic. But the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle is all about finding healthy eating habits that can fit into busy schedules. The Mamas' motto is "keep it simple, keep it sane," and they believe in food freedom. Why pitch a tent in just one dietary camp when you can build a dream home smack dab in the middle of all these theories and arguments? Discovering your trim and healthy self doesn't have to be difficult or painstaking; it can be a relaxing, enjoyable journey.

BBB - David Smitherman with the Better Business Bureau warned us about a new scam! A steep discount on your monthly cable bill? This may sound like a great way to save money, but it could be the set up for a scam. Con artists are impersonating cable companies and taking advantage of subscribers' eagerness to save money.

How the Scam Works:

  • You get a call, and it's someone claiming to be a representative from your cable provider's "loyal rewards" program.
  • The caller offers you a significant discount on your monthly cable and/or service. For $80 per month, you can get phone, broadband Internet, and the premium cable channels. This package would typically run subscribers well over $100/month. Of course, there's a catch!
  • You need to pay for six months of the discounted rate upfront. And this "representative" doesn't take credit cards, only pre-paid debit cards. Using one of these cards is as untraceable as paying in cash.
  • According to BBB Scam Tracker reports, lately con artists are impersonating Comcast, but they will likely move on to other cable providers as the scam expands. Also, reports say that scammers frequently have personal information about targets, such as address, phone number and current level of service, making this con very believable.

Tips to avoid a utility scam:

  • Cable companies aren't the only utilities that scammers impersonate. Watch out for variations involving electricity, gas and other bills.
  • Prepaid debit cards are a red flag: If a caller specifically asks you to pay by prepaid debit card or wire transfer, this is a huge warning sign. Your utility company will accept a check, credit card or online banking transfer.
  • Don't cave to pressure to pay immediately: If you feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your utility bill. This will ensure you are speaking to a real representative.
  • Never allow anyone into your home to check electrical wiring, natural gas pipes or appliances unless you have scheduled an appointment or reported a problem. Also, ask utility employees for proper identification.)

ASK THE GARDENER - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Sallie Lee took questions from viewers about their gardening needs. You can reach her at the Extension office with your questions at (205) 879-6964 ext 11.

AUBURN FAN GETS CAM'S TD BALL - Cam Newton, former Auburn Quarterback now QB for the Carolina Panthers, has a habit of giving the balls away that he scores a touchdown with during a game. Yesterday he gave one of his balls to a young fan wearing an Auburn hat. His name is John Wesley Rogers. He actually lives in Auburn and was traveling home today. He talked with us about the experience.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, is a Roth IRA a good substitute for a 401K? We get the answer in Money Tuesday! We celebrate Winter Restaurant Week with more great food and details on all the deals! Is it too cold to fish? Of course not! Our expert gives us advice to find the best places to fish out there! And we check out new movies and music headed your way this week! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!

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