Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Elite Fitness & Body where he talks with owner Brad Bearden. Elite Fitness & Body is located at 2341 John Hawkins Parkway in Hoover. He showed us several exercises and accessed Jeh Jeh's workout. For more information, call 205-552-5780 or visit bhampersonaltraining.com.
HEART HEALTH MONTH - This is Heart Health Month. Nan Priest, Executive Vice President of St. Vincent's Health System joined us to discusses Go Red for Women, heart month, and National Wear Red Day. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans and stroke is the number five killer of Americans while heart disease is the number 1 killer of Alabamians and stroke is the number 4 killer in the state. Over half of Alabama women have at least one of the three major risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoking. The American Heart Association's mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
By 2020, the American Heart Association hopes to improve the cardiovascular health of ALL Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.
Go Red For Women is a campaign to make sure women are heart health aware. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. During heart month, look at your family history - signs of heart attack and stroke and your heart numbers - cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar levels. Follow the Life's Simple 7 plan – simple ways to change your heart health for the better.
1. Get active - 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day, five times per week
2. Control cholesterol
3. Eat better - Suggestions for eating better include: track what you eat with a food diary, eat vegetables and fruit, eat unrefined fiber-rich whole-grain foods, eat fish twice a week, cut back on added sugars and saturated fats, and drink water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
4. Manage blood pressure - eat a heart-healthy diet, which includes reducing sodium, get regular physical activity, maintain a healthy weight, manage stress, limit alcohol and avoid tobacco smoke.
5. Lose weight - Even losing as few as five or ten pounds can produce a dramatic blood pressure reduction.
6. Reduce blood sugar
7. Stop smoking
There are lots of local events this month in honor of Heart Health month. The mayors of both Tuscaloosa and Birmingham sign a Wear Red proclamation today. Friday is National Wear Red Day. Share your photos of wearing red/going red across social media using #BhamGoRed and #GoRedWearRed.
ASK THE GARDENER - Fred Spicer, Executive Director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, took questions from viewers about their gardening needs. For more information, call 205-414-3950 or visit bbgardens.org.