Good Day Alabama: March 1, 2016

Good Day Alabama: March 1, 2016

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Grants Mill Road Canoe Launch as part of Red Rock Tuesday. They discuss the impact the newly improved canoe launch will have on the city of Irondale and why it is important to have access to the Cahaba River. They also discuss how it ties into the Red Rock System. 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

NEW IN BOOKS - Susan Swagler writes about books at her "Turn the Page" blog and in Birmingham Magazine. She introduced us to some great beach reading and more! Here's a memoir told in stories by a beloved Southern writer, a beautiful novel about two strong women during World War II and a mix of fiction and nonfiction that explores an important part of our country's history … also a book like no other that shares something closer to home. Today she introduced us to
    "Dimestore" by Lee Smith - publication date March 22
    "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
    "Forsaken" by Ross Howell, Jr.
    "Buttons Explores the Brook" by 2016 Class of Leadership Mountain Brook

GARDENING - Sandra Reaves joined us to discuss how to sow tiny seeds. 
1. The number of seeds per ounce depends on both weight and size. 
2. Lettuce seeds are much larger than thyme seeds, but there are twice as many per ounce.
3. Tiny seeds can stick to tools because of static electricity. Use metal, ceramic, or paper to handle them. 
4. Very tiny seeds like thyme should be surface down and misted. 
5.  You can make your own seed tape with tissue to make planting in the garden a more efficient task. This is especially good for carrot seeds. 
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

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK - Cornerstone School presents the 11th annual Schoolhouse Rock fundraiser. It is this Friday at Iron City and we are expecting over 900 guests. Last year the event raised over $200,000 for the school with all proceeds directly benefiting Cornerstone students. This year's event runs from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music, a live and silent auction, event giveaways and heavy hors d'ouvres. Creative cocktail attire encouraged. Schoolhouse Rock is an adults only event. Cornerstone Schools mission is to inspire and develop critically thinking and compassionate young people in a Christ-centered learning community that is committed to academic excellence and character development. It strives to empower lifelong learners to be responsible and productive citizens of the world, all to the glory of God. For tickets or more information, visit

BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us with her 5 rules for finding a weight loss program! Weightloss programs are not cheap. Programs can cost anywhere from $40 to $400 a month. Your insurance is not likely to cover much, if any, of those costs. Recently, several major groups - the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the Obesity Society - came out with guidelines to help consumers choose effective weight loss programs. But good luck finding a program that meets the criteria. A new study of mid-Atlantic community-based weight loss programs showed that only 19 percent of the programs surveyed met the criteria. Here are the guidelines of what you should look for in a solid weight loss program:
1. Program Intensity - there should be at least 14 sessions over 6 months
2. Dietary Change - a moderate reduction in calories using safe guidelines 
3. Physical Activity
4. Behavior Modification - the program should include self-monitoring - keeping a food record, planning meals, exercise tracking
5. No Dietary Supplements - there are FDA-approved drugs that can help you lose weight – but any program that is selling you a non-FDA approved supplement like herbal supplements or other supplements that have not been proven to lower weight, is a waste of your money and is false advertising.
Follow Bethon twitter at @DrBethK.

MONEY TUESDAY - Need Free Financial Advice?  Don't Miss the March 5th Alabama Money Expo! Most people could benefit from financial advice but, in many cases, they simply don't know where to go to get sound advice and they don't want to find themselves in the middle of a sales pitch.  Look no further than the free 2016 Alabama Money Expo being held on Saturday, March 5th at Carver High School in Birmingham.  If you have financial questions this is a great place to get answers - no sales pitches - on just about any topic.  Financial Education Outreach, a non-profit organization, is bringing in financial experts across a wide variety of financial topics. There will be one-on-one time, workshops, document shredding, entertainment, and more!  You can register for this free event or get more information at  Registration is not required but workshops and one-on-one sessions fill up quickly!

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we wrap up Super Tuesday and find out the impact it has on the political landscape! Mickey takes us on an adventure at the Birmingham Zoo! We check out some of the goodies you'll find at this year's Jerry Brown Arts Festival! The doctor joins us to take your questions! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!