Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh worked out on this Exercise Monday! He joined us with Curtis Starks at EVO Be Fit. It is located at 2006 2nd Avenue North. Evo is a Boot camp style workout center with its own personal training program tailored to your goals while sharing the attention of your trainer with a few other clients. Curtis and his team work closely with each client to create an optimum workout based on your age, ability, physical condition and lifestyle. For more information, call 205-583-3000 log on to www.evobefit.com.
CHRIS HOGAN ON FINANCIAL SEMINAR - Chris Hogan, Financial Expert and #1 Best-Selling Author, Ramsey Solutions, joined us with Money Myths and Truths.
• Money Myth #1: I can't have a car without a car payment.
Money TRUTH: It's possible to save up and pay cash for a car; you just have to make a plan!
• Money Myth #2: Loaning money to friends is a good idea
Money TRUTH: Loaning money to friends and family puts a strain on the relationship
• Money Myth #3: I don't have time budget.
Money TRUTH: A budget is key to winning with money.
• Money Myth #4: I'm too young to start saving for retirement.
Money TRUTH: You're never too young or too old to start saving.
Join Chris on Thursday evening at "Smart Money with Chris Hogan and Anthony ONeal." It will be at the Alabama Theatre. Tickets start at $39. Visit www.chrishogan360.com for more information or to purchase your tickets.
CITY COUNCIL ISSUES - Council Members Kim Rafferty and Valerie Abbott joined us this morning to talk about the controversy with Birmingham's City Council. Members of the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation will meet tonight to discuss the Birmingham Mayor Council Act and the changes that have been proposed. It's part of a debate that began in early March. Council President Johnathan Austin called the proposed changes to the Mayor Council Act a power grab by the Mayor and his allies... Mayor William Bell says that is not true. The mayor says a lot of the criticism is because of misunderstandings and lies. Several state lawmakers have discussed changes to the Mayor Council Act which is the rule book that outlines how the mayor and council can govern.
BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: SKIMMER SCAMS - Be sure to use caution when withdrawing from automated teller machines, especially in convenience stores and gas stations. Police departments have reported an uptick in skimming devices on ATMs.
How the Scam Works: You need cash, so you stop at a gas station with an ATM. You head to the back of the shop and insert your card into the machine. You may not notice anything strange, but scammers have attached a skimmer to the card reader. These devices "skim" your card's information off the magnetic strip. Many times, scammers also set up a camera nearby. It's pointed at the ATM in order to capture the user typing their PIN into the machine. With these two pieces of information, scammers can access and withdraw money from your account. Many police departments are reporting higher than normal cases of ATM skimming. The spike may be tied to banks rolling out new chip cards, which have encryption technology to make them much more difficult to hack. Until the new technology is fully implemented, scammers are taking full advantage of the current situation. According to Hoover police, three men were arrested last week in connection with a credit card skimming/cloning scheme. Investigators found 32 stolen or cloned credit cards on the suspects. The cloned cards contained the identities of multiple victims and the numbers were stolen through the use of gas pump skimming devices.
The Better Business Bureau offers pointers to protect yourself from an credit card skimmer:
- Use ATMs at banks whenever possible. Avoid ATMs in a low traffic or low light areas.
- Protect your PIN. Place your hand or a piece of paper over the keypad when entering your number.
- Look for signs of skimmers. Tape is often used to attach the skimming devices; if something looks odd, wiggle it to make sure it doesn't come loose.
- Be wary of strange signs. Some con artists attach signs to ATMs providing alternate instructions, such as telling users to swipe their card on a separate reader first.
- If someone offers to "help" you use the ATM, immediately decline and leave. If you feel uncomfortable with the individual, go somewhere well-lit or lock yourself in your car and call the police emergency number.
- Be cautious of ATM failures. If the machine doesn't give you money, or gives you an immediate message that the machine malfunctioned, call the financial institution and let them know.
- Report any problems. Only call a number you know is real, such as the one on the back of your card. Don't call a number posted next to the ATM, as that could be part of the scam. If you aren't sure, call the police non-emergency number.
For more information, visit www.bbb.org.
ALABAMA BALLET - The Alabama Ballet presents Coppélia and the Toymaker. It is a full length ballet about Dr. Coppelius, an inventor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village youth, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart's desire, Swanhilde. She shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life. Performances are this Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30pm, and Sunday at 2:30pm. All performances are at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Tickets range from $25-$55. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 205-202-8142 or visit http://www.alabamaballet.org/.
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 www.bbgardens.org.
MOMMY MINUTE - In today's Mommy Minute segment, we looked at some of the benefits of prenatal and postnatal exercises. Cecilia Pearson with Alabama Baby and Child Magazine shared these tips:
1. The Pure Barre Baby on Board program is a healthy exercise option because it is low-impact, with no bouncing and jostling. Pregnancy is a time filled with physical changes. The program can help keep extra pounds at bay, boost waning energy levels, and tone legs, arms, hips, and bottom. Pure Barre special three-month "Baby Bounce Back" program can help new moms get back in shape after pregnancy. Along with helping promote postpartum weight loss, the program helps tone the body parts that benefit from attention after birth: abs, hips, and thighs. It's also a great way to carve out alone time during those busy first months after the baby's birth.
2. Villager Yoga offers prenatal and postnatal classes. Pregnancy can be uncomfortable at times. During yoga class, one goal is to ease pregnancy discomfort by targeting issues such as back pain or round ligament pain. The classes also can improve the birth experience. Postnatal yoga offers specific benefits geared toward moms who have given birth. For instance, the Yoga for New Moms six-week course focuses first on finding your core. Next comes strengthening and relaxing, especially the shoulders, neck, and upper back.
3. Created by a mom for moms, the Mommy & Me Time fitness program brings a unique fitness option to women in Birmingham. You can choose from a variety of options, including fitness classes (with children), prenatal and postnatal classes, plus fitness boot camps. The indoor classes are a great choice for moms of children who are crawling or walking, while the outdoor classes are ideal for babies and toddlers in strollers. Owner Stacey Jernigan says the benefits of the fitness program for prenatal moms include appropriate weight gain, building pelvic floor and core muscles to aid in delivery and recovery, easier weight loss post pregnancy, and overall stress reduction. For new moms, Jernigan stresses the importance of the emotional and mental support system, along with the physical benefits.