Good Day Alabama: April 20, 2016

Good Day Alabama: April 20, 2016

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders hosts its 60th annual Parade of Homes April 22- 24 and April 29- May 1 throughout the Birmingham metropolitan area. The Parade is a great way for potential new homebuyers and dreamers alike to sample the latest in construction and design trends. With new home sales continuing to rise, the Parade also serves as an opportunity for builders to connect with prospective buyers. Returning for the fifth year is the popular Ideal Home. The Ideal Home serves as a showcase house, featuring the latest in design trends, decor, technology and sustainability. The 2016 Ideal Home is in Altadena Park in Vestavia and is located at 3559 Altadena Park Lane. In addition to the more than 50 featured homes, this year the Parade will feature 17 villages. A village is a new home community with at least one entered home. This allows builders and developers to highlight amenities of their communities, such as neighborhood pools, walking trails and playgrounds. Comprehensive tools are available online to help plan a Parade route. Visit for Parade maps, home and village previews, Ideal Home information, driving directions and more. 2016 Parade of Homes magazines are also available for pick-up at Birmingham-area Realty South offices. The Parade is free and open to the general public between the hours of 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Jesse Daniel from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Dinosaur Discovery. For more information, visit

TRAVEL TIPS - Did you know there are 59 national parks across the United States? And according to a new travel study, 70 percent of adults in the U.S. have visited at least one national park and would recommend those trips to others. While the Grand Canyon and the Washington Monument top the list of most popular, Travel Channel's Samantha Brown shares expert advice for planning the perfect trip to any park. From hidden waterfalls to mountain top dining, to camping on the less touristy North Rim, Samantha can share secret spots, top trails and tips for taking the road less traveled.

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Gigi Youngblood from Children's of Alabama takes viewer questions about children's health. She also discussed drowning. In the US, 10 people die per day on average from drowning, 2 of which are children. In children ages 1-14, drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death. In children ages 1-4, most drownings occur in a home pool. Drowning can occur in as little as 1 inch of water. To prevent drowning, a parent should devote his/her undivided attention in supervising children - even at pools with lifeguards. Swimming skills help prevent drowning but do not take the place of good supervision. Learn CPR. Wear US Coast Guard-approved life jackets.  Have a 4 sided pool fence, not just 3 sided, for home pools.

AGING - We've all heard the anti-aging mantra—"50 is the new 30!" or "60 is the new 40!" CEO of AARP Jo Ann Jenkins says no way....50 is the new 50, and her new book disrupts every age-old myth about the over 50 set. AARP deployed hidden cameras to show what age discrimination feels like. Not only is Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP, revealing footage from this social experiment - she outlines concrete ways to be an age disruptor. This is a hot topic for everyone - because half of those born this year will live to be over 100. JoAnn gives tips on how to Disrupt Aging in her book by that same name. She shows us how to confront ageism at work or anywhere.  This book changes the way we look at getting older.  Find out how you can help #DisruptAging at

GARDENING - Fred Spicer with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens joins us to discuss what's going on at the gardens these days. He discusses what's in bloom these days - Azaleas, Bigleaf Magnolias, Cherries, Dogwoods, Ferns, Flowering Shrubs, Forsythia, Herbs, Irises, Native Azaleas, Redbuds, Rhododendrons, Tulips, and Wildflowers. He also discussed Earth Day at the Gardens. Earth Day at The Gardens returns on April 23, 2016 from 11 – 4 p.m. in Blount Plaza. Admission is free! This year, the annual celebration will celebrate The Gardens' Moon Tree, which grows just above Blount Plaza. Planted in 1976 after traveling to space as a seed aboard Apollo 14 to test the effects of weightlessness on germination, the Moon Tree now stands 80-feet tall. The Gardens will have a hands-on display about the dispersal method of the sycamore seed, which floats on the wind like tiny parachutes. Beneath the Moon Tree, children will be able to make their own hand-held parachutes from coffee filters. On display will be seedlings from The Gardens' Centennial Tree Program, grown from local seed sources of native trees for replanting Birmingham's parks, waterways and tornado-damaged areas. Earth Day at The Gardens takes place from 11-4 p.m., and it will include exhibitor booths, local vendors, free activities and live music from Tommy Ellison. For complete details, visit

GREEN TIE AFFAIR - The 20th Annual Green Tie Affair is Friday night from 6:30-11:00pm at Old Car Heaven! The new Recycling Center in Avondale is open and crushing glass and baling materials to be recycled. After all, it took to get there, it will be time to celebrate. This is the largest FUN-draiser of the year. Always one of the highlights of the spring, Green Tie Affair is a gala with food, beverages, music, and silent and live auction. For tickets and more information, visit

KIDS & NUTRITION - Childhood neurological expert and founder of the Brain Balance Program, Dr. Robert Melillo has helped countless parents struggling to raise kids with conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, and other processing and learning disorders. These all fall under a larger umbrella – Functional Disconnection Syndrome – an imbalance in the way a child's brain is developing.  As parents of these children know, FDS can also lead to an obstinate relationship with food; impairments in one or more of the senses make food uninteresting or unappealing.  At least 85% of children with FDS are plagued by an immature digestive system, putting them at risk for nutritional deficiencies that hinder both body and brain growth. With this in mind, Melillo created THE DISCONNECTED KIDS NUTRITION PLAN: Proven Strategies to Enhance Learning and Focus for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders: a complete at-home nutritional program that delivers optimum brain nutrition. Dr. Melillo shared his strategies with Mike and offered help to parents with dinnertime dilemmas and everyday food challenges. He says the problems parents experience today – the fussiness, the clenched teeth, the unrelenting food fights that disrupt nearly every family meal – will all go away as the brain gets back into balance with the Brain Balance Program shared in THE DISCONNECTED KIDS NUTRITION PLAN.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, teach your kids about money before they head off to college! We turn to an expert for some great advice! We've heard the expression - behind every great man is a great woman. A new book looks at several of the great First Ladies behind the President. Get all your sports and summer gear organized before the summer arrives. We show you how in Our House! And we introduce you to our Pet of the Week! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!