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JEH JEH LIVE - The Job Fair will be today at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center from 9am until 1pm. The job fair is being sponsored by the Alabama Career Center System/Department of Labor, WBRC FOX6 News, and the City of Birmingham. It will be in the East Exhibition Halls 1, 2, & 3. This one-day event brings together a diverse group of employers actively looking for employees. It provides a fantastic opportunity for you and your job search. It is the place where many employers from around the state and in your hometown area come together to tell you about their companies, introduce you to the jobs available at that particular time, and let you apply for those jobs on the spot. In some cases, employers conduct interviews at the job fair, too. If you find out that there's a job fair in your area, don't miss it! To pre-register for the Job Fair, please visit www.labor.alabama.gov/jobfair. You can also register onsite and find help with resources like your resume.
HOPES FOR THE HEROES - As Hope For The Warriors celebrates National Military Appreciation Month and those brave men and women who serve and have served in the United States military, the national nonprofit also commemorates its 10th anniversary by launching a Serve 2 Serve campaign. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Through a variety of comprehensive support programs, the organization is focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. Once a successful recovery is complete, the Serve 2 Serve campaign encourages veterans to return to service by serving military comrades in need. Visit www.hopeforthewarriors.org for more information.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Monica Hunter, MD, is with Birmingham Heart Clinic at St. Vincent's East. She joined us to take viewer questions about heart health. She also pointed out that women often function as the caregivers for their entire family; their children, spouse, and often their parents and/or grandchildren as well. She reminded women how important it is to care for yourself. It's important that you schedule regular checkups with your doctor. You can make the most of your doctor's visit by being honest and upfront about any symptoms or problems you are experiencing. Even if you feel embarrassed or shy; having an open discussion with your doctor helps him/her determine your best care plan. There are several routine screenings recommended for women, depending on your age and/or family history blood pressure, cholesterol check, Diabetes screening, mammogram, cervical cancer screening, bone mineral density test, and colorectal cancer screening. Check with your insurance plan to learn which tests may be covered as preventative services at no cost to you.
GARDENING - Bethany O'Rear, Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, discussed treating for mosquitoes! With all of the recent concerns with mosquitoes and related diseases – we should be vigilant in protecting ourselves and our communities. There are 60 mosquito species in Alabama. The most common type is the Asian tiger mosquito and it carries disease. There are also nuisance species that have a nasty bite but are not known to transmit disease. And then there are the beneficial species that help control or reduce populations.
It figures if we have fewer mosquitoes around, there'll be fewer that could bite and infect us. Varieties differ in how far they can travel, but most are somewhere between 300' and 2 miles. Remove standing water to prevent breeding grounds. But doesn't just worry about it on your own property. Abandoned or poorly maintained swimming pools, either above or in-ground, are wonderful mosquito "nurseries". Roadside litter, often cups or containers that hold water, is often untouched for days and weeks which is plenty of time for several hundred larvae to hatch and begin searching for a blood meal. Trash piles, junk cars, tire swings – basically any item that can hold a small amount of stagnant or slow moving water, are potential breeding grounds. In addition, mosquitoes can go through all four life stages in 4 to 7 days, incentive to keep water sources fresh, as example dumped out and refilled birdbaths.
Use Bt products – mosquito dunks for standing water. There are many formulations that are safe. Bt is a bacteria that affects the gut of the larvae and will not impact the birds in your bird bath or other water features. Also, treat resting sites such as shrubs, lower limbs of shade trees, under decks, etc. Use an adulticide with a hose end sprayer to kill the already existing adults. Several different insecticides are available. And do everything you can to prevent being bitten. Try to prevent activities during peak mosquito activity, wear long sleeves and pants, and use mosquito repellents – DEET & picaridin.
ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Danielle Williams from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Spider monkey and SAFE day. For more information, visit www.birminghamzoo.com.