Good Day Alabama: May 17, 2015

Good Day Alabama: May 17, 2015

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Lake Logan Martin for the 6th Annual Logan Martin Lakefest and Boat Show. The event is at Lakeside Park in Pell City - 2801 Stemley Bridge Rd - this Friday and Saturday. It is Alabama's largest in-water boat show and festival and this year promises to be the definitive event to kick off summer in Alabama. Friday's activities run from noon until 9am and include music from Justin Gannon and Gadsden Highway Band as well as a fireworks show honoring veterans from the Colonel Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home. Saturday's activities run from 9am until 9pm and include music from Jimmy Edwards, Suzanna Seals, Chase Davidson, & Matt Bennett Band. There will be raffle giveaways every hour on the hour that LakeFest is open. Last Year's Logan Martin LakeFest and Boat Show drew thousands of visitors out to the beautiful shores of Logan Martin Lake at Pell City Lakeside Park. Hundreds of vendors shared their wares while the public enjoyed a free day of sun, music, boats, and fun. The point of Lakefest is to celebrate one of the area's greatest natural resources - Logan Martin Lake, promote Logan Martin Lake and the surrounding cities as great places to live, raise money for the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association, showcase local businesses, and provide value to vendors and partners. For more information, visit

BETH K - Years of research shows that media images can mess with our body images and contribute to unhealthy obsessions with food, diets, and weight. But what about the effects of social media? While some researchers have explored the relationships between using social media and disordered eating, the studies have been limited. Now, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have explored this issue. The surveyed 1,765 young American adults between the ages 19 to 32. They asked them about their social media use on a large variety of platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Vine, Snapchat, and Reddit. They also asked them to complete a questionnaire that measured how concerned they were about eating - we'll call this "eating concerns".

This questionnaire can help identify people who may be at higher risk for developing an eating disorder. Volunteers record how strongly they agree or disagree with statements such as: 
- "My weight negatively affects the way I feel about myself"
- "Someone has expressed concerns about my eating patterns" 
- "Food dominates my life"
The researchers then analyzed the data. Here's what they found: 
• The median amount of time the volunteers spent on social media was 61 minutes a day
• The median number of visits to social media was 30 visits a week
• The people who spent more time on social media and who visited social media more often were more likely to score higher on the eating concerns questionnaire - 33 percent -  than people who spent less time on social media - 21 percent. 
• We can flip this around and look at it another way. For the people who scored low on eating concerns, making them less likely to develop and eating disorder, most of them were  
So does this mean that using more social media could make you more likely to get an eating disorder? NO! First of all, not all heavy social media users had excessive eating concerns. This was an observational study that showed there was likely to be some sort of relationship between using social media and being overly concerned about eating. It does not mean that it caused it. But there could be some sort of relationship there. One hypothesis here is that when we are on social media, we may compare ourselves to other people we see there. And often those comparisons are unfavorable, making us feel bad about ourselves. It's also important the eating disorders are caused by many different factors coming together. Simply using a lot of social media, in the absence of other risk factors, is unlikely to be a single cause of eating disorders, although it could contribute. But there's a lot of work to be done in this area so stay tuned - but not too much on social media! 
Source:  Sidani et al 2016 "The Association between Social Media Use and Eating Concerns among US Young Adults." J Acad Nutr Diet

MONEY TUESDAY - Hundreds of thousands of students will soon graduate from high schools and colleges across the nation and will seek either summer or full-time jobs.  It's no secret that the job market continues to be very tight, especially for first-time job seekers.  In many cases, you'll have only one shot at making a great impression.

Here are seven tips to get you noticed:
1. Be early.  Expect the unexpected to happen and make sure you arrive early for your interview.  The last thing you'll want is to start the interview with an explanation of how a traffic jam caused you to be late.

2. Control your image.  Recognize that your very first impression will be visual so a neatly groomed and well-dressed appearance will make a difference.  Stewart says he realizes that crazy hair, facial hair and body piercings may still be 'cool', but cool isn't what most employers are looking for.  As old-fashioned as it may sound, most employers are still looking for the All-American man or lady. Also, be sure to review your Facebook page and Twitter, Instagram, etc

3. Research the company.  It's never been easier to learn about the company you are interviewing.  Most companies have some Internet presence through either a company website or Internet articles.

4. Focus on the opportunity.  Too many job seekers focus on what the company can do for them versus how their skills can benefit the company.  Avoid initiating conversations about salary, vacation time or perks and instead, focus your comments on how your skills can help the company achieve its goals as well as the opportunity you see for yourself in the company.

5. Exude confidence.  People want to work with people who are fun, relaxed, and confident in the way they deal with others.  You can help build your confidence by being prepared for the interview by following the tips in this article.  Also, the more you interview, the easier it will become.

6. Be prepared to promote yourself.  No one's going to blow your horn for you so you'll need to be prepared to discuss your unique skills for this job.

7. Say, "Thank You", in writing.  Most job seekers simply move to the next interview without so much as a thank you to the interviewer for their time.  Others do send a thank you note but rarely is that note handwritten.

STORYTELLING FESTIVAL - On Friday and Saturday, the sixth annual University of North Alabama Front Porch Storytelling Festival will be held on the UNA Campus in Florence. This festival was recently selected as the top twenty events in the Southeast to visit. Competing with 13 states, UNA was honored to be one of those selected. Storytellers from all over the world will be telling stories day and night, starting from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. The cost is $15 per day or $25 for the two-day event. In addition to tellers like Dolores Hydock, Donald Davis and Bil Lepp, we have our first storyteller from England; all of our tellers are guaranteed to make you laugh and even tear up at times. People have purchased tickets from all over the nation including Washington State, Idaho, Utah, Massachusetts, etc. From 6 p.m.- 10 p.m., there will be music from Three on a String and the Dill Pickers who will entertain you in McFarland Park, under a tent beside the beautiful Tennessee River. Rain locations are Norton Auditorium. Visit for more information or call 1-800-TALK-UNA.

WILDLIFE EXPERT - Stuart R. Goldsby is the Regional Hunter Education Coordinator for Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. Today he discusses shooting ranges, range rules, and etiquette.

3 important Range Rules: 
     1. Must have a license, not just a pistol permit
     2. Must use paper targets only
     3. Must shoot rifle/pistol so bullet impacts embankment

Firearm Safety Rules:
     1. Treat Every firearm as if it is loaded
     2. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
     3. Know your target and what is beyond
     4. Do not put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot

For more information on ranges, visit For more information call Outdoor Alabama's Wildlife section 334-242-3469, Enforcement section 334-242-3467, Fisheries section 334-242-3471, or visit

BIKE SAFETY - Friday is National Bike to Work Day. As we approach it, we remind you about some bike safety this week. Today we focused on helmets while riding your bike and why they are so important.

SPORTS HALL OF FAME - The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 48th Annual Induction Banquet is Saturday at the Birmingham Ballroom at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame would like to congratulate our 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees! The class of 2016 includes James Brooks, David Cutcliffe, Jim Fulmer, Oscar Gamble, Martha Jones Lang, Chris Samuels, Calvin Smith, and Andrew Toney. And the Distinguished American Sportsman is Edgar Welden. For tickets or more information, visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we take you live to the Regions Pro-Am to find out what stars are on hand. Jeh Jeh gets us geared up for Bike to Work day! The doctor joins us to take your questions about your kids and their health. Mickey introduces us to his newest buddies at the Birmingham Zoo! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!