Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Ruffner Mountain to learn how it is the Freshwater Land Trust's Red Rock Trail plan. He learned about future plans to connect Birmingham to Ruffner Mountain through the Red Rock Trail. One of the goals at Ruffner Mountain is to educate guests on native Alabama plant species. Often times non-native plants will overtake an area, which causes a loss of biodiversity due to reductions in habitat and food sources available to local organisms which threaten the delicate balance of the ecosystem. Native plants are especially important to pollinators, who feed off the nectar of native plants. Ruffner Mountain wants to promote healthy, native environments both at the Mountain and in peoples' back yards! Ruffner is an incredibly important component to the Red Rock Trail because one of the primary goals of the trail system is to link people to outdoor recreational opportunities. Ruffner Mountain is a great spot for people to reconnect with nature while exercising and learning about their local environment.
There are plans to connect Ruffner Mountain by the sidewalk and shared bike lane starting in the Lakeview District and connecting to Ruffner Mountain via 5th and 1st Avenue South. There will also be a loop of sidewalks and shared bike lanes running around the South East Lake Neighborhood that will lead into the Ruffner Nature Center. While at Ruffner Mountain you can see local animal species! Urban wildlife is a vital component to the ecosystem and many of the urban species can help reduce pests, like mosquitoes and rodents. They are threatened by loss of habitat but through educational programming coming to Ruffner Mountain in 2017, it hopes to educate people on how to help protect these animals.
In 2016, Ruffner Mountain focused work around the core values: education, land conservation, recreation and serving as a valuable resource for the community. In 2017, it plans to focus programs on educating constituents on the importance of sustainable, ecologically sound community recreational spaces, specifically in urban areas. In 2016, Freshwater Land Trust continued to add to the Red Rock Trail system, and in 2017 it will see the start of construction for some exciting projects, including the link to Ruffner Mountain and the extension of the Vulcan Park trail. The Fresh Water Land Trust works to preserve open space and build the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System because it allows communities to reconnect to each other, to neighborhood amenities, to parks and greenspaces, all in an effort to improve health and the connectivity of our community. For more information on the many hiking trails and future plans, visit www.redrocktrail.org/.
NEW IN BOOKS - Susan Swagler writes about books at her "Turn the Page" blog and in Birmingham Magazine. She introduces us to a few ways to start the year off with the right read. There's even a smart self-help book … of course. Today she introduced us to
"The Myth of Water" by Jeanie Thompson
"The Second Mrs. Hockaday" by Susan Rivers
"Butter: A Rich History" by Elaine Khosrova
"Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" by Elizabeth Gilbert
GARDENING - Sandra Reaves of Josie Gladys Gardens discussed root crops and how they help solve soil problems! She says cover crops are planted for the purpose of smothering weeds and improving the soil. Root crops can reach several feet down into the soil. The roots take up minerals from deep in the soil and bring it to the surface. Left in place when leaves have been killed by frost, the dead leaves cover the soil and prevent weed growth. Crops such as radishes, turnips, and carrots drill into the soil, opening up large holes for water and air to enter. Later crops will use these as pathways for their roots. Roots crops left to rot leave deposits of nutrients that are available to feed whatever is planted afterwards. 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 www.Facebook.com/JosieGladysGardens.
BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us with tips to spotting – and avoiding – a fad diet! She sees this all the time. Someone she knows starts the latest fad diet. They're excited. They're losing weight – sometimes too much. She smiles when they tell her about it but in her head she knows that they'll likely gain some or most of the weight back within a year. So, as the New Year begins and weight loss resolutions abound, let's all pull out the fad diet detector kit to spot them and avoid them! How to spot a fad diet:
In the next few weeks, we'll talk about the best diet plans and how to calculate how many calories you need.
FINEBAUM ON FOOTBALL - Janice talked with sports analyst Paul Finebaum about football headlines including Lane Kiffin leaving early at Alabama to take over his duties in Florida, his relationship with Coach Saban, Sarkisian taking over, and Auburn's injuries and loss in the Sugar Bowl.
RINGLING BROS. CIRCUS CLOWN - Come one, come all... the Ringling Brothers Circus: Out of This World is rolling into town! This world-famous circus has been astounding audiences across the globe for over a hundred years. Ever since the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circuses merged their traveling shows in 1919, the legendary circus has more than earned its moniker of The Greatest Show on Earth. The show packs in every single type of circus performance that you can think of, forming a spectacular cavalcade of clowns, trapezists, gymnasts, and escape artists. Bringing the circus right up to date and beyond,
Out of This World is unlike any show Ringling Brothers And Barnum Bailey have ever created. It's an intergalactic adventure, on which we join the circus' host of performers as they journey on their spaceship from one planet to another, in an epic battle of good vs evil. To bring this space-age story to life, Out of This World employs cutting edge lighting and projections. Among the many talented acts are a troupe of skating uni-cyclists and contortionists suspended 50 feet above the air in glowing plastic spheres. Plus, the proceedings are all accompanied by a live band! Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus: Out of This World plays in Legacy Arena at The BJCC in Birmingham, AL, January 19 - 22, 2017.
MONEY TUESDAY - After thirty-something years working with people and their finances, Stewart Welch developed an ability to predict their financial future…usually after as little as a five-minute visit. He can even do it if he's never met you. Kimberly Reynolds with The Welch Group joined us with Stewart's predictions for your success in 2017:
Here's Stewart's recommendation: grab a pen and sheet of paper right now…don't wait! Write down one to three simple, achievable financial goals for 2017. Examples might include:
Don't just 'think it', write it down. It's the act of writing that makes the difference.
Stewart bets that if you follow all five steps you'll be happy with your results.