Good Day Alabama for October 8, 2012

Good Day Alabama for October 8, 2012

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for October 8, 2012:

BBB - David Smitherman with the Better Business Bureau joined us with a look at how you should protect yourself from investment scams.  Before you invest your earnings, it is important to check for scams and verify credibility of the investment firm. Asking questions, research the company, reach out to local investment firms and advisers, talk to other investors.  It's essential to take precaution with all investment opportunities. Studies show that investment scams are on the rise over the past decade. Baby boomers in particularly are more vulnerable to such schemes, as many are now managing their own retirement account.  FINRA Investor Education Foundation, specializing in investment fraud, has a plethora of valuable information to help you sort through your next investment decision making. FINRA has provided three key strategies you can use if you aren't certain about a specific investment opportunity: end the conversation, turn the tables and ask questions, and talk to someone first. For more information on protecting yourself from investment fraud, visit www.saveandinvest.org.

BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us with a new study... A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that: 6235 kids ages 8 to 18 were eating almost 3400 mg of sodium a day on average. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that we eat no more than 2300 mg of sodium a day. So the average American child is getting 1000 mg more than the recommended. The kids with the highest sodium intake also had the highest blood pressures. Too much sodium can increase blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and stroke. 15% of the kids in the study already had pre-hypertension or hypertension. So, it's obvious that kids, along with adults, need to lower their sodium. But it turns out that with our food supply and eating habits, that's pretty tough to do.  The number 1 source of sodium in the American diet is processed foods - not the salt shaker. Fast foods, frozen dinners, pizza, and canned foods like soups, and convenience foods like "Lunchables". Often I find that the more convenient a food is to eat, the higher in sodium it is. Here a few numbers on some Fast Food Favorites: McDonald's Big Mac - 1020 mg, Hardee's Sausage Biscuit - 1100 mg, Chick-fil-A - 1410 mg, & Taco Bell XXL Grilled Stuft Beef Burrito - 2020 mg. These numbers are a horror. The gigantic Taco Bell burrito has almost a whole day's worth of sodium. Next, take a look at frozen pizza, canned soup, and frozen meals. Don't forget when you read labels to look at the serving size. The frozen pizza is bad enough for one serving - 750 mg. But when you figure that there are 4 servings in this box and most of us will eat at least half and maybe more, the numbers pop up to 1500 mg or 2250 mg or 3000 mg for the whole pizza! If you eat fast food several times a week, that's a good place to start cutting back. Learning how to read labels for sodium is also helpful. You can start with comparing labels to find foods with the lowest sodium. But you can also use that % of the daily value out next to the sodium. That tells you how much a serving of the food contributes to your daily limit for sodium (2300 mg).  Think about 100% as being the maximum amount you want to get. Foods lower in sodium include most frozen vegetables, fresh meats, natural cheeses, milk and yogurt, & most breads (except bagels and biscuits).
 
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh worked out on this Exercise Monday! He joined us with Curtis Starks at EVO. For more information, call (205) 583-3000.

SELLING YOUR HOUSE - Real estate agent Drew Scott and contractor/designer Jonathan Scott, known as the "Property Brothers", insist that if your home isn't selling, there can only be three reasons why - the neighborhood, the price, or the home itself.  But the good news is there's a buyer for every property, so once you identify and resolve your home's challenges you'll get it sold quickly. In the new HGTV series, Buying and Selling, airing Wednesdays at 8PM ET, Drew and Jonathan prove that there are no bad homes, but rather sellers who don't have a clue why they're losing out to the competition. Drew and Jonathan offered us eye-opening solutions for the three reasons that potentially keep homes from selling as well as smart strategies to attract the right buyers. They demonstrated how even the smallest changes can be effective as they transform a living room set from frumpy to fresh. So, if your home won't sell, ask yourself which of the three deal-killers might be standing in your way:
1) The Neighborhood - the location, the view, and the sounds
2) The Price
3) The Home - clutter, dated fixtures, overly personal décor, tired bathroom, & spot reno vs overall update.
Real estate's dynamic duo, twin brothers Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott have a knack for finding down-and-out fixer-uppers and turning them into perfect properties for their clients.  Jonathan is a licensed contractor and Drew a seasoned agent. Together they've been personally investing in real estate for nearly 15 years and in 2004 founded a company that oversees the sales and construction of residential and commercial projects.

ASK THE GARDENER - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Sallie Lee took questions from viewers about their gardening needs. You can reach her at the Extension office with your questions at (205) 879-6964 ext 11.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we're gardening with Jimmy Rockett! He joins us with ideas for your seasonal beds and planters.... Something more than just pansies! Allison Eastwood - actress and animal activist... and the daughter of Clint Eastwood - introduces us to her latest job - helping rescue animals in need! Our Veterinary Specialist joins us with a look at your pets health and eye care. And how you can Walk Now for Autism Speaks to help out the cause ... that and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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