Good Day Alabama for March 27, 2013

Good Day Alabama for March 27, 2013

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for March 27, 2013:

CARBS VS FAT - Dr. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus at Cornell, comes to UAB to do a debate with another nutrition specialist on merits of high carb/low fat diet VS low carb/high fat diet in cancer prevention and overall wellness. Campbell is a leading proponent of what he calls the China Study…..recommending a diet high in carbs/veggies and low in protein/fat. He wrote "The China Study" in 2005 - The book chronicles his findings about diet and health from his career in basic science. While not calling himself a vegetarian or vegan, Campbell supports a whole-food, plant-based, low protein/low fat diet. Campbell will face off with a physician from Duke who supports the Atkins diet in a public debate tonight at 5pm. Eric Westman, M.D., has conducted clinical trials regarding the Atkins diet, made famous by Robert Atkins in 1972. The Atkins diet, sometimes called the antithesis of the China Study, suggests that lower consumption of carbohydrate and higher consumption of fat leads to better cardiovascular health. Westman is a physician specializing in obesity medicine and associate professor of internal medicine at Duke University. He co-author "New Atkins for a New You" - an updated version of the high fat/low carb Atkins diet. The public debate between Campbell and Westman, "High vs. Low Carbohydrate Diets for Cancer Control and Overall Health," will take place at 5-6:30 p.m. tonight at the UAB Alumni House, 1001 13th Street South.

JEH JEH LIVE - The 5th Annual Rumpshaker 5K and 1 Mile Bunny Run is Saturday at 8am at Sloss Furnaces. Bring the whole family out and have some fun! There will be complimentary water, sports drinks, bagels, and bananas. Also, don't miss the 30 foot "Inflatable Colon" which resembles a bounce house for kids, but actually illustrates the difference between normal and abnormal colon tissue. This educational tool has opened countless conversations about an often awkward subject - colon health. The reason for the race is colorectal cancer awareness. Rumpshaker, Inc., the foundation behind the Rumpshaker 5K, raises awareness about colorectal cancer and the importance of regular colon screenings through our community education events and the annual Rumpshaker 5K event. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and is equally common in men and women. Early detection is vital in overcoming this preventable, treatable, and beatable disease. Participants have several registration options, including running with a team, as an individual, or not running at all ("My Rump is Sleeping In"). You can find more information and register at www.rumpshaker5K.com.

ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Susan Russell from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Tayra. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.

NEW CAR MODELS - Automakers move to the Big Apple for the final new car introductions of the 2013 auto show season and national auto expert Doug Brauner showed us a sneak peak at the next wave of vehicles being introduced for the very first time. The show is open to the public March 29th - April 7th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. For more from Doug, visit www.thecarczar.com.

ASK THE PET DOCTOR - Dr. Jerome Williams from Red Mountain Animal Clinic joined us to take viewer questions about their pets. For more information, call (205) 326-8080 or visit redmountainanimalclinic.com.

GARDENING - Debbie Bartoletti from Aldridge Gardens joined us with details on a Vegetable Gardening Class that will be April 6th from 9-11am. Want to feed your family from your garden, but don't know where to start? Grow your knowledge at Aldridge Gardens and prepare to start planting! The class will be taught by James Horton, Director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The cost is $12 members/$15 non-members. Class size is limited, please pre-register. For beginners and intermediate gardeners, this seminar is focused on everything you need to know to start growing your own tasty vegetables. Learn the details of planting spring and summer vegetables, including site selection, soil type, soil prep, timing of planting, vegetable varieties, planting techniques, organic and inorganic fertilizers, and how to manage insects and diseases. You will leave with hand-outs and the confidence to begin your own garden. Debbie also showed us inside the new Aldridge Garden Gift Shop - Roots. It is now open Monday through Friday from 10am until 3pm for the public. It showcases annuals, perennials, shrubs, pots and containers, books, home and garden accessories, gifts and more. Aldridge Gardens has extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday from 4-7pm for members only for fishing. And Wednesdays are Dog Days - dogs must be on leashes. Disposal bags will be available at the Gatehouse. For complete details, visit http://aldridgegardens.com/.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, want to be part of Auntie Litter's Litter Patrol and Earth Day Parade? She joins us with details on how you can audition! Rob and Jeannine and Magic 96.5 are watching American Idol just as closely as we are this year and they're ready to share their thoughts and predictions! We catch up with them live! Paint the Town Red partners with The Baron's and we find out how you can take advantage of this new pairing to save you money! And our Pet of the Week joins us in the studio - you don't want to miss that! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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