Good Day Alabama for May 22, 2013

Good Day Alabama for May 22, 2013

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JEH JEH - Jeh Jeh joined us this morning with the Alabama Negro League Baseball Reunion. Monday, May 27th will be the picnic in the park; Tuesday May 28th, a press conference will be held; and Wednesday, May 29th will be a special breakfast!

SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT - Parents are you looking for a place to employ your child for the summer? The Dannon Project in partnership with The Jefferson County Center for Workforce Investment Act has a summer youth employment program. Here are the qualifications: You must be ages of 16 -21 years old , low income or receive public assistance and have one or more of the following barrier to employment or education.
-Deficient in basic literacy skills
- Youthful Offender
- High School drop out
- Homeless/Runaway
- Pregnant/Parenting Youth
- Foster care
-Needs additional assistance as defined by JCWIB
There are currently 200 slots available for employment. Friday May 24, 2013 is the deadline to sign up. We are having orientation May 28th and the employers get to interview and choose who they want to work for them..So the students must go through an interview process on the day of orientation. For more information visit www.dannonproject.org.

CANCER SOCIETY 100 YEARS - MIranda Craft with the American Cancer Society, joins us. Today is the 100th Birthday of the American Cancer Society so she focuses on the great work the ACS has accomplished and shares a little of her personal story and connection to cancer. During the last century, ACS led the way in saving lives and creating more birthdays. Today, 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with cancer are surviving (for at least five years). In fact, more than 400 people a day in the US are celebrating birthdays that would have otherwise been lost to the disease. ACS contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US since the early 1990s. That means we've helped save nearly 1.2 million lives during that time. ACS played a role in nearly every cancer research breakthrough in recent history. Each year, ACS helps cancer patients everywhere get the help they need when they need it. For example, last year alone ACS assisted more than a million people who called us for help, providing free services like a place to stay while traveling for treatment, rides to treatment, and emotional support. ACS's work has helped lead to a 50 percent drop in smoking since the 1960s, which has contributed to a drop in overall lung cancer death rates. As the official sponsor of birthdays, ACS knows how important each and every birthday is. That's why we're embarking on our most ambitious undertaking yet. For more information, call (205)930-8860 or visit cancer.org/fight.

ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Andy Scott from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the giraffes and Memorial Day Weekend activities. For more information, visit www.birminghamzoo.com.

KHALED HOSSEINI - Best selling author Khaled Hosseini talked with us about his newest and first novel in 6 years! Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States with his family in 1980, where he went on to train as a doctor with a specialty in internal medicine. In 2006 he was named a United Nations Goodwill Envoy as part of UNHCR, The United Nations Refugee Agency. Inspired by a trip he made to Afghanistan with the UNHCR, Hosseini created the The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Jerome Williams from Red Mountain Animal Clinic joins us to take viewer questions about their pets. For more information, call (205) 326-8080 or visit redmountainanimalclinic.com.
He also discussed National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Throughout the year, the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association encourages all dog owners to be aware of the risks involved with dog bites and to learn about ways they can protect themselves and their families from dog bite incidents. Every year, more than 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs , with more than half of all victims younger than age 14. Approximately 7,000 Alabamians were bitten by dogs in 2012. Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs. Dog owners should review these helpful tips below and always be aware of their surroundings when they are with their dogs. Taking precautions to ensure safety for all involved is the best way to reduce the risk for dog bite accidents. If you are bitten , here is a checklist of things you should do:
• If the dog's owner is present , request proof of rabies vaccination, and get the owner's name and contact info
• Clean the bite wound with soap and water as soon as possible ..
• Consult your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if it's after office hours .
• Contact the dog's veterinarian to check vaccination records.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR FAMILY
Be cautious around strange dogs , and treat your dog with respect .. Because children are the most common victims of dog bites , parents and caregivers should :
• NEVER leave a baby or small child alone with a dog ..
• Be alert for potentially dangerous situations ..
• Teach children - including toddlers - to be careful around pets ..
• Children must learn not to approach strange dogs or try to pet dogs through fences.
• Teach children to ask permission from the dog's owner before petting the dog ..
WHAT'S A DOG OWNER TO DO ?
• Carefully select your pet . Puppies should not be obtained on impulse ..
• Make sure your pet is socialized as a young puppy so it feels at ease around people and other animals .
• Don't put your dog in a position where it feels threatened or teased .
• Train your dog . Basic commands help dogs understand what is expected of them and help build a bond of trust between pets and people ..
• Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy and provide mental stimulation ..
• Avoid highly excitable games like wrestling or tug of war ..
• Use a leash in public to ensure you are able to control your dog.
• Keep your dog healthy .
• Have your dog vaccinated against rabies and other preventable infectious diseases.
• Parasite control and other health care are important because how your dog feels affects how it behaves .
• Neuter your pet. Many veterinarians participate in Alabama's spay/neuter license plate program which offers low-cost spay/neuter services to those who qualify for assistance. This program is funded by the sale of spay/neuter license plates and also by designated funds submitted via a check off box on the Alabama income tax return.
• If you have a fenced yard , make sure your gates are secure ..
For more information, visit www.avma.org

GARDENING - Debra Bartoletti and Jennifer Gowers with Aldridge Gardens joined us to discuss the "11th Annual Art in the Gardens" on June 1st and 2nd and Aldridge Gardens' Hydrangea Propagation Workshop on June 8th from 9:30am-11:15am. Aldridge Gardens is located at 3530 Lorna Road in Hoover. For more information, visit www.aldridgegardens.com.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, the Travel Lady joins us with some great summer travel deals! Bobby Deen, Paula Deen's son, shows us how he makes his mama's meals healthier and how he's using his skills to honor our troops this Memorial Day Weekend. The Georgia Aquarium invites you to visit! We check out the latest attractions your family can enjoy! Jeh Jeh takes us back to the SEC Baseball Tournament to check out all the action! Our Pet of the Week joins us in the studio! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

 

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