Good Day Alabama for August 29, 2013

Good Day Alabama for August 29, 2013

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for August 29, 2013:

JEH JEH LIVE - New businesses - from food, to bed-and-breakfast, to banks - opening up in Birmingham's Historic 5 Points South area these days.... And Jeh Jeh took us there live this morning to check out some of the new spots bringing revenue to the city.

UPS CRASH PACKAGE - The UPS plane crash that claimed the life of two pilots is still fresh on our minds.  The packages are an afterthought, but what about the folks who finally got their packages from that plane?  Did they know the story behind it and if so, does it produce and eery reaction?  Susan Lee of Hoover joined us this morning to share her emotions after such a package arrived on her doorstep.

EYE DOCTOR - Dr. Rebecca Doss from VisionFirst Eye Center discussed eye health this morning. Dr. Rebecca Doss participates in the Infantsee program which provides a free comprehensive eye exam for infants 6 to 12 months old regardless of income or insurance. Also, free Lasik Screenings are available at any VisionFirst Eye Center location. Call to schedule an appointment at (205) 949-2020 or visit www.visionfirsteyecenter.com. September is Eye Health Month. To have healthy eyes and good vision you need a healthy body. When you have diabetes, high cholesterol levels, or you smoke, you have a higher risk of damage and vision loss. Quitting smoking can improve your eye health. Smokers are 4 times more at risk to develop macular degeneration. Smokers have double the risk to develop cataracts.  Regular physical exams are important to eye health. Make sure your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure are evaluated yearly.Finding and treating problems early may save your vision. High blood cholesterol level causes plaque build-up in our arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart which can lead to heart disease or stroke, which can be harmful to your eyes. Along with causing heart and kidney problems, untreated high blood pressure can also affect your eyesight and lead to eye disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in American adults. Diabetes may increases your risk of glaucoma. If you have diabetes, you should have a complete eye exam every year.  She recommends routine eye exams - once a year for everyone over the age of 40... And every 1 to 2 years if you're under the age of 40 (unless recommended otherwise by your doctor). This is an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss. What age is too young for an eye exam? Eye exams are essential for early detection and treatment of vision problems in children. A screening does not replace a dilated eye exam. The American Optometric Association recommends that in addition to screenings offered by pediatricians, comprehensive eye examinations should be scheduled for ages 6 months, 3 years and 5 years, regardless of vision concerns. After that every other year if no problems, every year if anything is detected.

OUR HOUSE - The college football season opens tonight and the NFL season, a week from tonight.  How can you enhance your viewing pleasure of the games?  Ferlando Parker is a home entertainment specialist. He joined us with some tips. He showed us the importance of making sure you get the proper bracket for the proper television - weight makes a major difference. He also showed us the importance of knowing where your cables are and mounting your tv so you don't have cable sticking out all around or running across the room.

100 BLACK WOMEN - The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. will be in Birmingham on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center to install 52 professional women as the new Central Alabama Chapter. Featured entertainment will be recording artist Eric Essix. The newly formed NCBW - Central Alabama Chapter, Inc. is a progressive, proactive group of African-American women leaders that advocate on behalf of women of color through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote its national and international agendas on leadership development and gender equity in health, education and economic development.  For more information, visit www.ncbwcentral-al.org.

PET OF THE WEEK - Tricia Preston with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! His name is Buddha. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call (205) 942-1211 or visit gbhs.org

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama
, football is officially here! Jeh Jeh takes us to a local high school for a pep rally to get us fired up! Singer Melba Moore drops by the studio to talk about her life and career and to perform some music for us! Comedian Nephew Tommy stops by the studio with a few laughs! We check out your business and entertainment headlines. And Mickey's friends from the Birmingham Zoo drop by for a visit! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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