Good Day Alabama for October 8, 2013

Good Day Alabama for October 8, 2013

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for October 8, 2013:

JEH JEH LIVE- Atrox Factory is up and running on weekends now and later in October it will be open daily through November 2nd. Most nights the Factory Tour is $18 and on weekends when special guests are on hand there is also a $5 fee at the gate. Atrox does not charge for parking. It accepts cash only. Arrive early and expect long lines - especially on the weekends. The special guest this weekend is Reverend B. Dangerous from Ozzfest and the House of Shock Horror Show. For complete details, visit Atrox Factory is the largest indoor haunted attraction in the Southeast! 40,000 square feet of mindblowing terror one quarter mile of twisted hallways and shocking surprises! Atrox is also the only haunted attraction in the Southeast that donates all proceed to charities in Alabama. Some of this years charity recipients are Shelby County Special Olympics, Ashville Softball Boosters, St. Clair County Animal Shelter, Greater Birmingham Humane Society, Shepards Mission and St. Clair Baseball Boosters.

BETH K- It's cold and flu season time1 U-A-B nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us this morning with pointers on staying as healthy as possible. Here are some tips to keep healthy through the fall and winter months.
1. Wash Your Hands & Use Hand Sanitizer - We all know this one but may not follow through as much as we should and don't touch your face - viruses spread easiest through eye, nose, and mouth tissues.
2. Drink Lots of Fluids - Staying hydrated helps you resist colds.
3. Use a Humidifier and sit in the Sauna - Keeping the air moist keeps your nasal passages from drying out which makes them more susceptible to germs  
4. Sleep - Getting enough sleep is crucial for keeping your immune system healthy. The old standard holds true here: 8 hours a night!
5. Exercise - Exercising boosts your immune system
6. Socialize! - You'd think that being more social would increase your risk of catching a cold because of greater exposure to the virus, but studies show otherwise. There is some evidence that people who have a larger number of social contacts are less likely to get a cold when exposed the virus than those who report fewer social contacts. This does not necessarily mean that becoming more social will actually lower your risk. Maybe those extroverts have some sort of built-in resistance. But it's worth a try!
7. Maybe Vitamin D. But maybe not! Some studies show an effect but a recently well-controlled study shows that high doses of vitamin D did not protect against a cold. However, since everyone in the study started out with pretty healthy blood levels of vitamin D, the results are not so conclusive. However, it does strongly suggest that extra vitamin D, once your levels are healthy, doesn't offer any extra protection.
Notice that adding in extra vitamin C is not on this list - that's because studies show that vitamin C does not help with cold prevention or treatment! Echinacea and zinc are also not on the list due to very conflicting results - most pointing in the negative direction.  

MONEY TUESDAY- We're planning for retirement this morning in money Tuesday. Stewart Welch joined us this morning to discuss annuitizing your retirement. He explained just what this it and what situation its appropriate to use. For more information, visit

FREEDOM CRUSADE- The "Freedom Crusade" will take place from 10:30-2pm on Saturday, October 12, at the Kelly Ingram Park.  The event is a multi-cultural, family-friendly event focusing on all forms of art.  Organizers believe that art and an appreciation of art transcends all countries, languages and cultures.  It benefits  The WellHouse which is a non-profit organization that rescues victims of human trafficking.  Art is large part of the  WellHouse rehabilitation process so the fundraiser makes for a perfect fit! The event will host musicians, painters, dancers at the event...and more! For more information, visit On Saturday, October 12, The WellHouse will be hosting an art benefit called the Freedom Crusade to support the fight against sex trafficking. The event is scheduled to take place at The Kelly Ingram Park from 10:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. and admission is free with donations appreciated. This family-friendly benefit will be emceed by Lisa "Roxanne" Holifield, host of 93.7 WDJC's 'The Roxanne and Chris Show'. Entertainment will include performances by: Grammy nominated artist, Kip Traylor; DJ's Har Megiddo & Rusty Russell; the High Fidelics; the Tragic City Rollers; the Illumny Dance Crew and Restoration Arts Dance; and many other local talents. Guests will enjoy children's festivities such as face-painting, delicious food from local vendors, and opportunities to win great door prizes. A silent auction will also be held, from which proceeds will go directly to The WellHouse's efforts to rescue and restore victims of sex trafficking across the Southeast and the nation. Since it's founding in 2010, the WellHouse has rescued or assisted nearly 100 women, aged 13-54, from the bonds of human trafficking. The WellHouse currently has four homes available for its use, including one transitional home with 24-hour supervision and three homes in renovation. Proceeds from the Freedom Crusade will directly benefit this ministry's desire for growth and impact. For more information about The WellHouse and its ministry, visit or follow them on Twitter (@the wellhouse) and Facebook (thewellhousesaves).

GARDENING-Jimmy Rockett joined us this morning with some gardening pointers. Jimmy explained that there are different heights to Snapdragons. Some hang over the side of the pot and would be great for the  edge. But these are not great for your flower beds. Some are a medium height which would be great in the middle of your container. And there are ome taller varieties which work great in the very middle or back of your container or flower beds. Jimmy says that after they are done blooming (usually when it gets colder), snip the old blooms off. Then in the spring, they will bloom again - usually better than the fall. Sometimes will even go through May. Jimmy says he knows of no pests that get on them, so chemicals are at a minimum. Jimmy says to always use the turkey poop fertilizer when planting as this fertilizer will not burn the plants. For more information, call Jimmy at (205) 981-1151, email him at, or visit his website at ,

GUS MAYER GOES PINK-  Gus Mayer will host its 4th annual Gus Mayer Goes Pink campaign presented by Regions to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) on October 10th thru October 12th. This year, Gus Mayer will host a cocktail party and silent auction on Thursday, October 10 from 6pm-8:30pm, where you can bid on fabulous fashions, furs, jewelry and shoes. A portion of Gus Mayer's sales from specially marked merchandise, including Lola & Sophie's Fall Collection and gift cards throughout the weekend of October 10th thru October 12th will be donated to BCRFA for breast cancer awareness and research." The Gus Mayer Goes Pink campaign was originally launched in September 2010 benefitting BCRFA. Gus Mayer has received tremendous support from friends, local and national companies. This year's Gus Mayer Goes Pink party will showcase a special silent auction with over 50 high demand items, including a selection of accessories, handbags, cosmetics, jewelry, shoes and apparel from designers such as Zang Toi, Tory Burch, Lela Rose, Stuart Weitzman, Longchamp, Regina Jewelry, Hunter Boots USA, Elizabeth & James, Kooba, GIGI, La Prairie, Tom Ford, LAFCO, Dominic Bellissimo, Munro, Brunini, Kooba, Lamarque, OBTB Shoes and more. For a complete listing of auction items, please visit In addition, Gus Mayer will give away 3 gift cards to attendees of the cocktail party, including one for $500, $250 and $100. Lola & Sophie will have a special Gus Mayer Goes Pink trunk and stock show, with a guest appearance from Sophie on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11.For more information on Gus Mayer, please visit or contact Krista Conlin at 205-937-3777. For more information on Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, please visit

AUTISM AWARENESS- The Autism Society of Alabama is kicking off the GRIDIRON GALA on Thursday, October 10th 2013 from 5:30p.m.-10p.m. at Regions Park. The Gridiron Gala is the annual fundraiser hosted by the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Alabama.  The event welcomes residents of Birmingham and surrounding counties for a football themed celebration. The auction has great trips up for bid including a deep sea fishing trip, a deer hunting trip, a beach trip and a trip to Costa Rica.  New to the event is the $10,000 football toss challenge.  Visit for contest details and to purchase tickets.  Carver High School drum line will perform at "halftime" and the Oak Mountain cheerleaders will welcome guests.  The event includes a tailgating buffet provided by Parkview Catering, music, and the silent auction which includes items such as timeless antiques, sports memorabilia, jewelry and much more. Funds raised at the event will go directly to support the mission and projects of the ASA. Some of ASA's past and present initiatives include, camps and conferences for families and network groups as well as an autism awareness car tag, which is available now at your local DMV. "Last year this event raised $50,000 and we hope to expand that number even more. With the prevalence of ASD now 1 in 88, the Autism Society must meet the needs of this growing population," said Melanie Jones, executive director. The Autism Society of Alabama is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving services for as many as 50,000 individuals affected by Autism in Alabama through education and advocacy. For more information about the Autism Society of Alabama and Autism Spectrum Disorders, please call (877) 4-AUTISM or visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, want some special deals and private shopping time? How you can take advantage of a private shopping event ... All to raise money to fight breast cancer! We talk fall gardening with Bethany O'Rear! And the doctor joins us to take questions about preventing and managing diabetes! Mickey takes us to the Birmingham Zoo to meet a new friend! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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