Good Day Alabama for December 31, 2013

Good Day Alabama for December 31, 2013

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for December 31, 2013:

BETH K - Over the past couple of years, some well-done studies have shown that multivitamins don't help us lower our risk diabetes, heart disease or cancers. Three more studies published in the December 17 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine found that taking a multivitamin was no better than a placebo in preventing heart disease, memory loss, or living longer. Now, does this mean that you should give up your multivitamin? This is one of those situations where I leave it up to my patients. There's no harm in it - as long as you supplement safely and don't ignore a healthy diet because you think a multi is keeping you safe. I admittedly take a small dose supplement myself (the serving size is two tablets - I just take one a day).  and there could be some benefits not revealed in these studies. So here is what UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchen recommends
- Don't Spend a lot of Money There will always be salespeople who try to convince you that their supplement is better than everyone else's. A month's worth of these expensive supplements can cost you well over $20 to $30. Don't fall for it! Often, store brands are just as good as expensive name brands. How do you know if a brand is of good quality?
- Look for the "USP" sign on the bottle. USP stands for "United States Pharmacopeia". The USP seal of approval means the supplement is high quality and will dissolve in your stomach.  
- Look for Supplements that Don't Give You Overdoses Some supplements have 5,000% of the daily value for various nutrients. This is just not necessary for most nutrients. You do not need mega doses for most vitamins or minerals. In fact, it might even be dangerous. There are some exceptions. The extra vitamin B12 in "over 50" supplements is helpful for seniors who often do not absorb B12 as well as when they were younger.  
- It is a Supplement, Not a Substitute! Vitamin/mineral supplements can be a helpful addition to a healthy diet-but they cannot replace all the nutrients that we get from foods.

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Ryan Cordry discussed osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. Osteoarthritis of the hip and knee is the most common reason for hip and knee pain and is also known as degenerative joint disease, or "wear and tear" arthritis. Protective cartilage around these joints become worn away and cause pain. It is typically most prevalent in people over 50 but can also affect people who are overweight or who have experienced knee or hip trauma or who may be genetically predisposed to osteoarthritis. Symptoms can present as pain during activity, walking with a limp, limited range of motion, & joint stiffness. Osteoarthritis in these joints tends to progress over time. Treatment can include weight loss-to remove the load carried by the joints, walking aids, cortisone shots, anti-inflammitory meds, physical therapy, knee arthroscopy, & knee surgery. You can find Dr. Cordry at Princeton Baptist Medical Center.

JAY PHAROAH - Jay Pharoah returned to Studio 8H for his fourth season of Saturday Night Life. Pharoah is best known for his wide array of uncanny celebrity impressions including President Barack Obama, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Stephen A. Smith and Kanye West, as well as for his recurring character of school principal Daniel Frye. New Year's Buffet included. Rosemary Pepper Beef Rib Roast, Herb Roasted Airline Chicken with Cream Sauce, Bacon wrapped Green Beans with Brown Sugar Soy, Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes, Winter Root Au Gratin, White Chocolate Bread Pudding w/ Spiced Rum Sauce. For tickets or more information for tonight's appearances, call the Comedy Club Stardome at (205) 444-0008 or visit stardome.com.

 BOWL GAME APPS - The SEC made its bowl season debut yesterday. Whether watching from home or traveling with the team, you can keep up with all of the teams and games throughout the bowl season. Bowls like the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Capitol One Bowl and Chick-Fil-A Bowl have their own apps this year to ensure fans have up-to-date information and access to team stats, rosters and more.  The Allstate Sugar Bowl app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/allstate-sugar-bowl/id730490884?mt=8 includes maps, bowl history, social media interactive options, answers to FAQs and instant news and schedule changes for the Allstate Fan Fest and the game itself. It's great for Tide fans headed to New Orleans for the game. Texas A&M fans will enjoy the $5 off FanFest ticket discount found in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl app http://www.chick-fil-abowl.com/APP.aspx. Users also have access to video and photo updates, a live team tracker, information about Atlanta's best restaurants, hotels and attractions and stadium information for the Georgia Dome. Gamecock fans going to Orlando can use the Capitol One Bowl app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/capital-one-bowl/id762868885?mt=8 to find everything they need to know, including event schedule for the bowl events, maps, driving directions, stadium information and more.   If you're team's bowl doesn't have it's own app, check out ESPN College Football. The Bowl Bound section of the app has a full history and game results for each bowl, dating back to the first time the bowl was ever played.

NEW YEAR'S BEERS - Matt Kilpatrick of Birmingham Beverage discussed similarities between beer and wine. He also discussed glassware and how can you class up your holiday with the appropriate glassware for you beverage of choice.

MONEY TUESDAY - After thirty-something years working with individuals and families on their personal finances, Stewart Welch has developed the uncanny ability to predict their financial futures, often after spending just a few minutes with them.  You see, financial success, or lack thereof, comes down to a mindset…a decision to succeed followed by an implemented plan of action.  Today he's going to use his so-called crystal ball to predict your financial success in 2014.
1. He predicts… that if you create financial goals for 2014, you'll increase your chances of significantly improving your finances by 20%.
2. He predicts… that if you write down your goals for 2014, you'll increase your chance of success to 60%.  It's not enough to just 'think' your goals.  Research suggests that the mere act of writing down a goal significantly increases the chance of achieving it
Here's his recommendation:  grab a pen and sheet of paper right now…don't wait!  Write down one to three simple, achievable financial goals for 2014.  Examples might include:  
· Reducing your debt by a specific dollar amount;
· Increasing your long-term savings and investing by a specific dollar amount;
· Starting a college savings plan for your child or grandchild.
Don't just 'think it', write it down.  It's the act of writing that makes the difference.
3.  He predicts… that if you take each written goal and place them where you'll see them every day, your chance of success will rise to 80%.  Each day ask yourself, "What can I do today to move me towards my goals?"
4.  He predicts… that if you 'automate' your goals, you'll increase your chances of success to 90%.  The single best way to achieve a goal is to set in motion an automated system for achieving it.  For example, let's assume one of your goals is to save $1,000 towards your child's college education.  Your best action is to go to the www.CollegeCounts529.com website; open the account; then have $83.33 automatically drafted from your checking account each month.  In other words, "Talk is cheap.  Action speaks volumes!"  The single best way to fail to achieve a goal is to rely on your own self-discipline.
5. He predicts… that if you create a big enough 'Why' related to your goals, there's a 100% chance that you'll achieve your goal!  There's a saying, "If you create a big enough WHY, the 'how' will take care of itself.  Take a moment to look at the goals you've written down (you did stop and do this, right?).  Why is each one important to you?  Whatever your WHY is, write it down next to the goal.  For example, if your goal is to begin a college fund for your daughter, why is that important?  Stewart has a friend who always excelled academically.  In her senior year of high school, she applied for, and was accepted to an outstanding private school.  She was so excited and couldn't wait to tell her parents.  Imagine her disappointment when her parents told her that they couldn't afford the tuition.  How important is it to you for your daughter to be able to attend the best college that she can qualify to attend?

For more on these and other predictions from Stewart, visit www.welchgroup.com.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we invite you to start your new year with us! We catch up with some of the folks in the Homewood High School Band as they prepare to march in the Rose Parade! Jeh Jeh Pruitt helps drop the Moon Pie tonight in Mobile and right here on FOX6... but he wakes up early to join us for the first day of the new year! We check out the consumer trends to expect in 2014! Planning a vacation in 2014? Alabama releases it's vacation guide and we check out all the hot spots! And we cook up some of your favorites for New Year's Day in the Good Day kitchen! Join us for all of this and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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