Good Day Alabama for March 11, 2014

Good Day Alabama for March 11, 2014

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for March 11, 2014:

JEH JEH LIVE - REV Birmingham (REV) and Five Points South are proud to present the 30th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. This four-day celebration takes place March 14th - 17th from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and features a parade, live music, bagpipers, food and drink specials at Five Points-area restaurants and bars. The 30th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade procession will begin at the Alys Stephens, travel through Five Points South and end at Cobb Lane. Starting at 11am and following the parade, live music from Hooley & Marc Gunn, Irish dancers from Drake School of Irish Dance and bagpipers from Alabama Pipes and Drums will travel to various Five Points South venues and entertain guests throughout the area. Attendees can also dine and drink in festive, St. Patrick's Day-themed atmospheres of participating Five Points businesses from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. A complete schedule of the events, entertainment venues, parade information and area specials can be found on the Five Points South website at

BETH K - This week, studies cAme out that say BPA's are probably pretty safe, that BPA's might be related to prostate cancer, and that the chemicals in the plastics that don't have BPA's in them may be worse for you than the ones with BPA's in them!!! So what should you do with this seemingly conflicting information?  UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us to explain it all. She says if you've been cutting back on canned foods after the soup study that showed increased levels of BPA in the blood after eating canned soup compared to homemade soup, then you might be relieved to find out that the BPA we're getting may not be harmful.  Beth shared a few facts about BPA and reviewed some recent history with us. BPA is bisphenol A - it is a resin that is used in can linings to prevent cans from corroding  - without it, bacteria could easily thrive, contaminate your food, and cause food poisoning. BPA can also leak into your food - especially when heated - as with canned food or microwaving. It is a known "endocrine disruptor" - it mimics estrogen in the body which has led researchers to question its safety. Researchers have speculated that too much BPA could increase obesity and possibly some cancers. But the big question has always been is it actually dangerous? Many scientists say the amount in cans and plastics is not enough to be dangerous and that our bodies quickly inactivate BPA and that it does not build up in the body. he plastics industry actually requested that the FDA ban BPA's in baby bottles to put the public's mind at ease with regard to buying plastic baby bottles. The FDA banned BPA's in baby bottles in 2012.
     The Big Study This Week: the biggest study that came out was from researchers at the NIH (National Institutes of Health) who gave rats -starting just a few days at conception through adulthood 70 times to millions of times the amount of BPA's that humans get. It was not until rats got doses at millions of times greater than the human dose that they saw any problems or changes in the rats. On the Other Hand .  . .  Another study - very small and not a strong study design - showed that men with prostate cancer were more likely to have higher levels of BPA in their urine. The researchers strongly stated that more research is needed and that their study did NOT show that BPA's cause prostate cancer.  And on the other other hand... Mother Jones magazine came out with an expose (not sure if this was actually research) about how other plastics also leak endocrine disruptors into foods. So how can you avoid the potential plastics problem - if it is indeed a real problem which we really don't know if it is? First of all, Beth is inclined to go with the NIH study because most other studies show that BPA's in the amounts we get are not dangerous. So most research supports their safety - however, she doesn't think the chapter on this is completely closed but she is inclined to go back to including a few more canned foods in her diet and not worry about it! If you're still concerned and simply want to take precautions (there really is no strong evidence that these chemicals are dangerous to us - so this is truly a "just to play it safe"), you can microwave in glass, drink out of glass or stainless steel when possible, and cook fresh when you can and don't worry about using some canned foods.

MONEY TUESDAY - Identity theft thieves are proliferating across America and are using ever more sophisticated techniques to hack your personal information.  There have been well-publicized thefts of customer information by Target, Neiman Marcus and other high profile retailers.  After the Target breach, its fourth quarter profits dropped nearly fifty percent.  Target's losses could provide you a free benefit.  In an attempt to win back customers, Target is offering free credit monitoring for twelve months.  Kimberly Reynolds with the Welch Group joined us to explain this and how you can sign up:

· Target struck a deal with Experian, one of the three major credit reporting companies, to provide credit monitoring through their proprietary ProtectMyID program.  With this program they monitor use of your credit and send you emails regarding any suspicious activity; monitor internet activity related to use of your personal information including Social Security number, debit cards and credit cards; have a team available to help resolve theft of identity related issues.  It also provides $1 million of identity theft insurance protection but this coverage is fairly limited.  For more information visit

· To sign up through Target's offer, visit At this site you'll sign up for, and be emailed, an 'activation' code within seventy-two hours.  You must request your activation code before April 23, 2014.  Once you have your activation code, visit and register for Target's free offer.  This must be completed by April 30, 2014.  As a footnote, I could not find any information about this program on Target's web site so you'll need to access the offer through the web by copying (exactly) the web address: (it's a well hidden secret!).

· As part of the enrollment process, you'll be required to provide your personal information including your name, date of birth, address, and Social Security number. As part of this program, you'll receive a free credit report from Experian.  It does not include credit reports from the other two credit bureaus: TransUnion and Equifax  Remember, each credit bureau must provide you a free report once every twelve months.  My recommendation is to spread out these requests so that you are ordering one every four months instead of all at once.  
This program also does not provide you with your credit score which you can purchase for a modest fee.  At the end of twelve months, you'll have the opportunity to continue the service for about $16 per month.

So, is this a good deal and should you sign up?  Understand that this is not a panacea and won't prevent identity theft but these monitoring services are quite good.  Kimberly recommends that you sign up for the service and determine for yourself over the next twelve months if it's a service worth keeping. For more details, visit

ARC SHAMROCK SHINDIG - The 2nd Annual Shamrock Shindig is Friday at Avondale Brewery. It is presented by the Junior Board for the Arc of Jefferson County!  This St. Patrick's Day themed event will feature music by DJ Mark Goldstein, food, Avondale beer, a photo booth, door prizes, and a raffle of 4 amazing prizes. It runs from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Tickets are $50 for a single ticket or $80 for a couple. The raffle prizes include $10,000 cash or a new Nissan Versa (winner's choice), trip for two to Mexico, new iPad Air, & a $500 Diamonds Direct Gift Card. All proceeds will go directly to one the five programs offered by the Arc: Employment Placement, Adult Day Services, Early Intervention, Residential Services and The Wellness Program. Each of these programs assists our members in leading everyday lives. Your ticket purchase will help these amazing individuals achieve their goal of living just like you and me. To purchase tickets, visit Last year, the event raised more than $20,000 that went to The Arc's job placement programs, day activities and residential homes for adults and an early intervention program for children. The Arc of Jefferson County opened in 1953 to advocate for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Annually, we provide services to over 600 children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to provide as normal a life as possible to our wonderful consumers.

GARDENING - Jimmy Rockett explains the purple blooming weeds in your grass. He says a product called atrazine is a great product to use right now before your grass begins to green up. It tackles a wide variety of weeds and will work when temperatures are at 50 degrees. Jimmy also recommends a product called spreader sticker. This product helps the atrazine stick to the weeds. Bayer advanced, (a blue bottle) all season weed control for the yard works well, too. He reminds us to always read the label. Henbit is the wed that has the purple flower, and it is a broadleaf weed. These products are easy to use. Remember to mark on your calendar the day you sprayed and do a follow up in 7-10 days later if need be. For more information, call Jimmy at (205) 981-1151, email him at, or visit

STAND UP FOR AUTISM - The annual Stand Up for Autism is this Saturday at the Bama Theater in Tuscaloosa. Doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 7pm. This is a benefit for the Arts 'n Autism After School Program/Summer Camp. Arts 'n Autism is an after school program and summer camp for children with autism. Tickets are $30 for a single ticket or $50 for a couple. Arts 'n Autism (A&A) is an after school program which provides respite care and therapeutic programming for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). A&A provides classes in play therapy, social skills, music, art, yoga, and martial arts for children ages 3-18. Each class fosters the child's self esteem while encouraging language development and interaction with peers. To ensure individual attention Arts 'n Autism maintains a minimum 3:1 student to adult ratio. The program was designed to meet three crucial needs:
    Supervised visual and performing arts activities for children who, because of their deficiencies in language and social skills, are unable to utilize existing after school or recreation programs offered by public schools, churches, or other institutions in Tuscaloosa County.
    Respite for family members and other caregivers who are responsible for round the clock care of these children.
    Outreach and assistance to low-income families who would otherwise be unable to secure similar after school and summer camp services for their children with autism.
Like any other after school program, Art 'n Autism meets a practical need that working families have - a safe after school environment for their children until the parents can pick them up after work.
     There will be a live auction and a raffle along with all of the laughs on Saturday. The auction items include an Up Close with the Tide Weekend which includes seats for 2 at Terry Saban's table for "Hey, Coach!" radio call-in show, a photo-op with Coach Saban, a tour of Bryant-Denny Stadium (before noon), Pre-game Sideline passes for Alabama-Western Carolina Football Game, and a weekend stay at the Holiday Inn Express(Friday, Nov. 21-Sunday, Nov. 23); Prize Package from the Ellen DeGeneres Show which includes 4 VIP tickets to the taping of the show, a Sony Playstation 3, a Wii, Wii Fitt, Sol Republic Speaker Deck, and a Dell Tablet; a Jewelry Piece (donated by Hudson Poole Jewelers); and "Champions" picture by Daniel Moore. Framed and Signed (Donated by Downtown Gallery). The Raffle Items include

 a hat signed by Nick Saban, a football signed by Nick Saban, 2 tickets in the Zone to the Alabama vs Florida game on September 20th, a gift certificate for an inflatable bounce rental, a jewelry piece from Burkhalter's Jewelry, a gift basket of baby items from Sugarfoot's and a photo session by Wendy Leight Photographer, one night at at Hotel Capstone with dinner at the hotel's restaurant and breakfast for two at the Waysider, taste of the town with gift cards to several top local restaurants, and much more! For more information, visit

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama
, spring is just around the corner and Jeh Jeh gets us ready with the spring craft show! The doctor joins us to take your questions! Gardening and your health.... How do they link? We look at a new study and find out if you're right to sign up for it! And we get you ready for the top 11 on American Idol to perform! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama.

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