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70,000 hand warmers to be distributed to fans at playoff game


The Green Bay Packers are teaming up with corporate partners, Mills Fleet Farm and Bellin Health, to help battle the forecasted cold by distributing 70,000 hand warmers to fans entering the Sunday, Jan. 15, playoff game at Lambeau Field.

The Packers' NFC Divisional playoff game is slated for 3:30 p.m. CST. One package, containing two individual hand warmers, will be distributed at stadium entrances to fans entering the game. Distribution will be limited to one pack per ticket holder.

Mills Fleet Farm has helped fans battle the cold in the past, distributing 30,000 hand warmers for fans entering the 2007 NFC Championship game and 15,000 hand warmers for fans entering the Packers' 'Return To Titletown' celebration earlier this year. In 2008, the retailer also offered hand warmers in their stores for a limited time to anyone with a valid ticket from that season, in preparation for a late December game.

This year, Bellin Health has joined the effort by supplying 40,000 hand warmers. Combined with Mills Fleet Farm's commitment of 30,000 hand warmers, the supply will cover the estimated 70,000 fans expected to be at the game.

Bellin Health is also providing cold weather tips to fans. Dr. Don Hartig, of the Bellin Health Family Medical Center in Howard, Wis., offered this advice for battling the cold:

Dress appropriately: Hypothermia and frostbite can occur even without subzero temperatures. Wear loose, dry layers, but don't overdress. Give yourself the opportunity to shed layers to adjust to weather changes. Try a mix of cotton or wool underneath, with something waterproof on top.

Put a hat on: Most body heat, about 40 percent, is lost through the head, so wear a hat.

Try mittens instead of gloves: Mittens will offer more warmth to your hands than gloves.

Wear comfortable, waterproof, insulated boots: This will help prevent hypothermia or frostbite by keeping feet dry and warm.

Drink warm beverages: Drink something warm, not hot.

Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages prevent the body from generating heat and can cause dehydration, which leaves one more susceptible to cold weather. As always, drink in moderation.

Watch for warning signs: Learn the signs of hypothermia, including severe shivering, dizziness, drowsiness and confusion. Watch for signs of frostbite, such as grayish, white or yellowed skin, pain or numbness or waxy skin. Get medical attention immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

Get out of wet clothes immediately:Once the game is over and you have the chance, get out of your wet clothing and warm up using a blanket. Drink warm fluids but don't immediately jump into a steaming hot shower or bath.

Should the Packers advance further into the playoffs, the team and the corporate sponsors are planning another distribution of hand warmers.

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