The Green Bay Packers are teaming up with Mills Fleet Farm to help battle the forecasted cold by distributing 70,000 hand warmers to fans with tickets in outdoor seating areas attending this Sunday's playoff game at Lambeau Field.
The Packers' NFC Wildcard playoff game is slated for 3:40 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 again at the 2011 NFC Divisional playoff game, and by distributing 15,000 hand warmers for fans entering the Packers' 'Return To Titletown' celebration in early 2011. 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.
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Bellin Health is also providing tips to fans battling the cold weather this weekend:
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 for 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.