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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...strong winds and dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Sunday Feb.14 16,12:36 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Cutting Sugar Intake in Half Necessary, New Draft Guidelines from WHO

Food, Wine, & Dining, National & World News, Health & Wellness

The next time you think about gulping down a can of soda, sweet beverage or munching away at sugary food, think again! The World Health ...

How many of you need a pick-me-up midday by downing a can of soda or another type of sweet beverage? Well, under the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new draft guidelines, your sugar intake should only make up 5 percent of daily calories.

If you think about it, a can of soda has 35 grams of sugar. Under the new draft guidelines, you should not have more than 25 grams of sugar, or 100 calories, based on a daily intake of 2,000 calories.

By reducing everyone’s sugar intake, it can play a positive role towards reducing obesity as well as preventing tooth decay.

“Obesity now affects half a billion people in the world and it is on the rise in all age groups,” according to Dr. Francesco Branca, the director of WHO’s Department for Nutrition for Health and Development. Dr. Branca also added, “Caries is one of the most common non-communicable diseases and it creates discomfort, pain and it eats up to 5 percent of the health budget.”

The new guidelines recommend a reduction in free sugars intake for all ages. Free sugars, also known as “empty calories”, do not provide nutritional value.

Naturally occurring sugar, including sugar from whole fruits, vegetables, dairy, and whole grains are not included in the scheme of things, rather, the new guidelines refer to added sugars like sucrose, honey, syrup, and molasses.

The new guidelines recommend the intake of free sugars should be no more than 10 percent of the total energy intake, but further reducing it to 5 percent will provide further health benefits.

Changes to the guidelines have been based on the review of scientific evidence looking at the impact of sugar on teeth decay and obesity.

[Source: World Health Organization]

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