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Layer Up Against Winter's Chill

Many thin layers keep you warmer than one thick one

SATURDAY, Dec. 7, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- You don't need to come in from the cold as long as you know how to warm up to it.

Winter can be a beautiful, enjoyable season if you know how to dress for it. Here's some advice from the Medical College of Wisconsin:

  • When you go outside, dress in multiple thin layers of clothing that let moisture escape but trap warm air close to your skin. This approach keeps you warmer than using a single thick layer of clothing.
  • Proper layering includes a moisture-wicking fabric next to your skin that moves sweat and other moisture away from your body. That should be followed by a warmth-trapping layer. The final step is an outer layer that repels rain/snow and blocks wind.
  • Protect exposed skin against wind chill by wearing a hat, gloves and scarf.
  • A hat also prevents heat loss from your head.

More information

Here's where to go to find more cold weather safety tips.

SOURCE: Medical College of Wisconsin news release, December 2002
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