Iowa is #12 in obesity & we’re nudged to “Rethink Your Drink”

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March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Almost one in every three Iowans is obese, according to the latest rankings, and what we’re drinking can be just as fattening as what we’re eating. Carol Voss, a registered dietician and a nutritionist with the Iowa Department of Public Health, says just one 12-ounce soda contains around 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar, which in itself is more than the daily recommendation. It’s much worse for the 20-ounce pops.

“If you were thinking of opening those sugar packets you find at a restaurant table, the 20-ounce bottle would be 16 of those dumped into that plastic bottle,” Voss says. “So, you can see how that might exceed what we’re supposed to be consuming.” A state survey in 2012 found that 72-percent of Iowans consumed between one and three sugar-sweetened beverages daily. For women, it was 67-percent and 77-percent for men.

Voss says a campaign called “Rethink Your Drink” is urging Iowans to consider cutting out at least some of those sweet drinks and trading them for water or a non-sweetened tea. “It’s just a way of being a little more realistic about the calories we’re taking in,” Voss says. “When people are looking at ways to balance your calories, we look at the food we eat rather than the beverages we take in and beverages can be a very easy thing to modify.”

Drinking one soda a day can equal an extra 25 pounds of weight per year. The latest “State of Obesity” report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds 31-percent of all Iowans are obese, the 12th highest rate in the country. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar in the American diet, and that contributes to things like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

(Radio Iowa)

Knowing severe weather facts vs. myths could be matter of life and death

News, Weather

March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Weather experts have been spending this past week preparing Iowans for springtime threats such as tornadoes, hail and lightning. National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Heitkamp is also trying to dispel the many myths associated with severe weather. For instance, lightning can strike twice in the same spot. “There’s no doubt that’s a myth,” Heitkamp says. “Lightning can strike as often as it wants to and more often than not, lightning will strike the same place multiple times.”

Some Iowans might believe it’s a good idea to open windows and seek shelter in the southwest corner of a home in event of a tornado. That’s not the best advice, according to Heitkamp.”We want people to seek shelter underneath something sturdy or in a small, interior room. Stay out of the corners because the corners are actually the worst possible places to be during a tornado,” Heitkamp says.

“Opening the windows — it makes no difference. If the tornado wants the windows open, believe me, it is going to open them whether you like it or not. You better utilize that time to get yourself and your family members to your place of safety.” Another common falsehood about tornadoes is they’ll never cross a body of water.

“Nothing stops a tornado other than the tornado itself,” Heitkamp says. “Tornadoes can cross bodies of water — lakes, rivers and streams.” Heitkamp says knowing the difference between weather myths and weather facts may help save your life. The past week was designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

(Radio Iowa)

Family Fun in the Kitchen 03-28-2015

Podcasts, Family Fun in the Kitchen

March 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Lavon and Miss NiNi discuss a recipe for Chocolate Mousse Cake

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE—Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots—Leslie Meier

(Gluten free)

Ingredients:

4 oz. (1 stick) unsalted butter

7 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

7 eggs, separated

1 c. sugar, divided

1 t. vanilla

1/8 t. cream of tartar

Method:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt butter and chocolate chips. Cool. Beat egg yolks with ¾ c. sugar in a large bowl for about 5 minutes, until light and frothy. Gradually add chocolate mixture and vanilla.

Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in a large bowl, gradually adding remaining ¼ c. sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time until soft peaks form. Fold egg whites into chocolate mixture. Bake in an ungreased 9-inch diameter springform pan for 35 minutes. Cool cake on wire rack before removing from pan. Keep refrigerated. Serve with whipped cream.

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March 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

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Skyscan Forecast 03-28-2015

Podcasts, Weather

March 28th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Today: Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph.

Tonight: A slight chance of rain or drizzle before 3am, then a chance of showers, mainly after 4am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 37. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Sunday: A moderate chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 60. Windy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 25 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 36. West wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 71.
Wednesday: A moderate chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Breezy.
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2 FSC employees overcome by anhydrous fumes in Harlan

News

March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A release of anhydrous ammonia at  the Farm Service Cooperative facility in Harlan Friday morning, resulted in two employees being sent to a hospital in Omaha. According to Harlan Lt. Fire Chief Jason Wickizer, the two, unidentified employees were working on a semi tanker believed to have contained anhydrous ammonia around 10 a.m. Friday, when the incident occurred.

Ron Kenkel, of Farm Service, said the workers were taken to Myrtue Medical Center and then flown by medical helicopter to the Nebraska Medical Center. Farm Service Coop was evacuated but returned to normal operation within two hours.

The cause of the anhydrous ammonia release remained under investigation.

NWS weather forecast for Atlantic & the area, Sat. 3/28/15

Weather

March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Today: Scattered flurries, mainly before 7am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 49. East southeast wind 5 to 14 mph.

Tonight: A slight chance of rain, mainly between 4am and 5am, then a chance of showers after 5am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 37. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 60. Windy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 25 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 13 to 18 mph decreasing to 6 to 11 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a southwest wind 7 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 71.

Agbuke’s career game leads No. 2-seed Baylor over Iowa 81-66

Sports

March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sune Agbuke had a career-high 23 points and Baylor advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight for the fifth time in six years with an 81-66 win over Iowa on Friday night. Nina Davis added 20 points and Niya Johnson had 16 assists for the Number 2-seed Lady Bears (33-3), who will face the Stanford-Notre Dame winner on Sunday.

Agbuke finished with 12 rebounds for Baylor, which outrebounded the Hawkeyes 45-35. The 6-foot-4 senior topped her previous career best of 16 points, set last season against Kansas State. Kristy Wallace hit her first seven shots and finished with 17 points for Baylor. Samantha Logic had a triple-double to lead third-seeded Iowa (26-8), finishing with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists. The Hawkeyes were making their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1996.

2 MN residents injured in Pott. County rollover accident

News

March 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two, Maple Grove, Minnesota residents were injured Friday night during a rollover accident in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says a 2006 Saturn Ion driven by 18-year old Laryssa K. McClouth, of Maple Grove, was traveling south on Interstate 29 at around 10:42-p.m., and was taking the offramp from I-29 onto I-680 southbound, when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve on the offramp.

When the car went off the road to the left, McClouth overcorrected, causing the vehicle to spin out of control and cross the offramp before it entered the right ditch, where it rolled over and came to rest on the driver’s side.

McClouth was not injured in the crash. Her passengers, 21-year old Rayna McClouth and 16-year old Nolan McClouth, both of whom were wearing seat belts, were injured and transported by Crescent Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. A report on their conditions was not immediately available.