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Cornell student dies after being struck by a car


ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - Cornell University officials say a 23-year ...
Q and the 42nd Street shuttle. A New York City murder suspect has been arrested at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. A New York City murder suspect has been arrested at the ...

Smart clothes track health in pregnancy


The clothes, designed by Blake Uretsky, a fashion student at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, have conductive silver fibres woven into the fabric. The clothes include blouses, trousers, skirts and even an evening gown. The clothing comes in neutral ...

New York unemployment drops to 5.8 percent statewide


In the 10-county Downstate region, private sector jobs grew by 2.2 percent over the past year, with the most rapid growth in New York City and Long Island. Upstate, private sector jobs grew most rapidly in Kingston, the Capital Region, Ithaca and Syracuse.

Marriott Ithaca, NY Breaks Ground


A joint venture between Urgo Hotels & Resorts and Ensemble Hotel Partners announced the ground breaking of a 10-story, 159-room, full-service Marriott Hotel in downtown Ithaca, New York. A joint venture between Urgo Hotels & Resorts and Ensemble Hotel ...

Ithaca police find heroin, crack cocaine hidden in car; 2 arrested


Christopher M. Merkley, 25, of Ithaca, and Tyrone A. Freeman, 38, of New York City, have both been charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. The arrest occurred on the 300 block of Spencer Road. Police officers ...

Urgo Hotels & Resorts and Ensemble Hotel PartnersBreak Ground on Marriott Ithaca, NY


BETHESDA, Md., Jan 22, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A joint venture between Urgo Hotels & Resorts and Ensemble Hotel Partners announced the ground breaking of a 10-story, 159-room, full-service Marriott Hotel in downtown Ithaca, New York. Scheduled to open in ...

Art of Winter: Landscape Painting When It's Cold Outside


Well, it’s winter again in upstate New York. A difficult season at best. The managing editor of the Ithaca Times asked me to talk to some Ithaca area painters about painting in winter—their techniques, their take on the aesthetics of winter painting ...

New York State Police re-examining hit-and-run Cortland cold case from 1990


New York State Police are reexamining a fatal hit-and-run accident ...
The “middle aged white female” talked to someone at an Xtra-Mart gas station in Lansing, near Ithaca, in February or March 2014 and “provided details of the accident,” according ...

New York State Police asking for help on 1990 hit-and-run fatal; seeking woman to question


ITHACA, New York — New York State Police are seeking information from the public in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred nearly 25 years ago. 22-year-old Phillip Edward Zerrillo of Cortland was killed in May 1990 while walking along ...

Thomas O'Mara, New York State Senator, Goes Nuts In Wild Outburst That's Caught On Camera


A New York state senator is apologizing after a video surfaced in ...
Tom O’Mara, a Republican whose upstate district includes the cities of Ithaca and Elmira, was caught on hidden camera sitting inside his car and discussing the project with his wife ...




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In ITHACA: Understanding Links Between Smoking & Weight

Maybe you quit smoking to do something good for your health, and now you’ve noticed the pounds adding up on the scale. Or maybe one of the reasons you’re not quite ready to quit is that you’re afraid of gaining weight.

Here are some of the reasons why some people gain weight when they quit:

  • Smoking lowers your appetite.
    Smoking cigarettes makes you feel less hungry. So, when you quit smoking, you might feel hungrier and then eat more than you used to eat.  
  • Smoking increases your metabolism.
    Smoking cigarettes increases your metabolism, so you burn more calories. So when you stop smoking, you may burn fewer calories which can lead to weight gain. 
  • Eating can be a substitute for smoking.
    Smoking gave you something to do with your hands and something to put in your mouth. For a lot of people, food replaces cigarettes. And the more you reach for food, the more likely it is that you will gain weight.
  • Eating may soothe the feelings that smoking used to soothe.
    Maybe smoking was your go-to when you were feeling bad. When you stop smoking, you may find that you turn to eating to feel better or to deal with stress—but this can backfire and result in weight gain.

The good news is that you can take charge of your weight even while quitting smoking. Check out Forever Free for more info about smoking and weight.

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6 Tips for Managing Portion Size

Eating healthy is about enjoying your food while also managing portion size. Most people eat and drink more than their bodies need especially when they are served larger portions. So, choosing smaller portions to begin with is important for maintaining your overall health and well-being.

Here are some tips to help you manage your portion size:

  1. Measure out 1 cup, 1/2 cup, or 1 ounce of some different foods onto the bowls, glasses, cups, and plates you usually use to see what these portion sizes look like on them.
    Remember:
    • 1/2 cup = light bulb
    • 1 cup = baseball
    • 1 oz. or 2 tbsp. = golf ball
    • 3 oz. of chicken or meat = deck of cards
    • 3 oz. fish = checkbook
  2. Eat you meals on a smaller plate. The smaller your plate, the smaller your portion.
  3. Finished your plate but think you’re still hungry? Wait 10 minutes before going back for seconds. You might not want them after all. If you do go back for seconds, aim for the same balance you had with your first serving and start with veggies.
  4. When ordering at a restaurant, ask for a take-home container as soon as your meal comes. Put half of the meal in the take-home container so you’re sure to let your stomach—instead of your eyes—be your guide. Or share the meal with a dining companion. Many restaurants offer a smaller or “appetizer size” of entrees, so when a smaller portion is available, go for it!
  5. Buy or portion out treats and snacks in small, single-serving bags or packages.
  6. Check out the food label for serving size info

Try This: Small changes like these can make a big difference. Commit to making at least one change to reduce your portion sizes this week.

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This is Real: The World Climate is Changing

Our Earth is warming. The average temperature of the Earth has risen about 1.4 ° F (0.7 ° C over) over the last century. It is projected that the average temperature rise of approximately 2 to 11.5 ° F (1.1 ° C to 6.4 ° C) over the next hundred years. Small changes in average global temperature could lead to large and potentially dangerous changes in climate and weather.

The evidence is clear. Rising temperatures have been accompanied by changes in the weather and climate. Many sites have seen changes in rainfall, which resulted in more flooding, drought or heavy rain and waves more frequent and severe heat.The oceans and glaciers on the planet have also undergone some big changes: the oceans are warming and acidifying, the ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising. As these and other changes are more pronounced in the coming decades, they will have to present challenges to our society and our environment.

Learn about the signs of climate change in the United States.


Humans are largely responsible for recent climate change

smoke coming from a chimney in a factory

Over the past century, human activity has downloaded large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Most greenhouse gases come from the burning of fossil fuels that produce energy, but deforestation, industrial processes and some agricultural practices also emit gases into the atmosphere.

The greenhouse gases act like a blanket around the Earth, which traps energy in the atmosphere and causes it to heat.This phenomenon is called the greenhouse effect is natural and necessary to sustain life on Earth. However, the accumulation of greenhouse gases can change the Earth´s climate and dangerous effects to human health and welfare and ecosystems.

The choices we make today will affect the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will in the near future and for years to come.

Learn about the causes of climate change .


Climate change affects all

Our lives are linked to climate. Human societies have adapted to relatively stable climate which have enjoyed since the last Ice Age ended several millennia ago. A warming climate will result in process changes that could affect our water supplies, agriculture, energy and transport systems, the natural environment and to our own health and safety.

Some of the climate changes are inevitable. carbon dioxide can remain in the atmosphere for about a century so the Earth will continue to warm over the coming decades. The hotter it gets, the greater the risk of more severe changes in climate and Earth system. Although it is difficult to predict the exact impacts of climate change, it is clear that the climate to which we are accustomed to is no longer a guide to which we can trust what we can expect in the future.

We can reduce the risks we face from climate change. Choosing options that reduce pollution from greenhouse gases and prepare for the changes that are already underway, we can reduce the risks of climate change. Our decisions will shape the world in which our children and grandchildren will live.

Learn about the impacts of climate change and adaptation to change .


We can make a difference

hands holding a globe

You can take action. You can take steps at home, on the road, in your office to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and the risks associated with climate change. Many of these steps can save you money; some, such as walking or cycling to work could improve your health! You may also participate in activities to support local or state level energy efficiency, clean energy programs and other climate programs.

Learn about what you can do .

Calculate your carbon footprint and find ways to reduce their emissions through simple actions you take daily.

EPA and other federal agencies are taking action. EPA is working to protect the health and welfare of the people in this country through common sense measures to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases to help communities prepare for change climate.

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