Friday, October 5, 2012

Healthy Habits: Halloween Treats

We all know this is a time of year when kids can get a ton of sweets. And since it's right before Thanksgiving and Christmas, two other holidays that often incorporate a great deal of food, it might be nice to start the season off a little healthier. There are a variety of things you can do to let your kids have fun or give treats to the neighbor kids and still have a healthy holiday.

- Check out the Halloween Candy Buyback. Participating dentists will pay your kids for their candy, and sometimes give them other rewards as well. The candy is then sent to troops serving overseas.
- If you know a friend or family member serving overseas, mail it to them yourself as part of a care kit. Since many soldiers share the food and candy that comes in their packages, it will make a lot of people smile.
- Instead of giving away sugary candy, consider a healthy treat. These might include things like stickers or other small, inexpensive toys, or healthy shelf-stable snacks like Crispy Green freeze-dried fruit.

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