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Be sweet on Halloween with less sugar PDF Print E-mail

Lions and tigers and bears (and sugar)…oh my! Halloween is known to bring out the sweet-toothed animal in us all. Try these tips from the American Heart Association for a healthier Hallows Eve this year.
• Have a healthy meal before going trick-or-treating to reduce temptation to snack while walking
• Make trick-or-treating a workout. Set a goal of how many houses to visit or wear pedometers and have healthy prizes for the person who has the most steps
• Think about a healthier version of treats to give out: Mini boxes of raisins, 100 percent juice juice-boxes, snack-sized pretzels, pre-packaged trail mixes, pre-packaged dried fruits, crayons, stickers, silly bands, tooth brushes, bubbles, plastic spiders, or coupons to local frozen yogurt stores
• Find the right-sized collection bag. Steer clear of the pillowcase method.
Follow these suggestions to have a healthy post-Halloween:
• Avoid the urge to buy on-sale candy in the grocery stores after Halloween. The decision not to buy something once is a lot easier than saying no every time walking by the candy jar
• Pick out enough candy for one piece a day for five days and put those in the fridge. When children ask for a piece of candy, make sure to pair it with a healthy snack like an apple, a banana, or some healthy nuts
• “Buy back” the candy from children with money or tokens they can trade in for a fun activity like a day at the zoo or an ice skating adventure