4 Tips for a Healthier Halloween


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Halloween will be here before you can say boo. To get into the spirit, we’re already playing the Monster Mash in our household and trying on superhero costumes. Still, as much ghostly fun as the holiday brings, Halloween can conflict with everything we do all year long to protect our children from sugar-laden foods and harmful ingredients. For one, childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30 years. Artificial dyes and sweeteners, which make up much of those candy treats, have been linked to hyperactivity, behavioral problems in kids, and even cancer. Then to top it all off, candy makes our kids more prone to “zombie mouths,” an epidemic that has dentists today seeing a scary number of preschoolers at all income levels with six to 10 cavities or more.

To illustrate just how much junk our kids consume on Halloween, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta estimates that the average child accumulates roughly 4,800 calories, one-and-a-half cups of fat, and three cups of sugar—in just one jaunt to 15 houses. On the high end, our kids are getting up to a ghoulish 7,000 calories in one trick-or-treat outing, according to Donna K. Arnett, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s School of Public Health.

All things considered, it’s not fun to be ghoul about Halloween so here are some fun tips for moms to make it a healthier Halloween:

Tip #1:
Feed the kids before they go trick-or-treating. By filling them up with something healthier prior to sending them door-to-door on Halloween, you will discourage unnecessary snacking on candy.

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By Carly Harrill| October 28, 2015
Categories:  Nest

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Carly Harrill

Carly Harrill

Carly Harrill is a writer, blogger, healthy lifestyle advocate and consultant. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/natural-and-organic/6-processed-foods-you-can-make-at-home#sthash.D09EktP2.dpuf
Carly Harrill is a writer, blogger, healthy lifestyle advocate and consultant. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/natural-and-organic/6-processed-foods-you-can-make-at-home#sthash.D09EktP2.dpuf

Carly Harrill is a writer, blogger, healthy lifestyle advocate and consultant. Follow her on Twitter at @HummusHomegirl or visit her blog.

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