Halloween Candy for Your Kids While Maintaining a Healthy but Fun Lifestyle.Posted: October 24, 2011
Although, many kids are eager to indulge in Halloween treats, we need to foster moderation in their Halloween candy intake, while allowing them to enjoy their youth and still uphold an active, healthy lifestyle.
Today, Halloween has become a junk food festival. Of course, we take the kids out on Halloween to collect candy. They come home with buckets full of sweets after they have gotten an evening’s worth of great exercise and fun, running from house to house. But then there are two rules that must be followed. First, the candy is kept in a place where mom can monitor it-like the kitchen, not their bedroom. Second, after a week at the most, the candy mysteriously disappears, usually in the trash. Use these rules not just for Halloween, but also for Valentine’s Day, Easter or any other occasion that involves candy or sweets.
Overall, American children are overfed but undernourished; they consume too many empty calories but not enough beneficial nutrients. A child born in America in 2000 has a 30 to 40 percent chance of developing diabetes during his or her lifetime, largely due to excess weight, poor diet, and too little physical activity. The epidemic of obesity is even reaching down into the sandbox: more than 10 percent of children between the ages two and five are already overweight.
In Good Health,
Joan O’Keefe, RD
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