Healthy Halloween

If it were only at Halloween, we wouldn’t be concerned about the candy.

But it’s not just at Halloween. It’s candy and other treats all too often— breakfast candy (sugary cereals), liquid candy (soda), and fruit candies at lunch (fruit snacks/gummies/roll-ups).

Celebrating Halloween healthfully isn’t about giving up all the treats. It’s about bringing them into balance, especially since kids often have multiple celebrations: at school, at friends’ houses, at after care, and in the community. And, of course, there’s trick-or-treating.
There’s more to Halloween than candy. There’s dressing up, having fun with friends, playing games, and doing crafts. With so many celebrations throughout the year, it’s important to enjoy each one without going overboard.

Healthier Trick-or-Treating Giveaways For younger kids, try small toys like:

  • Temporary tattoos or stickers
  • Small plastic spiders, ghosts, or skeletons
  • Super bouncy balls
  • Halloween-themed pencils, erasers, or pencil toppers
  • Spooky plastic rings or false teeth
  • Bracelets or hair accessories

Healthier Food Options:

  • Individual packages of raisins or other dried fruit
  • 100% fruit leathers
  • 100% juice boxes
  • Small water bottles
  • Sugar-free gum

For candy, give away:

  • Gum
  • Fruit-flavored snacks/rollups/gummies
  • Fat-free or lowfat candy like Twizzlers, Skittles, York Peppermint Patties, or Junior Mints
  • Only giving out one fun-sized candy per child (whole handfuls reinforce over-indulgence)

On Halloween Night…

  • Make sure children travel in groups and/or with an adult.
  • Give children flashlights for added visibility.
  • Accessorize with glow-in-the-dark necklaces or bracelets or use reflective tape.
  • Check collected items before allowing children to eat them.

It is most important to work with children on healthy eating throughout the year. Encourage healthy eating but don’t battle over it. Instead, try to work something out, like allowing your children to eat what they want on Halloween night and then offer to trade them their candy stash for a small toy or another non-food related item.

Get Healthy Holiday Challenge…sign up!

The holiday season is almost here, and we all know what that means— temptation! From the parties to the shopping, it’s easy to take a break from your healthy habits.

We want to help keep you healthy during the holiday season! Join The Get Healthy Holiday Challenge! This free online program challenges you to adopt new healthy behaviors during the next few busy months!

While the challenge is running you will be emailed a weekly ‘health challenge’ each Monday. Track your weekly progress by using the online tracker on the website and be eligible for prizes!

We’ll also provide lots of tips, resources and motivation to help you meet the challenge of staying healthy this holiday season.

Sign up HERE!

Southern NV Trails Day 2012!

Come check out one of our favorite events of the year! Southern NV Trails Day 2012!!

Saturday, October 6, 2012
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location:
Cornerstone Park
1600 Wigwam Parkway
Henderson, NV

The City of Henderson is kicking off the Southern Nevada Trails Day Celebration with informational exhibits and presenters, activities for all ages, a youth fun walk, and the City of Henderson Trails Photo Contest display and awards presentation.

Meet fellow trail users and learn about our many local and regional trails. Bring your bike for a basic maintenance check compliments of REI.

Concessions will be available on site from Lola D’s Kitchen.

Additional and overflow parking will be available at Greenspun Middle School, 140 N. Valle Verde Dr., with free shuttle service provided to and from Cornerstone Park.

For more information visit: http://www.cityofhenderson.com/parks/events/national_trails_day.php