[Guest Post] Prizes for Halloween Candy
This is a guest post by Dr. Dave Smith, MD - pediatrician and founder of the new Sartell Pediatrics Clinic in Sartell, MN. Dr. Smith is a member of the BLEND Steering Board Committee and loves to work with children because of the potential they possess and the ability to instill healthy habits early in life.
What do you call a cow that can’t moo? A Milk Dud! How about this one… what candy do you eat on the playground? Recess Pieces!
We all love a good joke now and again. But it’s no joke Halloween is the scariest holiday of the year, not because of the ghosts and goblins but because of all the candy purchased and consumed by Americans, especially kids. In the U.S., more than 600 million pounds of candy is purchased for Halloween. Experts are estimating that for this Halloween season more than $2 billion will be spent on candy alone. That’s an average of $14.83 spent on Halloween candy for every U.S. consumer. This is down-right scary!
As Halloween approaches, parents and medical professionals worry kids might gobble up too much candy and indulge their way to upset tummies, cavities, and obesity. But having a little little candy won’t lead to painful consequences or bulging waistlines.
Halloween is…a social holiday and kids want to be a part of their peer group by enjoying the perks of this spookishly fun day. And, yes, that includes eating some candy…but, in moderation! Parents should take charge during Halloween and help their kids make responsible decisions. Just because Halloween happens only once a year it’s not recommended kids hoard the candy and eat until the supply is depleted. When kids come back from their grand trick-or-treating rounds, parents should help go through their sacks of candy and portion it out – saving some for the week, freezing a bit for later, and giving the rest away.
Halloween is…also a good time to reinforce daily habits of dental hygiene and brushing teeth. Candy can cause cavities and harm to children’s teeth (yes, adult’s too!). In some cases, the wrong types of candy can lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.
Halloween is…the perfect time to discuss nutrition, too. Candy is not poisonous – it’s just not nutritious and is made of sugar.
Halloween is…a season to introduce the concept of sharing. As we gear up for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, Halloween is the perfect time to talk about giving and sharing your treats to others.
Ditch the Candy!
Okay, so when the fun and excitement of trick-or-treating has come and gone and you’ve helped your kids portion out their candy – of course, picking out the best of their stash - they will probably have about 5 pounds left. What should you do with it? BLEND has the perfect place! Sartell Pediatrics and Pediatrics Dentistry P.C. is hosting a Candy Buy-Back Event.
On Thursday, November 1 (5-7p.m.) bring your kids and your unopened Halloween candy to the Sartell Pediatrics Clinic to get weighed and then shipped overseas to our courageous troops (who could sure use a treat or two!) serving our country in the Middle East. In return, we’ll give your kids fun give-aways and a chance to win great prizes. We’re not kidding! Prizes include iPad, bicycle, XBox 360 and more! Read the St. Cloud Times articles for more details!
Check out this video of an event similar to the upcoming Candy Buy-Back Event…
Sweet Tooth Satisfaction!
Some of you might be thinking “isn’t Halloween candy bad for the troops, too?” Yes, too much candy is bad for everyone, but for our troops serving in the military Halloween candy represents a pleasant memory of life “back home” and a little Halloween treat can warm their heart and give them comfort. It also shows the troops we care and support their commitment to protecting our freedoms. The candy will be wrapped in special Halloween care packages and given to the service men and women…some of which never receive letters or packages.
Enjoy this Halloween season - get in your costumes, go trick-or-treating, eat a little candy and donate the rest to our deployed military. Spread the word and share this post with others!