Candy Buy-Back Event – a Sweet Success!Halloween Candy Buy-Back Event held on Thursday, November 1st, at Sartell Pediatrics. Sartell Pediatrics and Pediatrics Dentistry P.C., in partnership with BLEND, planned this event to reduce the amount of sugar children consume during a holiday surrounded by candy…and, to offer our soldiers a “sweet” reminder of home during this time of year. Children love to celebrate Halloween. In fact, 93% of children in the U.S. take part in the trick-or-treating ritual every year (41 million children between the ages of 5-14). The good news 9 out of 10 children said they would still like Halloween if it was less about candy and more about other types of fun. Swapping trick-or-treat goodies for giveaways, cash and chances to win great prizes – now that is FUN!!
A Winning Event!Thank you parents for supporting this event and caring for your child’s health. This event surpassed all expectations, but the excitement will last a lot longer for the grand prize winners (below) and for the troops overseas receiving the care packages.
2012 Halloween Candy Buy-Back Event Winners! iPad – Devan S. XBox – Grant P. Bike – George D. BLEND Prize Pack – Krista H. $25 Coborn’s Gift Card – Marilyn H. (for the closest guess on Facebook)
It Matters Piece by Piece…
From a health perspective, there is a sense of relief when weighing and boxing away 1,186 pounds of candy. Children should not consume large amounts of candy (sugar) and risk compromising their physical well-being and dental health. BLEND, Sartell Pediatrics, and Pediatrics Dentistry P.C. couldn’t be more pleased by the remarkable turnout and the positive message parents passed on to their children. By supporting events like the candy buy-back event it helps shift kids’ focus away from candy to something more positive and responsible. It’s not going to hurt if kids eat a little bit of Halloween candy, however, it becomes a big concern when a night of trick-or-treating turns into a week-long candy extravaganza.
Take a look at the guide below…these are the most popular candy handed out for Halloween. As you can see the grams of sugar varies based on the candy. Calculating the weight of sugar in the candy collected would’ve been a painstaking task. Just for fun, though, we estimated how many pieces of candy was collected based on a website science project called How Much Halloween Candy Can You Get in a Pillowcase?. By doing a little bit of math – approximately 35 pieces of candy in a pound – the event gathered more than 41,500 pieces of candy. WOW – that’s unbelievable!!!
Again, thanks to Sartell Pediatrics and Pediatrics Dentistry P.C. for being a great partner…and to everyone for supporting healthy kids and healthy communities! We all look forward to the next candy buy-back event!!