• Combating Candy Overload this Halloween

    News Release 
    MidMichigan Health
    For Immediate Release
    October 28, 2019
    Combating Candy Overload this Halloween
    MIDLAND, Mich. – With Halloween just around the corner comes the opportunity for families to talk to their little goblins about the role of candy in a healthful and happy diet.
    “While copious amounts of candy and sweets are not good for your child, one night of eating a little extra won’t cause harm,” said Ashley Shankool, R.D., C.D.E., Diabetes Center and Nutrition Services, MidMichigan Health. “Children who are overly restricted tend to over indulge when they get the opportunity. So, the trick is to allow for some candy consumption.”
    Once children return from trick-or-treating, parents are encouraged to carefully inspect the candy and allow them to pick out a few extra treats for the special occasion. After they have chosen them, put the remaining candy in a plastic bag and place it out of sight. Allow moderate consumption, which may include one piece going in a lunch bag or offering children one as an after school snack.
    Other tips to combatting candy overload are to hand out treats such as lollipops, as this candy takes longer to eat. In addition, eat a satisfying meal before Halloween events so the temptation in reaching for candy is less. Another option is to encourage your children to welcome the Switch Witch, Halloween’s Tooth Fairy.
    “The Switch Witch is gaining popularity among parents,” said Shankool. “Before your kids head to bed, have them compile their candy into a bag and leave it alongside their bed. Then, parents can switch out the candy bag overnight with a fun prize such as a book or small toy. This gives parents the chance to haul the candy out of the house.”
    Halloween can also be healthier by handing out nonfood items, such as crayons, stickers, or temporary tattoos “Maintaining a balance and moderation of sweets and candies is the best way to remain healthy this Halloween and all year round,” concluded Shankool.
    MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 23-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services, and has a strong commitment to medical education. MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/ oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. Currently, MidMichigan has more than 8,300 employees, volunteers, physicians and other personnel, and provided more than $90 million* in community benefits in fiscal year 2019.
    *FY19 number unaudited.
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