Halloween is a time for dressing up in spooky outfits and and eating delicious treats, but not all of those treats have to be filled with sugar! Let Heartland give you some Halloween health tips.
Whether you’re hosting a halloween party or handing out treats at your door, offering healthier alternatives can help promote better eating. Hand out lower calorie treats and drinks to the little ghouls and ghosts at your door. You don’t have to completely cut out more traditional surgery sweets, but having options is always good.
Giving party guests access to fruits and vegetables will give them a well-balanced option, and those veggies provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and more important substances that are key to healthy living.
It’s okay to indulge in candy during the Halloween season, just make sure you’re brushing your teeth every day, preferably with fluoride toothpaste.
Trick-or-treating is a great time to get in your normal recommended amount of physical activity! Kids ages 6-17 should have 60 minutes every day devoted to physical activity. Walking around the neighborhood for an hour will help your kids reach that goal.
You might even be able to use the opportunity to establish a regular exercise regimen. Frequent exercise can help you manage your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers, improve your mood and keep you living longer.
Don’t be a vampire
Don’t stay up all night on Halloween! Sleep is one of the most important parts of your health. It might be tempting to stay up all night going through your haul, but keep in mind that eating right before bed can disrupt your night’s sleep.
Good sleep habits can decrease your chances of developing diabetes, heart disease and obesity.