Top 10 Steps to Having a Healthier Halloween

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Halloween is a time to dress up in costume and stock up on candy.  There is no wonder, children just love this time of year! Halloween can be frustrating for parents who do not want to send mixed messages by letting their children go crazy trick or treating.

Schools recognize that healthy children are better learners. Healthy, active, and well-nourished children are much more likely to go to school, are more prepared and motivated to learn and more likely to graduate high school and go on to university or college. Schools work with students, their families, and their community to provide strategies, activities, and services in a coordinated and planned way in order to ensure that children eat and stay healthy and fit.

No matter how well teachers are able to teach, no matter what good measures are put in place and no matter what governing regulations are established in schools, educational progress will be profoundly limited if students are not motivated and able to learn. Health-related problems play a major role in limiting the motivation and ability to learn and interventions to
address those problems can improve the outcome.

Healthier students are undoubtedly better learners. Recent research provides strong evidence for the causal role that educationally relevant health disparities play in the educational
achievement gap that plagues urban minority youth. This is why reducing these health differences is a fundamental part of school reform.

Support your school’s efforts by taking these 10 steps to a having healthier Halloween.

Healthy Halloween

 

1. Focus on having fun:

Shift the attention away from the candy and onto the costume that your child is wearing. Maybe hold a contest for the best costume in your community centre or suggest is to the teacher. From Scariest to Cutest to Funniest, each kid be a winner. Make the grand prize a fun activity like jump ropes, kick-balls and any other activity.

 

2. Trick or Toy

Research shows that when given the option of a Halloween toy or Halloween candy, most children opt for the toy nearly almost all the time. This is good news for weary parents and children who think Halloween cant exist without the treats. Holiday themed stickers, pencils or erasers and other small toys and temporary make great treats and gifts for kids who love and enjoy Halloween.

 

3. Treat Kids to a Healthier Halloween

Give away the healthy snacks, which include sunflower seeds, popcorn or whole-wheat crackers, instead of the usual candies and chocolates that loaded with sugar. If you want to stick with something sweet, try dried fruit, prepackaged squeezable applesauce or even banana chips will work.

 

4. Swap Calories for Coupons:

Instead of consuming the calories, you can encourage your children to take coupons. Giving away coupons to your local bowling alley, ice skating rink, batting cage or Chuck n Cheese is a fun way to encourage your family to get together and be a bit more active/

 

5. Add Physical Activity to your Halloween plans:

Trick-or-Treat in a new neighborhood. Choose a safe neighborhood about a mile from your house. Walk there and back. That, along with trick-or-treating, will help burn extra calories.Additionally, encourage your kids to focus on having fun and being active with their friends rather than competing over going to the most houses and getting the most candy.

 

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