Boo! Have a fun and healthy Halloween

TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Halloween is a magical and spooky night for kids, but the scariest part might be the loads of treats they bring home!  For those parents who would like to moderate their children's sugar intake, Ontario's doctors are handing out a few pieces of advice for a healthier celebration.  Too much sugar, especially the kind found in candy and pop, can have short-term results like hyperactivity followed by crashes, and long-term health impacts like tooth decay. Over time, too much sugar can lead to a variety of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. We're not saying don't eat the candy, but consider these tips to help make Halloween a little healthier:

  1. After your child eats a reasonable amount of candy, offer to trade the rest for a toy, temporary tattoo, or stickers;
  2. Select a few treats and donate the rest to a food bank or mission;
  3. Look for candy and pop that has less sugar than other brands;
  4. Consider handing out stickers or temporary tattoos at the door;

"Halloween is an exciting time of year. The costumes, pumpkins and of course the candy make it a special night for little ones.  It's important kids enjoy themselves, but this year, consider some ways to cut down on how much sugar kids get in their trick-or-treat bags, and make it a healthier Halloween."

For more information about sugar, check out Ontario's doctors - Your Health: Sugar Rush Hour

Scott Wooder, MD


Ontario Medical Association

SOURCE: Ontario Medical Association

For further information:

OMA Media Relations at (416) 340-2862 or toll-free at 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2862 @Ontariosdoctors

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