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Florida Surgeon General offers tip sheet for healthy Halloween

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Making sure youngsters eat a healthy snack or meal before they go trick-or-treating could help make their Halloween a bit healthier according to a tip sheet put out by the Florida Department of Health Tuesday.

“Halloween and fall festivals are a great time to remind your children to make healthy choices while having fun,” said Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Let’s encourage everyone to make safety a priority when visiting with family and neighbors.”

According to National Retail Federation data, the average American eats 3.4 pounds of candy during Halloween – and many children can chew through nearly 7,000 calories worth of sweets on their own. Assuming a brisk walking pace, costumed kids would have to trick-or-treat for 60 hours to burn off their candy binge.

The Halloween the Healthy Way one-pager has a handful of other tips for parents and partiers looking get through the holiday without any scares. Some are old standards – only eat candy that’s in a sealed wrapper. Others, such as the suggestion to use party games and trick-or-treating to get kids up and active, are newer.

The guide was released as part of the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative, a public-private collaboration that aims to bend Florida’s weight curve 5 percent by 2017.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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