Stockbridge, Ga. (October 15, 2013) – Halloween may be a time for treats but the effects sugary, calorie-packed snacks have on Henry County’s rising obesity and diabetes rates can be scary. Here are a few tips from Piedmont Henry Hospital for putting a healthy twist on Halloween trick-or-treating.
- Swap out the sugar. Things like popcorn, pretzels and trail mix are good alternatives to candy, which elevate blood sugar levels and cause cavities if too much is consumed. With 10 percent of Henry County adults already diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to set the groundwork for reversing this trend by limiting the amount of sugar kids consume.
- Eat first, treat later. Making sure everyone in the family has a well-balanced meal before heading out to trick-or-treat is one way to keep the kids (and you!) from overeating treats.
- Sweeten the pot. At some point, almost everyone is going to crave something sweet. The trick is not to overindulge. If it is chocolate that you crave, go for dark chocolate, which contains antioxidants that are good for the body. Try dipping some favorite fruits in melted dark chocolate.
- Walk it off. Being active for 30 minutes a day is recommended to ward off diabetes and obesity. Take advantage of the time with family outside the home this Halloween by walking whenever it is possible (and safe!). With one in four adults in Henry County considered physically inactive, 30 extra minutes of walking this Halloween can help burn off those calories if you do indulge in one too many treats.
Join us for Trunk or Treat on Thursday, October 31 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Foundation Education Center parking lot at Piedmont Henry Hospital. Trunk or Treat participants are encouraged to bring healthy snacks to share. For more information, visit piedmonthenry.org.