The YMCA shares tips on how to not over do it with candy this Halloween.
Families and kids are going to be bringing home tons of candy this Halloween.
YMCA Personal trainer Meredith Atterbery said to get the candy out of sight.
“Kids are going to come home with a ton of candy. Take it and put it away, and that way when kids are looking for candy you can bring out one or two pieces at a time. You can also pull some aside maybe to donate. That’s a great option.”
Atterbery said you can send your extra candy to troops over seas, nursing homes, police stations, fire stations.
“It’s also recommended that if you’re going to eat candy as a child, you eat it in one sitting. That way they aren’t eating it through out the day. It’s just that one time and then they can brush their teeth and have healthier options after that,” Atterbery said.
Atterbery said you should also keep hydration and activity in mind.
“During the holiday season especially starting now and through Christmas there are a ton of kids events with treats and candy. So you want to make sure you give your kids time to be active. Take them outside, play a game of football, run around the backyard and get some fresh air so that it doesn’t catch up to them.”
There are also other alternatives to candy.
“If you want to stay away from sugar you can do stuff like pretzels, popcorn and also things. Things like toys, stickers, coloring pads, pencils, bouncy balls etc.”
It’s all about moderation.