Updated 10/31/2012 05:06 PM
Keeping kids healthy during trick or treating
Creatures of all kinds are collecting candy for Halloween. But it also means a lot of unhealthy sugar for many young kids. So what can you do to keep the family healthy while enjoying the holiday? Our Melissa Kakareka shows us what parents and experts suggest.
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Kit Kats, Crunch bars and lollipops, all things that your kids might bring home after trick or treating this Halloween. But there are some health reminders that go along with the sweets.
"Its excess calories and fat, which can lead to weight gain, which is a big problem in our society with childhood obesity and also dental cavities are also an issue," said Lourdes Registered Dietician Ana Rodriguez Yaman.
That's why many parents have strategies to keep their kids from binging on candy. The most popular trick seems to be hiding the sweets or placing it out of reach.
"We put it up, otherwise they like to slip in when we are not looking or get up early before we do," said Susquehanna resident Donna Robinson.
"We have a large bucket we keep on top of our refrigerator and every once in a while, they get to pick a treat out," said Brackney resident Denise Rossi.
Many parents say they only allow their children to eat candy after a healthy meal.
"They get breakfast every morning, eggs and stuff like that and lunch and dinner and then after dinner, that will be their dessert," said Binghamton resident Kira Boyle.
There are other options for parents who don't want their kids eating everything they get from going door to door. You can find programs that allow kids to swap candy. Some dentists offer a candy buy back, where kids can sell their candy for cash or other healthier treats.
Still, some experts say the best way to deal with excess candy this Halloween might be to turn trick or treating into a positive learning experience about how to eat healthy.
"Start with a plan. Discuss with your kids when and how much candy can be consumed. One to two pieces of bite size candy can fit into a well balanced diet," said Rodriguez Yaman.
No matter what kinds of tricks or alternatives you may use, the general consensus seems to be finding a way to keep things in moderation.