The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, created through the partnership of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, continues its fight against childhood obesity.
To promote healthful habits for the holiday, the alliance offers these tips:
- Get moving. Being active is a great way to spend time together, so take the family for a long trick-or-treat walk or have a “Monster Mash” dance party in your living room.
- Challenge your kids not to hand out candy this year. Do something healthy for the neighborhood children and give out 100 percent juice boxes, snack-sized wrapped packages of dried fruit like raisins, or animal crackers, pretzels or reduced-fat popcorn.
- Remember not to go overboard eating holiday treats. Balance the sweets with plenty of fruits and veggies the rest of the day.
- Make it a family dinner date. Stay in during dinnertime this Halloween. Get the gang in the kitchen and cook a heart-healthy family meal together. Remember to incorporate lean meats or fish and foods low in saturated and trans fats as well as vegetables full of the colors of fall.
Halloween’s the start of the holiday season. Save special treats like Halloween candy for the day itself and try not to get into the habit of satisfying your sweet tooth whenever you get a craving.
It’s OK to indulge a bit on the holidays, but eat healthy on routine days. Enjoying Halloween candy and spirits does not have to compromise your family’s health.
Adults aren’t the only ones at risk for heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Today about 25 million kids ages 2-19 in the United States are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. That’s nearly one of every three kids.
For more information, visit www.healthiergeneration.org or www.empowerme2b.org.