October 29, 2014

Have a healthier Halloween

Here's some scary news just in time for Halloween: The average child in the U.S. is reported to eat 32 teaspoons of sugar a day.  The Centers for Disease Control tells us that American children eat 16 percent of their total caloric intake, or 442 calories a day, from added sugars.  We buy nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween.

Dr. Kate Land, a Kaiser Permanente pediatrician, mother of three and regular contributor to this blog, provides some great tips on how best to navigate Halloween on our Thriving Schools blog. For example, try bringing a healthier treat, such as these pumpkin muffins, to parties and events.

With a little resolve, says Dr. Land, she has found ways to use Halloween to educate her kids about sugar, nutrition and exercise. So, check out Dr. Land's learnings on Thriving Schools and best of luck for a happy and healthier Halloween!