Halloween is approaching fast. And that means lots of candy for the kiddos. There are ways to help your kids be a little healthier this Halloween.
Halloween means there will be plenty of candy and goodies to munch on. But you don’t want the kids to indulge too much.
When those little witches and goblins hit the streets for trick or treating— they can come home with quite a haul, “It’s just about having it in moderation you just want to keep track of what they’re eating,” said Carrie Taicher, registered dietitian, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine.
Carrie Taicher is registered dietitian at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine and counsels clients on nutrition. She says you can mix healthy treats in your trick or treat bowl, “Some good options are mini bags of pretzels or mini bags of popcorn, we’ve got cereal bars with whole fruit in them,” said Taicher.
You can also trick kids into eating healthy food, like making ghost cheese sticks and mummy wrapped applesauce, “You can take mandarin oranges or pieces of string cheese and draw little doodles on them to make them kind of festive for halloween,” said Taicher.
Adding exercise is also important, “For kids you want to aim for 60 minutes of exercise per day,” said Taicher.
One event to make breaking a sweat ghoulishly fun is the 10th annual Aurora Baycare Spooky Sprint, “It’s in a really fun spot for any age and ability level to participate and just have a fun time with it,” said Nick Olsen, Spooky Sprint event coordinator.
There is a 5k and a 10k, “You can really push yourself or it can be recreational,” said Olsen.
Plus theres a 1k family fun run, “We go around the Packers training facility and they end at the finish for the 5k and 10k so its cool for the little kids to go through the shoot at the end finishing crossing the finish line with heir hands up,” said Olsen.
Everyone is encouraged to come dressed up, “We have a costume contest and I say a majority of people come in costume,” said Olsen.
The Spooky Sprint takes off in front of the Brown County Arena. Everyone gets a t-shirt, snacks, a plush halloween stuffed animal when they finish and a ticket to Sweet Street going on at the same time, “It’s an indoor trick or treating activity event so a bunch of different activities, things going on in Shopko Hall,” said Olsen.
And proceeds go to Sting Cancer, “It’s a group of local high school students, teachers and staff who put together care packages for families in the area dealing with cancer,” said Olsen.
The Aurora BayCare Spooky Sprint is Saturday, October 27th. Click here for more information or to register.
Its a family event and strollers are welcome.