HealthWatch: Spooky Sprint

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Green Bay (WFRV) Halloween is right around the corner- and that means there will be plenty of candy and goodies around to munch on. But you don’t want indulge too much.
 
There are some tricks to use to get kids to stay healthy during a season full of candy.
 
Trick or treating is one of the best times of the year for kids.  Indulging in candy is fine~ if you do it in moderation, “I think if you say it can be incorporated into your diet one treat a day,” said Megan Harris, pediatric dietitian, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
 
Megan Harris is a pediatric dietitian with Aurora BayCare Medical center.  She says there are some tricks you can use on your kids this Halloween to get them to eat healthy.  Like making bargains, “I like to tell kids if they are going to have a treat they can give up something in their diet that maybe isn’t as nutritious,” explained Megan.
 
Before the kiddies go trick or treating fill em up first, “Trick or treating on an empty stomach like we all know its like grocery shopping on an empty stomach isn’t a good idea,” said Megan.
 
Your kids don’t eat enough fruits and veggies? Make cute, healthy, halloween treats- like ghost bananas, pumpkin oranges, creepy popcorn hands or  hide them in smoothies. “What I like to do is I get the kids involved with making the recipe,” said Megan.
 
Adding exercise is a good idea, “Sweating every day, you need to try and get a sweat going,” explained Megan.
 
One event to make breaking a sweat ghoulishly fun is the Aurora BayCare Spooky Sprint, “We want to bring fitness related events to this community thats kind of fun and different,” explained Nick Olsen, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine.
 
There is a 5K and 10K route, “You can run it, you can walk it,” said Olsen.
 
There is also a 1K family fun run.  And when the kids finish they get a treat~ a free pass to Sweet Street at Shopko Hall going on that day, “It’s a way to get kids out trick or treating  and enjoying activities on a day other than Halloween and its in a safe environment,” explained Olsen.
 
Everyone is encouraged to come dressed up for the costume contest, “We’ll have four winners and they’ll win some kind of cool prizes,” said Olsen.
 
Proceeds from the event go to Sting Cancer, a local high school group, “Where high school kids and teachers make care packages for cancer patients,” said Olsen.
 
The Aurora BayCare Spooky Sprint is Saturday, October 29th on Armed Forces Drive in front of the Brown County Arena.  For more information or to register online go to this link or you can register at the event.
 
To learn more you can call AuroraBayCare at 866-938-0035 or email healthwatch@aurorabaycare.com. 
 

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