Layne Arceneaux-Langley | 9/30/2014 1:22:56 AM
Are the little “ghosts” and “goblins” in your home ready to put on their costumes and run door-to-door trick-or-treating? Have you started thinking about what you will give to those darling princesses and superheroes? At 39.8%, Louisiana has the highest percentage of overweight or obese youth in the nation among 10-17 year olds. With childhood obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, and exercise induced asthma on the rise, children don’t need the added calories. Why not offer your trick-or-treaters an alternative to those sugar-loaded Halloween treats?
Mini crayon packs
Tiny decks of cards
Party favor sunglasses
100% Juice drink
Snack size microwave popcorn
Gold Fish crackers
Packets of instant hot chocolate
Small water bottles
Jell-O with fruit
Cheese and crackers
By giving out non-sugary treats, you will help keep cavities away and help the children maintain good dental health and you won’t be tempted to eat the leftovers. Remember, Halloween doesn’t have to be unhealthy.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture