Event Spotlights Healthy Halloween Snacks


It’s Halloween, which means, kids are focused on candy.

But, is it it possible to get them to pass on the sweets and sink their teen into healthier snacks?

Well, a recent Terre Haute event is helping some parents achieve that goal.
The third annual Healthy Spooktacular Halloween in Downtown Terre Haute included candy but also healthy alternatives.

“Kids are out running around and eating all kids of junk food and we wanted to provide an opportunity for them to eat something other than candy and candy corn and things like that,” says Jack Jaeger with the RHIC Simulation Center.

One parent says that’s easier said than done.

“It’s very difficult to promote healthy living and eating no matter the time of year, but that, of course, is exacerbated around the holidays, and especially events like Halloween,” explains Dr. Erik Southard.

And, with two young children, he should know.

“What do you like most about Halloween?  That you get candy,” says Breanna Southard, Dr. Southard’s five year old daughter.
But here, Dr. Southard’s children. as well as other kids, enjoyed apples, pretzels and granola bars.

Getting kids to eat healthy takes more than just using your brain.

Dr. Southard says it requires parents to lead by example, along with events like this, and you can’t forget  having faith.
We try to educate our children that they need to nurture their mind, body and spirit.  And, nurturing the body requires putting good fuel into the body.  So, when it comes to fueling the body, we want to make wise choices and good decisions, and that’s where healthy eating comes into play,” Dr. Southard explains.
The Healthy Spooktacular Halloween event also focused on other aspects of healthy living, including exercising and good oral hygiene.

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