From the pumpkin spice everything to the scary decorations popping up around the city, it’s clear that Halloween is fast approaching. That’s why the American Heart Association is sharing some tips and resources to make the spooky season fun, safe, and healthy.
Although Halloween is the one night a year that kids get to bring their character fantasies to life and drown themselves in chocolates, the American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugars to no more than 6 percent of calories each day.
- For parents, consider some alternatives to extremely sugary and processed candies, like fruit or granola bars.
- However, if the kids get home and they are craving some of their hard-earned candy, you can teach them to enjoy it in moderation.
The American Heart Association says to get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, and trick or treating is a great way to reach those goals with your kids. However, Halloween is also one of the busiest nights of the year, so here are some questions to ask yourself before you go out:
- Is everyone highly visible?
- Are the costumes safe?
- Do we have a plan if we get separated?
When you go out trick or treating try to stick to the hours set by your city or neighborhood and follow a path you already know. Another tip to keep in mind is to invite another family. This can make the night more memorable and increase adult supervision! And don’t forget to make a plan in case you get separated.
This section is for the young adults celebrating Halloween and the adults who are hosting and attending parties.
Moderation is key:
Exercise caution when drinking, especially at Halloween parties or events. Drink responsibly and be aware!
According to the American Heart Association, if you drink alcohol, limit consumption to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. Generally, one drink equals a 12-ounce beer (5% content), 8-ounce malt liquor (7% content), a 5-ounce glass of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.
Understand your personal limits and distinguish the difference between slight inebriation and complete loss of control. If you plan to consume alcohol, arrange for a designated driver, or use a ride-sharing service to ensure a safe trip home.
Larger crowds and social settings can create opportunities for malicious individuals to take advantage of vulnerable partygoers. Many Halloween parties are held in dimly lit or themed environments, making it easier for got someone to slip a date-rape drug into a drink without being noticed. Additionally, masks and costumes can make it challenging to identify individuals or recognize anyone suspicious.
It’s essential to strike a balance between having fun and prioritizing health and safety during Halloween festivities. Follow these tips and make this Halloween spooky for the right reasons!
For more information, visit heart.org/healthyforgood
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