Extra Halloween Candy

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November 4, 2007

Now that halloween is over, you probably have bags of leftover candy that your kids want to eat. On one hand, you want to let them enjoy the candy and have fun but you also know that if they eat all the candy they want, they'll get sick.

A nice spot between these two positions will work nicely. If your child is active and plays a lot of sports, you can let them have more candy than if your child is inactive. You can use candy as an incentive to get them to exercise.

A small piece of candy can have as much as 100 calories and contribute half of a child's daily calorie needs in one sitting if you allow them to. With obesity and type 2 diabetes becoming a big problem in younger populations, parents need to take a more active role in their children's nutrition.