1. Get Moving
Carve out time to be active this Halloween—between get-togethers and trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Take a walk and do some weight training to help you feel good!
Regular physical activity can help control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers, improve mental health and mood, and increase your chance of living longer.
2. Eat Well
Don’t spend this Halloween filling up on junk food and sweets. Give yourself and your guests healthier choices and nutritious treats.
Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.
3. Keep Your Bite Healthy
Keep Halloween candy at bay. Care for teeth the right way—brush with a fluoride toothpaste each and every day.
Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.
4. Play it Safe
Take precautions to stay safe while trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Watch out for cars, use reflective gear, walk with a group, and carry a flash light.Check out CDC’s Injury Center for tips to stay safe at home, on the road, and at play.
5. Scare Away the Flu and Colds
Don’t get spooked by the flu. Wash your hands frequently and get a flu vaccine, too! Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones and learn about good health habits that can help stop germs.
6. Don’t Be a Zombie
Sleep is important—even on Halloween! Adults need 7-8 hours each night. It’s best for staying healthy and helping the disease fight. Insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
7. Be Afraid of Smoking
Keep your Halloween activities smoke and tobacco free. Being smoke free is the way to be! Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases. Get help to quit smoking.
Prepare for Trick-or-Treaters
Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:
- Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For guests, offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
- Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
- Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
- Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended. Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
Source: U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention