Make Healthy, Safe Choices To Have A Spooktacular Halloween | Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough

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Make Healthy, Safe Choices To Have A Spooktacular Halloween | Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough

By Kevin Watler, Public Information Officer

WEST CENTRAL, FLA – The Florida Departments of Health in West Central Florida are reminding residents and visitors to make safe and healthy choices this Halloween. Halloween can be a tremendous source of fun for kids and adults, but never forget that it’s also important to make choices that promote health and safety. Costume, traffic, and food safety are essential for trick-or-treaters. Costuming Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. Glow sticks bracelets, and necklaces can be used. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises or allergic reactions. Toxic ingredients have been found in cosmetics marketed to teens and tweens, so be sure to check the source. Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. Traffic Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Often times, lack of visibility because of low lighting plays a factor in these incidents. Remember to instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends. It’s important to put electronic devices down because the light can be distracting, which may cause tripping or a lack of foot or vehicle traffic awareness. Candy Whether it’s commercially or personally wrapped, parents should inspect all treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. When in doubt, throw it out! Because some people choose to create homemade treats for trick-or-treaters, parents should evaluate each item before it is consumed. Children shouldn’t snack on treats from their goody bags while they’re out trick-or-treating, so give them a light meal or snack before they head out; don’t send kids out on an empty stomach.  Food safety With the rise in colorful fentanyl pills reported, parents may be concerned about rainbow fentanyl being a major risk factor in Halloween candy as trick-or-treaters go door-to-door. According to the DEA, there has been no evidence to warrant the concern that fentanyl is being targeted at kids; however, as with any Halloween candy, it’s important for parents to remember to inspect the collected candy for anything suspicious. Healthy options for trick-or-treaters Fruit snacks Applesauce pouches Raisin boxes Granola bars Banana chips Mini-water bottles Trail mix Mini playdoughs Pencils & erasers Plastic jewelry After all the candy has been collected, and the last trick-or-treater has gone to bed, parents need to be aware of how to moderate kids’ candy consumption. Childhood obesity and Type II diabetes are on the rise, so monitor how much candy kids are eating. Parents may want to consider limiting candy to a small number of pieces each day or week. Another idea is to donate candy to organizations that distribute candy to the less fortunate and soldiers in the armed forces. Halloween presents a fun time for parents and kids to enjoy spending quality time together, and by making safe, healthy choices, friends and family can continue to create spooktacular memories for years to come. West Central Florida Departments of Health contact information:

DOH-Citrus     (352) 527-0068 DOH-Manatee  (941) 748-0747 DOH-Hardee    (863) 773-4161 DOH-Pasco      (727) 619-0300 DOH-Hernando (352) 540-6800 DOH-Pinellas     (727) 824-6900 DOH-Highlands  (863) 386-6040 DOH-Polk          (863) 519-7900 DOH-Hillsborough  (813) 307-8000 DOH-Sarasota    (941) 861-2900

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