Six Ways to Be Safe and Healthy This Halloween

This guide was put together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is a great addition to our recent FitFactor post on watching how much sugar is in your food. We hope that you and your family stay safe this Halloween.

Don’t let your health get tricked this Halloween! Here are a few ways to stay safe and healthy.

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Get Moving

Carve out time to be active this Halloween – between get-togethers and trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Take a walk or jog 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.

Eat Well

Don’t spend this Halloween filling up on junk food and sweets. Give yourself and your guests healthier choices and nutritious treats.
Learn how to use fruits and vegetables to manage your weight.

Keep Your and Your Family’s Bite Healthy

Keep Halloween candy at bay. Care for teeth the right way – brush with a flouride toothpaste each and every day.
Tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children[581 KB] aged 2-5 years and half of those aged 12-15 years. About half of all children and two-thirds of adolescents aged 12-19 years from lower-income families have had decay.

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 the Color Me Safe book from CDC’s Injury Center for tips to stay safe at home, on the road, and at play.

Scare Away the Flu and Colds

Don’t get spooked by the flu, wash your hands frequently and get a flu vaccine too!
Learn about good health habits that can help stop germs.

Don’t Be a Zombie

Sleep is important – even on Halloween! Get 7-9 hours each night. It’s best for staying healthy and helping the disease fight!
Research has found that insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.