Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 at 7:28 am in Health & Safety.
In this morning’s Times, Sara Steffens writes that the average American will consume 26 lbs. of candy this year, the majority via trick-or-treat bags – at a time when childhood obesity rates have more than doubled and teen rates tripled (National Center for Health). Obviously, it’s not just the Snickers. Fast food and junk snacks are undermining our children’s (and our) health too. Now Contra Costa County supervisor John Gioia is leading a campaign for a more healthful Halloween by giving out stickers, small toys and school supplies to balance out some of that sugar. Check out the story, then take the poll. Or share your thoughts here by clicking “comments.”
– Jackie Burrell