Magazine article Working Mother

Snack Attack

Magazine article Working Mother

Snack Attack

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The scariest thing about Halloween may be the sugary snacks invading your pantry. On average, children reach for cookies and candy about three times a day, consuming nearly 600 daily calories from snacks, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill of more than 31,000 children. These extras, combined with an inactive lifestyle and too much screen time, can lead to weight gain or obesity. To keep your kids healthier, especially around trick-or-treat season: Try to limit children 6 and older to one "treat" per day; stock up on plenty of healthy snacks like apples, carrots and other fruits and veggies; limit young children's consumption of junk food overall; and talk to older kids about the importance of a healthy diet. -Misa Cohen

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