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Curb Candy Cravings

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We all love those mini candy bars and sweet treats that come with Halloween. But if you want to make sure you don't overdo it, plan ahead because those small treats can pack a big punch.

"One of the things to keep in mind is that it is a treat. It's not something that you want to eat in large quantity. For example, if you have just one M&M chocolate candy, to burn that off, you need to walk the distance of a football field," says Sharolyn Jackson, Walk Coordinator for KSU.

For every 100 calories you or your kids eat means having to walk about a mile to burn it off.

To make sure your kids don't gobble down a whole bowl full of candy, Jackson says to set some ground rules. Put a time limit on trick-or-treating or only let them fill up their bag once.

Tell kids before Halloween how much candy they'll be able to keep. One easy way to make sure you don't over indulge, eat some food before trick-or-treating.

"Make sure you don't go on an empty stomach, so you're not really, really hungry and that way when you come home from trick-or-treating you're not starved and want to dive into all that candy," says Jackson.

If your kids end up getting what you consider to be too much candy, you can always freeze it, use it for baking or send it to the troops overseas using Operation Shoebox.

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