SUNDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Waiting until the last minute to buy Halloween candy is a good way to stick to a healthy diet and cut extra calories, an expert suggests, because if the candy isn't sitting around the house, you won't be tempted to eat it.
And those little bags of candy add up to extra pounds. For example, a 0.75-ounce "fun-size" bag of M&M's contains 100 calories and 3.3 grams of fat, according to a news release from EmblemHealth.
Dr. William Gillespie, a pediatrician and EmblemHealth's Chief Medical Officer, said taking the focus off candy altogether and concentrating on other Halloween activities -- such as telling spooky stories and making crafts or costumes -- is another way to encourage healthy choices.
Gillespie offered several other tips to ensure people of all ages enjoy a healthy Halloween, including:
Here are a few examples of how choosing smaller candy can make a big difference:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more Halloween health and safety tips.
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SOURCE: EmblemHealth, Inc., news release, Oct. 8, 2012
Last Updated: Oct. 14, 2012
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