In Fargo, North Dakota, where the name of the town is famous from the movie about it, one mom is taking the Halloween holiday into her own hands.
She has intentions to hand out letters instead of candy to overweight children trick-or-treaters. The thought being, she doesn't want to contribute to the obesity issue in her own city.
The letter reads:
Happy Halloween and happy Holidays Neighbors!
You're probably wondering why your child has this note: have you ever heard the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child?" I am disappointed in "the village" of Fargo Moorrhead, West Fargo.
My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits.
My suggestion is to hand out water, bagged low-calorie treats, carrot sticks or something on the "healthful minded" food instead of a letter. Does she really think that a child deserves this type of victimization? I believe her heart is in the right place but a personal conversation or working directly in the school system might actually change behavior.
Other Ideas for a Healthy Halloween
- Go through the candy with your child and donate to food bank. It could make someone else's holiday a bit more sweet.
- Make sure you walk together while trick or treating and wear a pedometer to see just how far you've both walked together.
- Encourage healthy snacks first and then sweet treats.
- Have your children share with a local nursing home or retirement facility... Reverse Trick or treating can be very rewarding.
- Bring your children's candy to the dentist... most dentists will give rebates or money in exchange for the treats.
What would you do if your child brought home this note?
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