Community Living

October 8, 2012

TOPS says Halloween Is a healthy, teachable moment


Serve Healthy Meals

To help curb snacking while they collect candy, serve a hearty, balanced snack or meal before they leave.  Also, encourage your kids to wait until they get home to eat any of their goodies.

Lead by Example

Be a role model for your children and mindful of the amount of candy you’re consuming, too.  You may struggle with regulating your candy intake, but if you’re trying to teach your kids about self-control and healthy eating, it’s important that you practice these behaviors.  You can also set an example for the rest of the neighborhood by handing out healthier treats – trail mix, sugar-free gum, microwave popcorn, granola bars, graham crackers, raisins, bouncy balls, yo-yos, sidewalk chalk, and other such goodies.


TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Founded more than 64 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a “Real People. Real Weight Loss.SM” philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, and wellness information. TOPS has about 170,000 members – male and female, age seven and older – in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is affordable at just $28 per year in the U.S. and $32 per year in Canada, plus nominal chapter fees. To find a local chapter, view or call (800) 932-8677.

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