Seven Ways to Be Safe and Healthy This Halloween
Don’t let your health get tricked this Halloween! Here are a few ways to stay safe and healthy.
1. Get Moving
Carve out time to be active this Halloween - between get-togethers and trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Take a walk and do some weight training to help you feel good!
Regular physical activity can help control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers, improve mental health and mood, and increase your chance of living longer.
2. Eat Well
Don’t spend this Halloween filling up on junk food and sweets. Give yourself and your guests healthier choices and nutritious treats.
Learn how to use fruits and vegetables to manage your weight.
3. Keep Your and Your Family's Bite Healthy
Keep Halloween candy at bay. Care for teeth the right way - brush with a flouride toothpaste each and every day.
About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years and 1 of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12 to 19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.
4. Play it Safe
Take precautions to stay safe while trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Watch out for cars, use reflective gear, walk with a group, and carry a flash light.
Check out the Color Me Safe book from CDC’s Injury Center for tips to stay safe at home, on the road, and at play.
5. Scare Away the Flu and Colds
Don't get spooked by the flu, wash your hands frequently and get a flu vaccine, too!
Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones and learn about good health habits that can help stop germs.
6. Don't Be a Zombie
Sleep is important - even on Halloween! Adults need 7-8 hours each night. It’s best for staying healthy and helping the disease fight!
Insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
7. Be Afraid of Smoking
Keep your Halloween activities smoke and tobacco free. Being smoke free is the way to be!Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases. Get help to quit smoking.
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- Page last reviewed: October 26, 2015
- Page last updated: October 26, 2015
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- CDC Office of Women's Health
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