Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Slimy Eyeballs and Squishy Intestines: This Halloween, Give Away Your Guts

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

by Leigh Ann Otte

Remember the squishiness, the sliminess—that stuff in a bucket you couldn’t see but could vividly imagine? It was, of course, … human body organs!

Every year, innocent children are subjected to unmerciful Halloween tricks from adults. Live scarecrows guard candy, witches answer doors and, yes, buckets full of gooey eyeballs await curious fingers.

This Halloween, we’re turning the theme around on adults. Our version focuses on a real life-and-death issue: organ donation. Some people find that as scary as a haunted house. Perhaps that’s because of frightful myths, like the doctors might not try as hard to save donors, and you can’t have an open-casket funeral.

In “13 Organ Donation Questions: Busting Myths, Spreading Facts,” we’ve answered your common and uncomfortable questions. (Funny, it just worked out to 13.) If you haven’t registered as a donor, perhaps this Halloween is the time to do it. You can sign up easily online. (There’s a link in the article.)

Well over 6,000 people die waiting for a transplant each year. One donor can save as many as eight live and help perhaps dozens more.

Signing up to be a lifesaver—a pretty cool way to celebrate Halloween. Almost as cool as scaring the sheets off some innocent little ghosts.

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a professional writer. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

Skeletal Knowledge: Happy Halloween Trivia!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

by Leigh Ann Otte

I think the stores started selling Halloween decorations in July, so I apologize that we’re so late to the game, but now that it’s October, Happy Halloween!

We’re kicking off this eerie month by getting our skeletons out of the closet and onto the website, in quiz form. Test your bony knowledge in our “Bones Halloween Quiz.” Here’s a warm-up question to get you started:

What’s a crack that happens on one side of the bone only?

  • Skeletal crack
  • Sidehair split
  • Greenstick fracture

Get the answer by taking this month’s quiz. Then share your score with your friends and see how they do. You can try more health quizzes here.

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a professional writer. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

One Sweet Potato = 15 Candy Corns (Get Easy Recipes!)

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

Let me get this straight. One medium sweet potato equals somewhere around:

  • 15 pieces of candy corn OR
  • four Tootsie Rolls OR
  • four Hershey’s Kisses OR
  • half of a Snicker’s bar

And sweet potatoes are … sweet! It’s too good to be true.

Wanna check my math? (You probably should. My subject was English.) The Halloween candy calories were in last week’s featured article, and the sweet potato ones were in this week’s. Lucky for us, this week’s article also has some simple cooking ideas for those seasonal goodies. They’d make for a pretty neat Halloween dinner, eh? Plus, in a double play this week, you get a bonus article: a recipe for a cheesy sweet potato casserole. Get some protein with that pretend candy.

If you cook sweet potatoes for Halloween, we want to hear about it! How did you cook them? How’d they go over?

Fifteen pieces of candy corn. Wow. And it’ll fill you up too.

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

Color-Code Your M&M’s — and Other Halloween Candy Calorie Tips

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

Halloween’s so much fun. Gorging yourself on Handing out candy. Helping the kids eat sort their finds. Dealing with the moans and groans and sugar crashes—the kids’, of course.

OK, fine, cover the kids’ ears: sometimes, adults like to eat Halloween candy too. There, we said it. Nothing wrong with it, except, the munching can extend beyond Halloween—before, after, way after.

Nutrition experts recommend moderation, not thrashing yourself over a candy corn. To help with said moderation, registered dietitian Carol Bareuther offers some tips in this week’s featured article, “Halloween Candy Nutriton: Calories, Fat—and Good News!” Tips like:

  • In small studies, people have eaten more candy when offered different colors. So sort the M&M’s. Don’t tell your brain.
  • Eat a candy bar; freeze the rest.
  • It’s true: candy corn and Tootsie Rolls have fewer calories per serving than many of their candy-bar counterparts.
  • Special Dark Hershey’s Kisses have 20 fewer calories per serving than the milk-chocolate ones.
  • Sure, that Butterfinger King Size candy bar has 160 calories … per serving … which is 1/3 of the package! Don’t let those wrappers fool you.

What’s your Halloween candy ritual like? Do you eat it, or do you have steel resolve? How ’bout your kids?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com.

This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

Healthy, Fun Pumpkin Recipes for Halloween

Monday, October 26th, 2009

by Leigh Ann Otte, managing editor

Impending kiddie sugar high scaring the heck out of you? How ’bout enticing them away with a steaming bowl of boiled jack o’ lantern guts (i.e. pumpkin soup)?

We’ve scoured the Web (get it? spider? no? OK) and unearthed pumpkin recipes galore.

Whatever you pick, just don’t tell the kids it’s healthy … unless you really want to scare them.

Happy Halloween!

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Make Halloween fun, safe and healthy for your children (plus: recipes!)

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

These are tips from another good press release I received for Halloween. Anything to make sure those kids stay healthy and safe. Its comes from the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, to form the Alliance For a Healthier Generation. (Also, scroll down for some healthier Halloween recipes.)

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Tips to avoid food allergies and still have fun this Halloween

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

How do you keep your little tyke with food allergies from missing all the fun?   The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has some tips.

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Keep kids safe at Halloween

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

It’s dress-up and candy time. Not my favorite holiday, but fun for the kids. Keep it that way by making sure your kids stay safe.

I have received several good press releases regarding the holiday and thought I would share. Below are some tips from www.kidshealth.org on how to have a safe, spooktacular Halloween.

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How to enjoy Halloween candy without gaining weight

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

by Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

Unless you’ve been hiding behind a scarecrow, you’ve probably seen the bags of candy crowding the grocery store shelves. And if you’ve shopped with children lately, you’ve likely had bags mysteriously jump into your shopping cart. The junk food season which starts before Halloween and doesn’t end until Valentine’s Day is upon us.

So what’s a parent to do? How do we temper the candy frenzy with our kids? How do we handle it for ourselves? Without a plan, a lot of pounds can be gained before Cupid visits us.

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