A Healthy and Helpful Halloween

By Erin Epstein

Halloween can often mean sugar, cavities, and weight gain, but this year, Halloween can mean a healthy treat and comfort for a soldier overseas. Kids love to go trick-or-treating, but they often bring home more candy than they need. With the help of the Halloween Candy Buy Back program, in which local dentists “buy back” kids’ Halloween candy, those treats can bring a Happy Halloween to U.S. troops overseas.

As part of the program, local dentists will exchange Halloween candy for cash, toothbrushes, or other incentives. This year, the program is also teaming up with Spry and Operation Gratitude so the Halloween candy will be sent to troops overseas, along with toothbrushes and necessary oral care items.

This program gives soldiers a “Halloween away from home” and enables children to exchange their Halloween candy and receive a token in return. Participating dental practices may provide a new toothbrush, a dollar per pound of candy, or other small prizes and healthy treats.

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