Halloween is for children, but adults buy the candy meant for trick-or-treaters. Often that means huge sacks of sugary temptation are lying around the house for days in advance. Those who don't get visited by enough children end up with bowls of candy leftovers.
Bob Greene, founder of the online weight loss site www.TheBestLife.com, offers these tips for managing holiday sweets:
• Delay candy shopping. Stores have been selling Halloween candy since September, but why buy it early? Don't purchase treats until Oct. 30.
• Choose lower calorie treats. Consider getting hard candies, such as small lollipops, which have fewer calories than chocolate and caramels.
• Eat before taking your children trick-or-treating. If you have a healthy meal before heading out, you'll be less inclined to pluck an extra candy for yourself from the neighbor's bowl.
• Bob for apples. Fruit is nature's candy, and it's much better for you. Apples taste great, are high in fiber and help fight off cancer.
An alternative to candy
The American Dental Association and PopCap Games have partnered to offer an alternative to traditional Halloween treats. Instead of chocolate, give trick-or-treaters a handful of zombies.
PopCap is the maker of “Plants vs. Zombies,” a popular, family friendly computer game. Since late September, packages of limited edition zombie trading cards have been sent to dentists nationwide. Each pack includes a coupon for a free copy of “Plants vs. Zombies.”
Adults who plan to dole out Halloween treats can obtain card packs from participating dentists or download and print out game coupons from www.stopzombiemouth.com.
The game giveaway is part of the “Stop Zombie Mouth” campaign, which continues through Halloween. It aims to educate children about how the foods they eat can affect their dental health.
Vote for local video now
Two years ago, Medline Industries Inc. filmed the first Pink Glove Dance video as a way to raise awareness of breast cancer. The video featured dancers from a hospital in Portland, Ore.
The video was so popular that another video was shot last year. This one featured more than 4,000 health care workers and breast cancer survivors from 139 hospitals nationwide.
For 2012, Medline — the nation's largest privately held maker and distributor of medical and surgical supplies — has upped the ante. Hospitals, nursing homes, schools, churches and individuals were invited to film their own Pink Glove Dance videos.
The top three videos, as chosen by online voting, will have sums ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 donated in their names to the breast cancer charity of their choice.
Integris Health has entered a video in the contest. The inspiration for the local video was Monica Rostykus, who worked for nearly 30 years in the surgery department at Integris Baptist Medical Center. Rostykus was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in April 2008 and was rediagnosed four times. She underwent 14 surgeries and repeated chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Despite that, she became the top fundraiser at Integris and the second best individual fundraiser in Oklahoma City for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She was among more than 200 dancers in Integris' video.
“Many hours were put into creating the Integris video by numerous people from videographers to dance coordinators,” an Integris news release states. “Monica was at the heart of it all, appearing in the video shoot dancing in the Integris Baptist … operating room.”
A few days later, she began feeling more pain and had difficulty breathing. Soon she was unable to remain at home; she entered the Integris Hospice House. She watched the video at the hospice, even performing some of the dance moves from her bed. She died Sept. 27.
Integris dedicated the video to Rostykus. To view or vote for it, go online to www.integrisok.com/pinkglove.
Voting ends Friday. Winners will be announced Nov. 2.
Check up on older relatives
Sometimes older loved ones need help but aren't willing to ask for it. Visiting Angels, a national company providing compassionate home care, provides this checklist to help you determine how the seniors in your life are doing.
• Are they wearing appropriate clothing?
• Are their clothes clean?
• Do they smell bad? (Could be a sign of difficulty bathing, washing hair or brushing teeth.)
• Are there significant changes to their appearance? (Wearing more or less makeup, not wearing dentures, etc.)
Around the home:
• Is the refrigerator stocked?
• Are the dishes and laundry cleaned regularly?
• Is there expired food in the pantry?
• What are they eating, and how much? Are they drinking enough water?
• Are medications organized and up to date?
• Ask about activities and friends. Are they still having fun? Are they able to go where they want?
• Have they missed or skipped any doctor appointments? Do they understand their medication?
• Are they paying bills on time, or is the mail being ignored?
These things may indicate difficulty in managing daily life.
For more information, contact Visiting Angels at 259-9155 or go online to www.visitingangels.com/midwestcity. Local offices serve Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Del City, Moore, Norman and all communities east to Shawnee.