Candy, kids, and spooks are the theme Friday. And it’s no trick that 30 million children and adults have diabetes in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The American Diabetes Association is offering a month of healthy lifestyle activities to help stop diabetes.
Robyn Webb is a nutritionist, Food Editor and author of “The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook”.
She said one way to avoid the Halloween sugar coma is to get kids involved in making healthy foods.
“Kids can get involved. They’re going to participate with their family in making delicious foods,” Webb said, “And they’re going to get to see how healthy food can taste great, that they don’t need all the Halloween candy, and all of the other things that happen during the holidays.”
Webb said it’s important for family members to support each other especially when a loved one has diabetes or prediabetes.
She said holidays don’t have to be difficult for people with diabetes and she says, sticking to a health diet doesn’t mean you have to skip tasty treats.
“People who have diabetes in their family, it’s really important that everyone gets on board and supports the person that does have diabetes.,” Webb said, “And make sure if you are in a family of people that do have diabetes get yourself checked as well.”
Webb said for foods that aren’t healthy, she recommends eating smaller portions.
“It’s never about depriving people of what they want to have it’s about intelligently rearranging their food so that it is healthy and it certainly will meet all of their needs to manage their diabetes,” Webb said.
ON THE WEB
ADA Myths http://www.stopdiabetes.com/get-the-facts/myths-and-facts.html
America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes http://www.diabetesforecast.org/landing-pages/adm/?loc=hppuz5_adm_oct2014