Up against a three-minute time clock on Tuesday morning, a local family raced through the aisles grabbing groceries at FireLake Discount Foods, 1570 S. Gordon Cooper Dr.

Up against a three-minute time clock on Tuesday morning, a local family raced through the aisles grabbing groceries at FireLake Discount Foods, 1570 S. Gordon Cooper Dr.

The shoppers were winners of a local contest to rid homes of leftover Halloween candy.

Blue Zones Project in Pottawatomie County held a candy collection drive in early November to take excess Halloween candy out of the community.

A grand total of 220 pounds of candy was dropped off at multiple area sites.

Residents who donated candy were entered to win a three-minute shopping spree for Blue Zones-Inspired items at the store. They also each received a coupon for a free piece of fruit.

Taylor Shekarabi, project manager, Blue Zones Project, said the candy collection program was started because the average American child consumes 7,000 calories from candy just on Halloween night.

“That's the equivalent of three cups of sugar, which would take running two marathons to burn off,” she said.

To learn more about Blue Zones Project, call the Blue Zones Project team in Pottawatomie County at (405) 765-8052 or visit www.bluezonesproject.com.