Happy and Healthy Halloween

Cool, brisk mornings, shorter days, and golden hues abound. These are all clear signs that autumn has arrived. With the changing season comes fall holidays and celebrations. Costumes have been chosen, pumpkins have been picked, and hayrides are all the rage. Blue Zones Project, a community-wide well-being initiative brought to Pottawatomie County by Avedis Foundation, wants to help you have a happy and healthy Halloween.

Check out these top ten tips to help you focus on well-being this fall.

1. Capitalize on the bounty of healthy options. Fall brings the opportunity to seek out fresh picked apples and seasonal vegetables like brussels sprouts, winter squash, sweet potatoes, kale, roasted cabbage and broccoli. Farmers markets provide many of these seasonal selections at both the end of summer and during indoor winter markets as well.

2. Planning to go trick-or-treating? Walk from house to house as a family or with friends. Use the time to move naturally and meet your neighbors.

3. Have a strategy to limit the amount of candy and sweets consumed. Discuss the expectations with your child before you go out to trick-or-treat. Make a healthy and satisfying meal that includes many of their favorite fruits, vegetables, and protein options before you head out.

4. Consider donating candy and sweets. Once the bounty is collected, consider giving back. Many dentist offices will collect candy and send it to troops serving in the military overseas.

5. Roast pumpkin seeds. Once the jack-o-lanterns are carved, save the seeds for a nutritious snack. Pumpkin seeds are rich in nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, protein and Omega-3 fats. Roasted seeds also contain fiber which keeps you feeling satisfied and aids in digestion. Clean and rinse the seeds, pat dry, drizzle with olive oil and lightly salt or add your own favorite seasonings. Roast in the oven at 400˚F for 5-20 minutes until the seeds are lightly brown.

6. Get creative with your Halloween treats. Use a black marker to transform the outside of a clementine or the top of a peach snack cup into a jack-o-lantern by drawing a fun face. Wrap squeezable fruit and veggie pouches in crepe paper for a mummified treat.

7. Focus on fun at gatherings rather than treats. Paint a pumpkin or organize a “dress the scarecrow” relay race. Rake a up a large leaf pile and jump in!

8. Limit consumption of alcoholic beverages. When you go out with friends, limit alcoholic beverages to one or two for the evening. Focus instead on spending time with friends and connecting socially.

9. Avoid the temptation of post-Halloween clearance candy. Your first line of defense for you and your family is keeping the temptation out of your home.

10. Lend a helping hand. Start the season of giving early and consider volunteering at a local not-for-profit.

Choosing to make small changes as you celebrate this year can have a big impact on your well-being. Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County encourages you to move naturally, connect socially, and eat wisely this fall so that you can live longer, better!

To learn more about Blue Zones Project visit our website www.Pottawatomie.bluezonesproject.com. You can also call (405) 765-8052 or e-mail korie.perez@sharecare.com with questions.

Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through improvements to a city’s environment, policies, and social networks. The project has been brought to Pottawatomie County by Avedis Foundation. Blue Zones Project is a division of Sharecare. For more information, visit www.bluezonesproject.com.

Brought to Pottawatomie County through an innovative sponsorship by Avedis Foundation in collaboration with Sharecare, Inc. and Blue Zones, LLC, the Blue Zones Project® is a community-by-community well-being improvement initiative designed to enable community members to live longer, happier lives with lower rates of chronic diseases and a higher quality of life.

Based on principles developed by Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author of “The Blue Zones” and “The Blue Zones Solution,” Blue Zones Project is designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to the built environment, policy and social networks.

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

About Avedis Foundation

Avedis Foundation is a private foundation with 501 (c) 3, nonprofit status, established in Oklahoma in 2012. Avedis seeks to measurably improve the health, wellness and quality of life for the people of Pottawatomie County and its surrounding communities. Avedis Foundation supports projects that directly benefit people from the communities we serve, particularly those projects that support overall well-being for any age group. For more information, visit avedisfoundation.org. 

About Blue Zones Project

Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city’s environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is inspired by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five regions of the world—or Blue Zones®—with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner’s findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Currently, 42 communities in nine states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting over 3 million Americans nationwide. The movement includes multiple communities in California; 15 cities in Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth; and communities in Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Blue Zones Project is a Sharecare company. For more information, visit www.bluezonesproject.com.