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A sweet way to make everyone smile!

HASTINGS, Minn. 10/20/2014

Halloween, kids and candy may go together, but tooth decay, cavities or weight issues don't need to follow.

That will be the message at Regina Hospital's Halloween Candy Buyback on Saturday, Nov. 1. The hospital is partnering with A Healthier Hastings 4 All (AHHA) to offer local children (12 and under) the opportunity to unload some of their surplus Halloween candy.

For every pound of candy turned in during the event, Regina Hospital, part of Allina Health, will donate $1 to the Hastings Family Services food shelf. Every dollar helps purchase 7 lbs of food for families in need.

Candy will be sent to troops serving overseas, while the children who turn in their sweet treats will receive healthy snack recipes, fruit, jump rope, book (donated by Pleasant Hill Library) and a free toothbrush, floss or toothpaste while supplies last.

"Halloween candy can be part of a healthy diet, but should be consumed in moderation," said Michelle Johnson, wellness care guide for AHHA at Regina Hospital. "This event helps families to get some of the surplus candy out of the house, and also reminds them of the importance of moderation of candy, to help encourage healthy weight for children."

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