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Consider fruit on fright night.

PARENTS are being urged to only allow healthy treats this Halloween.

The call by Yorkshire health chiefs comes as thousands of youngsters prepare for the scariest night of the year. NHS Yorkshire and Humber experts want to save young trick or treaters from a fright in later life.

Traditionally sugary snacks are given to help children celebrate Halloween.

Now health bosses are asking people to consider giving trick or treaters who visit their homes healthier alternatives.

The call comes as figures show Yorkshire children are getting fatter at a faster rate than other parts of the country.

Paul Johnstone, regional director for public health said: "NHS Yorkshire and the Humber is committed to helping children to understand the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet.

"Halloween is a fun time for children so if you are planning on giving trick or treaters a snack on the 31st why not mix it up and throw in some, apples, oranges or grapes.

"Eating too many sweets, on a regular basis, can lead to a number of health problems later in life, including obesity and diabetes, not to mention the problems it can cause to your teeth.

"Eating fruit has a number of benefits that you can't get from eating sweets. Fruit contains vitamins and minerals which help to keep the body healthy.''
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 31, 2009
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