Candy Drop-Off Program Helps Parents Promote Healthier Habits

Munson Healthcare and the Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative (NDMI) are partnering for the sixth consecutive year to promote healthier Halloween habits while providing the sweet satisfaction of giving back.

Trick-or-treaters, parents and candy givers are encouraged to donate a portion of their stash or leftover candy to their community locations November 1–5. The collected candy will be donated to both overseas troops and local veterans. In 2017, more than 1,150 pounds of candy were collected.

Specific times and locations, including newly added “sweet spots” for 2018, can be found below.

NDMI coordinator Amanda Woods reminds us that there is no harm in enjoying Halloween treats within reason.

“A little bit of candy is okay in moderation,” she says. “What is not good for anyone is when candy is eaten in place of healthier food items such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Foods that are easily broken down during digestion, such as candy, can cause rapid spikes in blood sugar that can negatively affect your mood and health. Unhealthy foods eaten in excess and over time can lead to other health problems such as obesity and chronic disease.”

For questions or more information, call 231-935-9255.

Cadillac Area

Cadillac Area YMCA
9845 Campus Drive, Cadillac
Thurs, Nov. 1–Fri, Nov. 2, 6 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 3, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 4: Noon–8 p.m

Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
7917 Mackinaw Trail, Cadillac
Thurs, Nov. 1–Fri, Nov. 2, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Kalkaska Area

Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Main Registration Desk
Thurs, Nov. 1–Fri, Nov. 2
Mon, Nov. 5, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Kingsley Area

K-Town Youth Health Center
112 S. Brownson Ave., Kingsley
Thurs, Nov. 1 and Mon, Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital
Primary Care
1400 E. Parkdale Ave., Manistee
Thurs, Nov. 1–Fri, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Family Care
1391 E. Parkdale Ave., Manistee
Thurs, Nov. 1–Fri, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Hospital Registration – Lower Level
1465 E. Parkdale Ave., Manistee
Thurs, Nov. 1–Fri, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Traverse City Area

Diabetes Education Office
Munson Professional Building
1221 Sixth St., Suite 210, Traverse City
Thurs, Nov. 1–Fri, Nov. 2 and Mon, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Munson Community Health Library
Munson Community Health Center
550 Munson Ave., Suite 100, Traverse City
Thurs, Nov. 1–Fri, Nov. 2 and Mon, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.–noon, 1–3 p.m.

Youth Wellness Center
Career Tech Center Campus
800 Parsons Rd, Traverse City
Thurs, Nov 1–Fri, Nov 2 and Mon, Nov 5, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

TBAISD
Arnell Administration Building
1101 Red Dr., Traverse City
Thurs, Nov 1–Mon, Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

—Press release provided by Munson Healthcare


Halloween Events in Northern Michigan