Have a Healthy & Spooky Halloween!
October 2016                                                                       Volume 6.4

Dear HealthStart Supporter, 

Halloween is only days away and the holidays will come on its heels. The holidays are the time of year when it is easy to throw all good health habits out the window and over indulgence in sweet and abundant food.

Kids taught our “Health Education for Youngsters! (HEY!)” Curriculum know they need to feed their entire body every day.  HealthStart kids also know it is okay to indulge in a “treat” once in a while as long as they take care of their nutritional needs so they stay healthy.
Our advice? No trick-or-treater should be prevented from enjoying a little of their Halloween booty or denied pumpkin pie with their Thanksgiving meal.
The trick is to eat healthy first and then only indulge in the sweet stuff in moderation and only eat until you are full – not stuffed.
Happy Healthy Halloween Everyone!

Robin Herskowitz

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

For young children Halloween night is one of the best of the year, but before you head out consider these trick-or-treating safety tips.
  1. Plan your route in advance
  2. Wear comfortable shoes
  3. Stay well-lit by putting reflective tape on costumes and carrying a flashlight or glowsticks.
  4. Make sure costumes are appropriate length to avoid tripping at night.
  5. Avoid masks to ensure full ability to breathe and see in the dark.
  6. Use flexible props to reduce risk of injury.
  7. Check your children’s candy to ensure that it is in its original wrapper and has not been previously opened.
Source: Readers Digest 7 trick-or-treating safety tips

Hairy Man Spooky Fest

HealthStart staff, interns, and volunteers had a blast at the 22nd annual Brushy Creek Hairy Man Spooky Fest at Cat Hollow Park on Saturday, October 22.

HealthStart ran a booth in the children’s activities area where children "fed" our Monstralia monsters while playing Monstralia Corn Hole Toss and struck a pose at our Yoga Photo booth. You can see pictures of the event HERE.

Funds raised during the event will support our What are YOU Feeding? nutrition education program.

A special thank you goes out to members of the University of Texas chapters of Chi Beta Delta service sorority and Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity who volunteered at the event. We look forward to working with these great organizations again in the near future!

Start Smart with HealthStart

Have you read our Start Smart with HealthStart Blog yet? Each month we will feature a blog by a new contributor all about children's health and wellness. This month blog is by current board member Nina Beucler, a certified health and nutrition coach as well as yoga instructor. Smart Start: Building Healthy Immune Systems in our Little Ones is about 5 ways to strengthen your children's immune systems in preparation for the upcoming cold and flu season. Check it out today!

Save the Date: Tuesday, November 29th  #TeamHealthStart #GivingTuesday KickOff

Austin Gives Miles (AGM) selected HealthStart as one of its official charity partners for the 2017 NXP Austin Marathon.  As a charity partner we are racing to raise funds for HealthStart’s early, science-based health education programs, but we need you to get us over the finish line!
The starting line for HealthStart’s race to raise $12,000 by February 2017 begins with #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving. #GivingTuesday encourages individuals to give their time, goods, money or voice to help their community. This year #GivingTuesday is on November 29, 2016. Our fundraising goal for this day of giving is $3000
Save The Date
Don’t miss this opportunity to give back and build a healthier future for us all, by putting #GivingTuesday, November 29th on your calendar. 
There Is Still Time To Become a FUNd-runner
Join #TeamHealthStart to help set a foundation for a healthier future by :
  1. REGISTERING TO RUN – Register here. Train for a 5k, half marathon, or full marathon run. 
  2. FUNdraising – Become a FUNd-Runner. Set up a personal fundraising page. Commit to raising at least $300 between now and day of the race day. Win things. The more you raise the cooler the prizes and the better you'll feel about all the good you are doing for yourself and our community! 
Volunteer on the Day Of the Marathon
The sign up for volunteering on Sunday, February 19, 2017 is LIVE. Volunteers will help setup/breakdown our water stop and hand out water to runners as they cheer them on. This is a wonderful way to give back to your community and will be a blast! We need YOU to make it happen, Sign up HERE!

For more information on joining #TeamHealthStart contact Erin Damm at erin.damm@healthstartfoundation.org
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