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‘Healthy Halloween’ returning Oct. 27 for fourth year in Oxford

By Allen Brewer

EAGLE Contributor

Trick–or–treat, white or wheat, which bread is better for you to eat?

At the upcoming “Healthy Halloween,” local children will get to test their knowledge of nutrition and fitness for treats and prizes. These events, hosted by Operation Fit Nation, are meant to teach children how to make healthy choices while also having holiday fun.

The event will be hosted in the Lafayette High School Commons on Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Trunk-or-Treat will also be set up in the Lafayette High School parking lot hosted by the Future Farms of America.

“We hope that this year will be bigger than last years,” Lawrence Muruako, co-founder of Operation Fit Nation, said. “The goal is for children and parents to become more aware of their health and nutrition.”

This will be the fourth time that the event has been hosted in Oxford. The events will teach families about healthy alternatives to junk food and ways to get physically active.

Children can play interactive games such as testing their speed by running and jumping around obstacles. Then, kids can try different types of healthy snacks such as vegetable chips, granola cups and organic cookies. Parents can also enjoy the treats and get their blood pressure screened.

Balloon art stations, prize giveaways and bounce houses will be offered at the event. Booths from the event’s sponsors such as Rebel Well, Rebel Body Fitness 24-7 and Smoothie King will also be present.

“We are just playing our part to give children the opportunity to make healthier choices,” Muruako said. “Not a lot of kids know about some of these types of foods.”

“Healthy Halloween” will also be making stops in Charleston and Batesville. Charleston’s “Healthy Halloween” will be located at the Charleston Elementary School on Oct. 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Batesville’s “Healthy Halloween” will be located at the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Mississippi on Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.