Buyback collects 181 pounds of Halloween candy
RIVER FALLS--Halloween, kids and candy may go together, but tooth decay and cavities don’t need to follow.
That was the message at River Falls Area Hospital’s fourth annual Halloween candy buyback on Nov. 1. The hospital partnered with the River Falls Medical Clinic and Main Street Family Dental to offer local youth the opportunity to unload some of their surplus Halloween candy.
Participating children left the event with cash in their pocket--$1.50 per pound of candy traded in, up to $4.50 per child--and a healthy snack donated by Maple Leaf Orchard. A total of 181 pounds of candy were collected and will be shipped to troops overseas.
“Halloween candy can be part of a healthy diet, but should be consumed in moderation,” said Heather Logelin, Allina Health’s director of community engagement in Western Wisconsin. “This event helps families to get some of the surplus candy out of the house, and also reminds them of the importance of preventive dental care.”
Healthcare providers volunteering at the event included: Michael McFarland, DDS; Sarah Bogel, DDS; and Michael Tiffany, DO, OB/GYN.