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Friday, October 17th, 2014
Teal is the new black (or, actually, orange) when it comes trick-or-treating this season.
As the official color of food allergy awareness, the Teal Pumpkin Project was started to let moms and dads know that if they see a teal pumpkin on someone’s doorstep while trick-or-treating that the house will give out small toys instead of candy to kids with food allergies.
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) picked up on the campaign this year after an allergy group in Tennessee came up with the idea last Halloween season, ABC News reports.
Instead of candy, FARE recommends giving out small items like mini slinkies, spider rings, Halloween-themed erasers or vampire fangs as fun, safe alternatives to kids with food allergies.
“We just want people to know that we’re not asking people to stop giving out candy,” one mom, Tyffani Tucker, told ABC. “We are asking them to give kids with food allergies another option so they have something they can look forward to on Halloween too.”
And if you don’t have a pumpkin at your house but want to support the cause and give out small toys along with your typical candy selection, you can download and print off a picture of a teal pumpkin to hang in a window or on a door here.
Still want your little one to have a special treat on Halloween? Take a look at the best snacks for kids with food allergies.
Photos courtesy of FARE
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Friday, October 7th, 2011
A Halloween costume comprised of a skin-tight dress with glittery bones on it to indicate anorexia is causing an Internet stir as parents and eating disorder experts express dismay at the idea of making light of a disease that affects up to 10 million American women, and is the mental illness with the highest mortality rate.
The “Anna Rexia” costume, which also comes with a waist tape measure, has been pulled from many costume shops–more as the negative reaction spreads– and it has been discontinued by its manufacturer, Dreamgirl. But it is still for sale by a few costume vendors and online shops.
“We understand that some people will not find the dark humor funny,” Alicia Brockwell, Dreamgirl’s marketing director, told CNN.com, “Halloween is an eccentric and irreverent holiday for people to express themselves in a myriad of ways. While some people may not like a particular costume – it is a matter of taste and personal discretion.”
Eating disorder experts are not amused.
“There is absolutely nothing funny about anorexia,” Lynn Grefe, president and CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association, told CNN. “If you saw an 8-year-old kid on a feeding tube you’d be surprised. Anorexia is not a choice – at all.”
“Eating disorders are mental and the consequences are physical.” she continued, pointing out that related health issues can include early osteoporosis, kidney failure, digestive system ailments, renal disease, and more. “If you’re not feeding yourself, you’re not feeding your brain and your body – and your body needs the fuel.”
Grefe urged anyone who is concerned about eating disorders to call 800-931-2237 or visit NationalEatingDisorders.org.
(image via: http://www.dollymix.tv)
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Thursday, October 6th, 2011
A number of new applications are becoming available to help parents plan safe Halloween experiences for their children, and protect their kids from bullying messages sent via text message.
The Boston Globe reports on two such apps: Secureafone and Word Bully.
Secureaphone, which works on iPhone and Android devices, allows parents to set a geographical boundary for their children to use while trick-or-treating, and it sends out an alert if the child strays beyond that boundary. The app also has GPS tracking software to alert parents if teens are driving too fast.
Word Bully, which works on Androids but will reportedly be available for iPhones before Christmas, blocks incoming text messages that contain any of 3,600 “mean words” that the app attributes to bullying behavior. The offending messages are sent to parents’ phones, along with the sender’s phone number.
Recent research revealed that almost three-quarters of teens feel that people are meaner through social media than they are in person.
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