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For Immediate Release: October 18, 2011
Contact: Mya Nelson, m.nelson@aicr.org, 202-328-7744 x3047

Is Your Office a Halloween Candy Dumping Ground?

Three Tips to Avoid Halloween Horror at Work


If your workplace turns into an all-you-can-eat Halloween candy buffet before and after October 31, those little "bite size" treats could end up being a nasty trick for your health, experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research warned today.

"Research has confirmed what many of us know all too well: When food is available and in sight, we eat it," says AICR Registered Dietitian Alice Bender. "That candy in the break room and on coworkers' desks before and after Halloween means extra calories and weight gain for many Americans."

The scary truth is that being overweight or obese increases risk for several common cancers and other diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

Although "fun-size" candies seem innocent enough by themselves, eating just two of those candies per day over two months can lead to a two-pound weight gain, coming just before our major eating holidays.

Bender says there are ways to reduce temptation and minimize the resulting calorie damage from constant exposure to candy. Start by limiting trick-or-treat candy in your home, then take steps to help create a healthier work environment for yourself and others.

Tips to Avoid Halloween Horror at Work

  1. Lose Your Candy at the Door. This is one time your colleagues are better off if you don't share. Best idea – be honest with yourself and purchase only the amount of candy you'll need. If you do have leftovers, throw them out – does anyone else really need it?
  2. Hide the Candy. Donate a non-see-through, covered candy dish or container for common spaces where candy is shared. Studies show that keeping treats out of sight helps keep them out-of-mind, out-of-mouth, and off-the-waistline.
  3. Take Detours. If possible, find alternate routes to meetings that avoid passing by the treats. As a side benefit you may get a bit more physical activity. Not possible? Make sure your hands are full when passing the candy dish, so you can't just grab a treat on the way.

For more information see AICR's tips for healthy eating during the holidays.



The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results. It has contributed more than $95 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. AICR has published two landmark reports that interpret the accumulated research in the field, and is committed to a process of continuous review. AICR also provides a wide range of educational programs to help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. Its award-winning New American Plate program is presented in brochures, seminars and on its website, www.aicr.org. AICR is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund International.

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