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Healthy Community Egg Hunts

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, March 7, 2016

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone is having a great start to March! The first day of spring (March, 20th) is approaching fast. With the start of spring comes lots of outdoor activities, including egg hunts! Just because we are outside and more active we cannot forget to focus on healthy eating as we are all eager to get outside and active! This blog will discuss some healthy alternatives when it comes to stuffing eggs with prizes and treats for your community egg hunts.

First, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources emphasize the importance of physical activity and eating healthy. Their annual egg hunt offers healthier snack options and prizes rather than candy during their egg hunts. Additionally, a portion of the eggs are “Eco Eggs,” which are plant versus petroleum based-eggs made in the USA. Eco Eggs are BPA free, contain 100% renewable content and are fully compostable after use! Furthermore, Medical Alert Foundation provides healthy and safe ways to enjoy the traditional egg hunt among your community. Interestingly enough, Easter is only second to Halloween, when it comes to kids eating sugary treats such as peeps and chocolate bunnies.  Instead of hiding chocolate in the eggs for children to find, you can hide: stickers, spring themed erasers, plastic bracelets, bouncy balls, shoelaces, hair ties, and necklaces. You can even fill the eggs up with healthier treats, such as pretzels, dark chocolate (which is a healthier chocolate option), dried fruit, granola, fruit loops cereal or flavored popcorn! Make sure to get creative during this traditional spring community event! For additional ideas or suggestions, visit the Feels Like Home blog for 106 things to put in the eggs, there are an endless amount of healthy options!

Lastly, as you all know, NC Recre8’s statewide 5k registration is up and running (no pun intended)! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at various locations across North Carolina including: Statesville, Fletcher, Boone, High Point, Charlotte, Wake Forest, Graham, Concord, Vale, New Bern, Jacksonville, Roxboro. NCRPA is challenging your department to get actively involved and find a location near you to participate! Even if you department is not directly hosting, the race is still important for you to be involved in one way or another. The NC Recre8 5k is helping promote parks and recreation on a statewide level, and the funds raised will support the advancement of recreation in our state. So please help increase awareness and become involved simply by participating on April 16th! Create a running team within your department and make it a day to remember. Click the following link for more information and select a race location by you: www.ncparkrun.com

If you would like to share your ideas and suggestions involving community egg hunts or the NC Recre8 5k please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

Colleen

Tags:  Community  Egg Hunts  Healthy Living  March 

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