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Healthy Egg Hunts!

Posted By Diquan Edmonds, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Monday, April 10, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Springtime is officially here! Last weekend, your department may have held your annual egg hunt event. These traditions are likely a huge part of your communities celebrations. This wellness blog will give you some healthy ways to celebrate this year and in the future.

According to CNBC, Easter outranks both Valentine’s Day and Halloween for the number one candy consuming holiday. The article states that in 2015, $823 million of candy was purchased in just the week before Easter!

It’s safe to say that community holiday events and candy go hand in hand. Whether it’s eggs filled with jellybeans at an egg hunt, or baskets delivered by the bunny with all our favorite treats, the candy keeps on flowing.

Although eating candy in moderation is probably fine for most individuals, binging on candy should be avoided. One way to assist in this candy moderation is to get create when stuffing your eggs.

We all know that plastic eggs are typically filled with candy, but there are a number of different options that your department can substitute. From Goldfish crackers to small toys, the possibilities are endless. Below, I have included a list of some of my favorite egg stuffers, and where to purchase them:

It is important to choose appropriate stuffers for different age groups. Unfortunately, a lot of non-edible stuffers will be too small for children under 3 years old. For these groups, use things such as stickers and tattoos. This could be a simple way to reduce the amount of candy consumed in your community.

If you are also making baskets, these same techniques can be applied. Subbing out candy for these fun items is sure to make any kid happy.

I hope that this wellness blog gave you some ideas on how to hold healthier holiday events! If your department has already integrated these tactics into your programs, I’d love to know about it! Feel free to email me at


Until next time,


Tags:  NCRPA Wellness  Wellness 

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