Boy Scouts Of America Recognizes National Family and Children's Health Month

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Boy Scouts Of America Recognizes National Family And Children's Health Month

Nation's Leading Youth Organization Shares Helpful Tips For Halloween

IRVING, TEXAS (Oct. 11, 2005) — This Halloween, more than 93 percent of children are expected to go trick-or-treating. Continuing its Good Turn for America pledge of healthy living during October's National Family and Children's Health Month, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the nation's leading youth service organization, is sharing helpful tips for a safe and healthy Halloween.

According to National Confectioners Association, this year's sales of sweets are expected to reach $2.08 billion, a 2 percent increase from 2004 Halloween candy sales, continuing Halloween's status as the candy industry's top-selling holiday. This year, BSA is promoting a healthy lifestyle while enjoying the Halloween season. There are several healthy ways to approach the Halloween season, and in recognition of National Family and Children's Health Month, BSA encourages Americans to visit www.goodturnforamerica.org for tips on enjoying a safe and healthy Halloween night.

"BSA has been dedicated to promoting a safe and healthy lifestyle among American youth for 95 years," said Gloria Lundin, Occupational Health Nurse, BSA. "Halloween is a long-celebrated American tradition that should be enjoyed among families and children. The Boy Scouts are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy lifestyle with its various safety, health and fitness merit badges. By stressing overall well-being, we hope to encourage youth to adopt a safe trick-or-treating experience and healthy eating habits."

BSA's recognition of National Family and Children's Health Month coincides with the organization's support of U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona's 2005 agenda, "The Year of the Healthy Child," focusing on improving the body, mind, and spirit of the growing child. According to Dr. Carmona, the health needs of children grow into the health problems of adulthood. And, by improving the holistic health of our children, we can ensure a healthier population for the next generation.

Serving over 4.8 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with 303 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on BSA, please visit www.scouting.org.

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