Sumner County parents whose children got more treats than tricks on Halloween can exchange their excess candy for a variety of toys that promote physical activity starting this week.
Beginning Friday, the Sumner County Health Department will kick off its fifth annual Treasures for Treats Candy Exchange at eight locations in Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland and Westmoreland.
The program, which goes through Nov. 5, aims to help reduce the amount of sugar children consume while also promoting increased physical activity by exchanging Halloween candy for various toys like jump ropes, balls and hula hoops.
“We are facing a national crisis with the increase in the number of obese children,” Health Educator Suzanna Haynes with the Sumner County Health Department said in a prepared statement about the program. “With the Treasure for Treats incentive we hope to change the behavior of our children in Sumner County.”
According to the 2018 Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance, Tennessee was ranked as the worst state in the country for childhood obesity.
Parents are encouraged to allow their children to pick out up to 10 of their favorite candies and drop off the rest at any one of the eight candy exchange locations across the county.
The donated candy will be placed in care packages and sent to troops stationed overseas.
Last year, the Treasures for Treats Candy Exchange collected more than 120 pounds of candy in Sumner County.
Treasures for Treats Candy Exchange Locations Nov. 1-5
- Salvus Center: 556 Hartsville Pike # 200 (615-451-0038)
- Sumner County Health Department Clinic: 1005 Union School Road (615-206-1100)
- Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce: 118 West Main Street (615-452-4000)
- Sumner County Health Department Clinic: 351 New Shackle Island Road (615-824-0552)
- Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce: 100 Country Club Drive, Suite 104 (615-824-2818)
- Sumner County Health Department Clinic: 214 West Longview Drive (615-325-5237)
- Portland Chamber of Commerce: 106 Main Street (615-325-9032)
-Hope Family Health Services: 1124 Highway 52 West (615-644-2000)