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Program Helps Parents, Candy Givers Lighten Sugar Load


Munson Healthcare and the Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative (NMDI) are partnering for the sixth consecutive year to promote healthier Halloween habits while providing the sweet satisfaction of giving back.    

Trick-or-treaters, parents, and candy givers are encouraged to donate a portion of their stash or leftover candy to their community locations Nov. 1 - 5. The collected candy will be donated to both overseas troops and local veterans. In 2017, over 1150 pounds of candy were collected.

Specific times and locations – including newly added “sweet spots” for 2018 can be found below:
Cadillac Area
Cadillac Area YMCA
9845 Campus Drive
Thurs, Nov. 1 - Fri, Nov. 2
6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 3
8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 4:  Noon - 8 p.m.

Munson Healthcare Cadillac  Hospital
7917 Mackinaw Trail
Thurs, Nov. 1 - Fri, Nov. 2
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Kalkaska Area 
Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Main Registration Desk
Thurs, Nov. 1 - Fri, Nov. 2 and
Mon, Nov. 5
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kingsley Area
K-Town Youth Health Center
112 S. Brownson Ave., Kingsley
Thurs, Nov. 1 and Mon, Nov. 5
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital
Primary Care
1400 E. Parkdale Ave.
Thurs, Nov. 1 - Fri, Nov. 2
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Family Care
1391 E. Parkdale Ave. 
Thurs, Nov. 1 - Fri, Nov. 2
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hospital Registration 
1465 E. Parkdale Ave.
Thurs, Nov. 1 - Fri, Nov. 2
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Traverse City Area
Diabetes Education Office
Munson Professional Building
1221 Sixth St., Suite 210
Traverse City
Thurs, Nov. 1 - Fri, Nov. 2 and Mon, Nov. 5
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Youth Wellness Center 
Career Tech Center Campus
 800 Parsons Rd, Traverse City
Thurs, Nov 1 - Fri, Nov 2 and Mon, Nov 5
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Arnell Administration Building
1101 Red Dr.
Traverse City
Thurs, Nov 1 - Mon, Nov. 5 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NDMI coordinator Amanda Woods emphasized that there is no harm in enjoying Halloween treats within reason.  

“A little bit of candy is okay in moderation,” she said. “What is not good for anyone is when candy is eaten in place of healthier food items such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  Foods that are easily broken down during digestion, such as candy, can cause rapid spikes in blood sugar that can negatively affect your mood and health. Unhealthy foods eaten in excess and over time can lead to other health problems such as obesity and chronic disease.”

A list of healthy candy alternatives is available at

For questions or more information, call 231-935-9255.