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Cash For Candy

We All Want Our Nation’s Children to be Happy & Secure
– and Halloween Provides a Unique Opportunity to Help Kids Attain this Goal

The NFEC encourages you to contribute to children’s physical and financial wellbeing by substituting ‘cash for candy’ this Halloween.
The NFEC’s Cash for Candy campaign provides a fun solution that highlights your contribution to the community. The NFEC encourages you to contribute to the physical and financial wellbeing of our children by substituting ‘cash for candy’ or hosting a candy buy-back event this Halloween.

Complimentary Cash for Candy Resources


Leverage Halloween as a Teachable Moment: There are 3 Ways You Can Participate in the Cash for Candy Campaign

Parents
Parents buy back candy from their children.

Treat Givers
Hand out cash instead of candy.

Companies
Repurchase candy from kids.
The NFEC makes these activities easy, and all the resources below are provided complimentary.

Why Substitute Cash for Candy?
$0 Average Savings of 18- to 34-Year-Olds

$37,172 Average Student Loan Debt (Class of 2016)

33% Proportion of Kids who are Overweight or Obese

84% Percentage of Children who are Nutrient Deficient

33% People who will have $0 in 401k at Retirement Age

77% Children Who are Not Physically Active Every Day

Financial Security and Health are Directly Related

Why Substitute Cash for Candy?
$0 Average Savings of 18- to 34-Year-Olds

$37,172 Average Student Loan Debt (Class of 2016)

33% Proportion of Kids who are Overweight or Obese

84% Percentage of Children who are Nutrient Deficient

33% People who will have $0 in 401k at Retirement Age

77% Children Who are Not Physically Active Every Day

Financial Security and Health are Directly Related

Enjoy Lower Expenses – Although food costs associated with a healthy diet are higher, the overall reduction of medical and long-term costs far outweigh the additional investment.
Earn a Higher Income – Healthy people are more productive (take fewer sick days, have improved focus, etc.).
Receive More Benefits – Unhealthy people die younger and miss out on social security benefits, pensions, and other investment returns.

References
 Ben Schwartz and Sarah Ayres Steinberg, “Why Millennials Aren’t Saving for Retirement—and What We Can Do to Change That,” Center for American Progress, July 31, 2014, https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/news/2014/07/31/94933/why-millennials-arent-saving-for-retirement-and-what-we-can-do-to-change-that/.
 Alicia Adamczyk, “Here’s The Average Net Worth of Millennials,” Money, June 20, 2016, http://time.com/money/4375215/student-debt-millennial-net-worth/.
 American Heart Association, “Overweight in Children” (American Heart Association, 2014), http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyKids/ChildhoodObesity/Overweight-in-Children_UCM_304054_Article.jsp#.V_0bksmlwxh.
 Environmental Working Group, “How Much Is Too Much? Excess Vitamins and Minerals in Food Can Harm Kids’ Health” (EWG, June 19, 2014), http://www.ewg.org/research/how-much-is-too-much/appendix-b-vitamin-and-mineral-deficiencies-us.
 CBS News, “Teens & Retirement: Grim Forecast” (CBS, December 12, 2007), http://www.cbsnews.com/news/teens-retirement-grim-forecast/.
 National Association for Sport and Physical Education, “The Fitness Equation: Physical Activity + Balanced Diet = Fit Kids” (Reston, VA: National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 1999).
 Samira Kawash, “How Candy and Halloween Became Best Friends,” The Atlantic, October 21, 2010, http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2010/10/how-candy-and-halloween-became-best-friends/64895/.
 Lacie Glover, “6 Surprising Reasons Eating Right Pays Off,” Money, August 10, 2014, http://time.com/money/3093072/healthy-eating-financial-benefits-health-costs/.

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