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News Release

October 21, 2011      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

6th Annual Great Halloween Candy Exchange
Children can learn about good health and support US troops serving overseas


Poughkeepsie… Attention Halloween Trick or Treaters!  Share some of your Halloween candy with United Stated Armed Forces troops serving as part the Great Halloween Candy Exchange and be rewarded with fun prizes of fitness and literacy!

Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the Dutchess County Department of Health will once again partner with All Sport Health and Fitness, Children's Medical Group, Learning Insights and Literacy Connections for the 6th Annual Great Halloween Candy Exchange Program on Tuesday, November 1st from 2:30pm to 6:30pm at various locations throughout the county.

The program is simple. Children can donate a pound of Halloween trick-or-treat candy to be shipped to U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.  For every pound of candy donated at one of the designated drop-off sites, children will receive a free, age-appropriate new book, a fun pass to East Fishkill Golf Center or Fun Central for mini-golf or a fun pass to Hyde Park Roller Magic, McCann Ice Arena, or All Sport Health and Fitness. 

The goal of the Great Halloween Candy Exchange program is to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity and help children develop a love for reading and physical activity.  

"Our Great Halloween Candy Exchange Program has been a tremendous success for several years now, promoting good health for children and demonstrating support for our troops serving overseas," said County Executive Steinhaus. "It is a great way for families to reinforce the values of sharing, literacy, and the importance of physical activity to prevent childhood obesity."

In 2010, more than 1,500 pounds of candy were collected and shipped to troops serving overseas. Children are also encouraged to include a friendly letter with their candy donations.   Both the candy and the letters are welcome reminders of home for soldiers and let them know how much they are appreciated.  

Candy can be dropped off from 2:30pm to 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 1st at the following locations:

  • Children’s Medical Group
    104 Fulton Ave., Poughkeepsie

  • Children’s Medical Group
    4252 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park

  • All Sport Health and Fitness
    17 Old Main St., Fishkill

Joseph F. Heavy, FACHE Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Medical Group stated, "The Children’s Medical Group is once again pleased to participate in this candy exchange.  It’s such a great way to have families participate in healthy activities such as reading with their children and fun physical alternatives to TV and video games."

The Shipping Place in Hyde Park is generously packaging and shipping the candy. Other sponsors include All Access Dental, Splashdown Beach and all of the facilities that donated fun activity passes.

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