Health bosses at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber are urging people to mix healthy alternatives with their Easter eggs this weekend.
Whilst it is traditional to give chocolate eggs there are plenty of healthy alternatives which can be given instead.
The Easter break is also an ideal opportunity to use the time off work or school to get out and about in the sunshine to get some fresh air and exercise.
Director for public health at NHS North of England, Paul Johnstone, said:
“Eating Easter eggs is a great tradition and eating chocolate in moderation is fine.
However, why not experiment with healthy alternatives, for instance, send a fruit basket or give healthy Easter cakes or biscuits as gifts to your family and friends.
“Using the school holidays to get some exercise is also a good way to stay healthy and offset the effects of eating chocolate. You could use the time off work or school to go for a swim, go cycling or walking in the region’s parks.”
Other family Easter activities include:
- Organising an Easter egg hunt is a good way to celebrate the holiday and you could use tasty treats as a prize.
- Why not encourage your children to paint an egg or make a bonnet for Easter.
- Hold an egg and spoon race in the garden.
- Race decorated hard boiled eggs down a hill in the park.
For further information contact:
NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, part of NHS North of England