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

The NFEC makes these activities easy, and all the resources below are provided complimentary.

Steps for Parents

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Trick or Treat Givers

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Steps for Organizations

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Why Substitute Cash for Candy?

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Average Savings of 18- to 34-Year-Olds1
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Average Student Loan Debt (Class of 2016)2
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Proportion of Kids who are Overweight or Obese3
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Percentage of Children who are Nutrient Deficient4
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People who will have $0 in 401k at Retirement Age5
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Children Who are Not Physically Active Every Day6

Why Substitute Cash for Candy?

$0
Average Savings of 18- to 34-Year-Olds1
$0
Average Student Loan Debt (Class of 2016)2
0%
Proportion of Kids who are Overweight or Obese3
0%
Percentage of Children who are Nutrient Deficient4
0%
People who will have $0 in 401k at Retirement Age5
0%
Children Who are Not Physically Active Every Day6

Cash for Candy Toss

After the Cash for Candy campaign, you can participate in a viral campaign – the Cash for Candy Toss. This is where you get to throw away all that junk food.

Send in Your Photos!

The best photo sent in this year will receive $100 cash and a financial education program donation on your behalf.

Click Here to Submit Your Photo

Send in Your Video!

The best video sent in this year will receive $100 cash and a financial education program donation on your behalf.

Click Here to Submit Your Video

Financial Security and Health are Directly Related

The National Financial Educators Council is concerned about the health of our nation’s youth – and their health directly relates to their overall financial well-being. Healthier people, on average:

  • 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.).8
  • Receive More Benefits – Unhealthy people die younger and miss out on social security benefits, pensions, and other investment returns.

References

1 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/.

2 Alicia Adamczyk, “Here’s The Average Net Worth of Millennials,” Money, June 20, 2016, http://time.com/money/4375215/student-debt-millennial-net-worth/.

3 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.

4 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.

5 CBS News, “Teens & Retirement: Grim Forecast” (CBS, December 12, 2007), http://www.cbsnews.com/news/teens-retirement-grim-forecast/.

6 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).

7 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/.

8 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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