Another Sweet Season for Giving



We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated their leftover (and excess) Halloween candy this year, you outdid yourselves!! We tipped the scales at just under 250 pounds of candy!

So what happened to ALL that candy? Well, we are happy to report that we were able to donate the candy to NCPacks4Patriots. The candy, along with other items such as holiday decorations, games, food, toiletries, and more will be distributed to our deserving service men and women, both local and deployed.


SAS is a Hero

Keith Stallings, SAS Technical Writer, happily picked up 12 boxes of candy...yes, 12! deliver to NCPacks4Patriots.

Once again, the SAS family has displayed a kindness that is very appropriate for the holiday season.  Thank you for putting your candy to a good cause! Treats for Trade was yet again a huge success!!

Countdown to the Holidays with Books, Not Candy!

Now that you've gotten rid of all your excess Halloween candy, why fill your house with more candy and chocolate?  Most children don't need a daily piece of chocolate to remind them that the holidays are approaching. This year, try a new tradition with your family that doesn't include sweets:Try a new holiday tradition that doesn't include sweets. Countdown with fun books instead! #saslife Click To Tweet

  • Wrap a collection of your favorite holiday books (12, 24, or however many days you'd like).
  • Unwrap one book each night to read before bedtime as a family.


Your kids will still experience the anticipation and joy of counting down to the holidays, just without opening a small numbered door with a piece of chocolate behind it.  And the memories you'll make with this tradition will be sure to last a lifetime!

How does your family countdown to the holidays?


About Author

Ashley Bailey, MS, RDN, LDN, IFNCP


Ashley is a Nutritionist at SAS Institute in Cary, NC. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner, Certified Biofeedback Instructor and also has a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys crafting, cooking, walking and spending as much time as possible at the beach. Follow @abaileyRD on Twitter.

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