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Students across the U.S. will be eating healthier beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The government has created "The Smart Snacks In School" Nutrition Standard that will offer healthier snack foods for kids, while also limiting junk food served. Officials are hoping to make a dent in childhood obesity in a nation where one-third of kids who are under the age of 18 are considered overweight or obese. This will be the first nutritional overhaul of school snacks in more than 30 years.
Goal: 10,000 Progress: 4,457
Sponsored by: The Diabetes Site

It's an all-too-familiar scenario in classrooms or at home: an unhealthy treat is used to get kids to stay on their best behavior or to entice them to strive for the best. With a rising number of children being overweight and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it's no surprise these numbers are so daunting.

Sugar-packed candy and junk food loaded with salt offer cheap, easy, and effective rewards, but create bad eating habits at the most vulnerable stage of a child's growth. The availability of unhealthy foods is also linked to negative psychological effects on children who are obese or have weight issues—many make the connection that food means love or acceptance.

Sign the pledge for a healthier future.

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We should not support this trend of junk food rewards and must call attention to more health conscious social rewards. In doing so, we will be able to promote and instill healthy habits in our kids today. Making a change starts at home and in the classroom. Make a pledge to your family to live a healthier life and become a great example to your kids.

I pledge to...

  1. Make a healthy, home-cooked meal that I will eat with my family once or more a week
  2. Find time to do an outdoor or physical activity to promote the importance of exercise with my kids
  3. Make sure my children will have a packed lunch focusing on all important food groups
  4. Talk to my teacher about using alternate rewards, like stickers or fun activity time for good behavior or accomplishments
  5. Trade in candy rewards for trophies, plaques, ribbons, or certificates recognizing their achievements

Let's stop the promotion of unhealthy eating habits leading to a diabetes diagnosis in our kids!

Petition Signatures

Aug 16, 2014 maria manuela lopes
Aug 15, 2014 Brian Walton I wish this plan had been implemented about 20 years ago, so that I could have benefited from it personally. Please do whatever you can to make a healthier future a reality today!
Aug 15, 2014 Ellen Segal
Aug 15, 2014 Matt Johnson Keep the bad stuff out.
Aug 15, 2014 Ann Dunlap
Aug 15, 2014 Frostianne Sewell
Aug 15, 2014 Delia Ybarra
Aug 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2014 Alan Haas
Aug 15, 2014 debbie mason
Aug 15, 2014 Jayne Huvar
Aug 15, 2014 terri richmond
Aug 15, 2014 Antoinette Soderholm
Aug 14, 2014 robin karlsson
Aug 13, 2014 mieke wilms
Aug 10, 2014 Diana Zaviera
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Aug 9, 2014 Axa Tolonen
Aug 8, 2014 hanna kühne
Aug 8, 2014 Crystal McCracken
Aug 7, 2014 Jeanne Moonier
Aug 7, 2014 Marjatta Hartzell Oforji
Aug 7, 2014 Kaley Bill
Aug 7, 2014 Penelopa Tufis I pledge to an appropriate education for a healthy life of all children
Aug 5, 2014 Tonya Howard
Aug 3, 2014 Brian Reynolds
Aug 1, 2014 Trina Monarchi We are what we eat, so eat healthy to be healthy !
Jul 31, 2014 KC Coyne
Jul 31, 2014 Michellina Innes
Jul 30, 2014 Aylin Altinok
Jul 30, 2014 Sandra Boylston
Jul 30, 2014 Mark Aziz
Jul 29, 2014 Beverly Dresden
Jul 29, 2014 H Steinberg
Jul 27, 2014 dana forbes
Jul 27, 2014 Carol Barham
Jul 22, 2014 Liza Z
Jul 21, 2014 Hilde B
Jul 21, 2014 Julia Golenkowicz
Jul 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2014 Jacqueline Ruckert
Jul 20, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Jul 19, 2014 amy orrick
Jul 19, 2014 Schanzé Tomlinson
Jul 17, 2014 Linda Messer
Jul 17, 2014 Valerie Crosby
Jul 17, 2014 Gail Cartwright
Jul 17, 2014 MICHI VOJTA Ugh, sugary sweets for snack are unnecessary! Crackers can be okay, fruit, ...even in the case of sweets, homemade goods are far better than the preservative- and artificial-color-laced packaged items.
Jul 13, 2014 Claudia Catanescu
Jul 13, 2014 Megan Speight

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