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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: 7,096
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

Dec 10, 2016 Libby+Esther berman
Dec 10, 2016 Melinda Williamson
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Dec 4, 2016 Judith Knouff
Nov 30, 2016 Karla Lagos
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Nov 10, 2016 Michele Allen
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Nov 10, 2016 Julia Shmeleva
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Nov 6, 2016 Sunny Ryu
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Oct 30, 2016 Norman Bonin
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