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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: 6,331
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

May 2, 2016 Claire Bondhus
May 1, 2016 Walter Schultz
Apr 28, 2016 christy woodford diabetes is a growing issue, lets help
Apr 28, 2016 Lynn Hansen
Apr 26, 2016 Sher -Lander
Apr 22, 2016 ernesto meloni
Apr 21, 2016 Garry Lough
Apr 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2016 Mark Turner
Apr 14, 2016 Anna Meacham
Apr 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2016 Diane Kehoe Both my children inherited hypoglycemia and were raised without sweet treats. my oldest daughter asked me, "Why do big people always want to give you a sweet treat when you're good? Both girls are now the healthy mothers of my three grandchildren.
Apr 12, 2016 Alicia Quintero
Apr 12, 2016 Haydee Oquendo
Apr 12, 2016 Deb Lee Dugan
Apr 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2016 Nora Groeneweg
Apr 12, 2016 Gayla Keesee
Apr 12, 2016 Martin and Sharon MicGladdery
Apr 12, 2016 Dave Mattozzi
Apr 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2016 Joana Cipriano
Apr 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2016 c. martinez
Apr 10, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2016 Jody Mahnken
Apr 10, 2016 Lisa Pineiro
Apr 10, 2016 Genesis Merano
Apr 3, 2016 bhavani saravanan
Apr 2, 2016 Ruth Rogers
Apr 1, 2016 Camile Dionne-West
Apr 1, 2016 Kelly Garrett
Mar 27, 2016 Ruby King Healthy eating is mandatory, especially during childhood. Children need to form good eating habits for them to carry on throughout life. Foods are meant to fulfill daily requirements and should not be seen as rewards!
Mar 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2016 M K
Mar 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2016 Margaret Jensen
Mar 20, 2016 Amanda Dickinson
Mar 20, 2016 marcie betterton
Mar 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Mar 9, 2016 Christiane Santos
Mar 7, 2016 Stacy Worley
Mar 7, 2016 jonathon danyluk
Mar 6, 2016 Jose Barrios Vanegas
Mar 6, 2016 (Name not displayed) Aren't your kids worth it America!??! Let's do this. Follow the Canadians' lead.
Mar 6, 2016 Andy Murphy
Mar 6, 2016 Holly Dozois In my day of Teaching, we never used snacks as rewards. What a bad message this sends to kids and puts their health at peril. It must be stopped!!!
Mar 6, 2016 Dana Sklar
Mar 6, 2016 Elsa Silva
Mar 5, 2016 Lorraine Costea

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