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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: 4,638
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 17, 2014 velma jean
Dec 17, 2014 Carrie Burrell
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2014 Katia Alves
Dec 12, 2014 Gordon Fellman
Dec 11, 2014 annette florence
Dec 11, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 8, 2014 Nader Haddad God Bless
Dec 7, 2014 Elaina Janeene
Dec 6, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2014 Katia Alves
Dec 3, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2014 Thomas Gale
Dec 2, 2014 Roxane Connor
Dec 2, 2014 Martina Popova
Nov 30, 2014 Jane Gilchrist
Nov 27, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Nov 25, 2014 Lexi Kurkowiak
Nov 24, 2014 Marissa Sequerth
Nov 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) My son has type 1, and all too often has teachers at school and at church who hand out candy all the time as "rewards". He sits and watches the kids eat all this junk knowing what it's doing to their bodies.
Nov 24, 2014 helen bisley
Nov 24, 2014 George Major I think the reward should be more play time or some thing other then candy.or make it sugar free candy.
Nov 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 24, 2014 angelia kirkland
Nov 24, 2014 Rhonda Marcum
Nov 24, 2014 Cindy Lewis Please don't give sugary treats to diabetic kids, it can be life threatening! I know first hand, my son's teacher didn't pay attention and my son spent 3 days in the hospital.
Nov 24, 2014 feneisha hill Please support this important cause. There are many healthy food items or non food items that kids can be rewarded with.
Nov 24, 2014 Billie Wichkan
Nov 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 23, 2014 Gladys Lopez
Nov 23, 2014 Elaine Robinson DON'T GIVE JUNK FOOD AS REWARDS
Nov 18, 2014 Julie Martin
Nov 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2014 stephen calvert
Nov 15, 2014 Marco Aurélio T. Fernandes
Nov 14, 2014 Deborah Bratcher
Nov 14, 2014 June Matheson
Nov 14, 2014 Ilean Rive
Nov 13, 2014 Dina Mattas
Nov 13, 2014 Carla Winger
Nov 13, 2014 Karin Gullhav
Nov 12, 2014 Dawn Bowers
Nov 12, 2014 Judy Custer
Nov 12, 2014 Lisa Butler
Nov 10, 2014 Gaya Covington
Nov 10, 2014 Randee Schwartz-Locke At Halloween, give small items (toys, drawing/coloring items, etc.), a few coins or gift coupons for food as we have for many years.
Nov 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2014 Nichole Gordon

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