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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: 7,860
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

Jun 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 Tracey Hennigar
Jun 20, 2017 Mark Berriman
Jun 19, 2017 Susan Schueller
Jun 12, 2017 Léa Le Brizaut
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 7, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
May 30, 2017 Sophie Miranda
May 29, 2017 Samantha Manso
May 28, 2017 John Chambers
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Valerie Sanderson
May 13, 2017 CHRIS GILL
May 7, 2017 P D
May 4, 2017 Amina Jamal
May 4, 2017 Cara Schmidt
May 2, 2017 Jayci Birkey
May 2, 2017 Artur Xavier
May 1, 2017 Amy Gornick
May 1, 2017 Donna J
Apr 27, 2017 JODI ABEL
Apr 27, 2017 Hannah Crone
Apr 19, 2017 michele rule
Apr 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
Apr 15, 2017 Teresa Foster
Apr 15, 2017 Francesca Colombo
Apr 13, 2017 Debbie Lamm
Apr 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2017 Belkacem MADI
Apr 7, 2017 Pamela Cramer
Apr 6, 2017 Lora Hamman
Apr 4, 2017 Melanie Huisman No more candy rewards!
Apr 4, 2017 Darren Mitton
Apr 4, 2017 Elizabeth Koontz
Apr 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 1, 2017 Charlotte Humphries
Apr 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 30, 2017 Sharon Gilman
Mar 29, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 26, 2017 Paulette MacMillan
Mar 24, 2017 jennifer marciano
Mar 22, 2017 Thao Nguyen
Mar 19, 2017 Teresa Tarin
Mar 19, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Mar 18, 2017 Kandi M
Mar 18, 2017 Sara M
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 17, 2017 Joyce Haskins

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