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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: 4,250
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

Apr 19, 2014 Cheryl Robison
Apr 18, 2014 hanna poulsen
Apr 18, 2014 Charisse Wise
Apr 18, 2014 Vicki Hambrick
Apr 16, 2014 Shameira Johnson
Apr 16, 2014 Terry Smith
Apr 14, 2014 Doris Volmar
Apr 10, 2014 Brian Gottejman
Apr 9, 2014 Channing Smith
Apr 8, 2014 Janice Thompson
Apr 8, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 8, 2014 Adrienne Kohut
Apr 7, 2014 Pam Salazar
Apr 4, 2014 Maria Rivera
Apr 4, 2014 Dawn Cumings
Apr 4, 2014 Kate Bradly
Apr 4, 2014 Graeme Collie
Apr 4, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 3, 2014 Wanda Bunn
Apr 3, 2014 Michael Wilson
Apr 3, 2014 E. Michael Wilson
Apr 3, 2014 Mike Wilson
Apr 3, 2014 Alina Bertol
Apr 3, 2014 Linda Ridden
Apr 2, 2014 Stephanie Abbott
Apr 2, 2014 Aysala Littlefield-Widder
Apr 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 1, 2014 Gloria Howard
Apr 1, 2014 mercy myers
Mar 31, 2014 B. K.
Mar 30, 2014 Stephen Baranowski
Mar 30, 2014 Carol Page
Mar 30, 2014 Tina Stalter
Mar 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2014 Deborah Barringer
Mar 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2014 Joanna Gorniak
Mar 27, 2014 Joselson, Rachel A
Mar 27, 2014 Elga konietzny
Mar 27, 2014 Bob Brucker
Mar 26, 2014 Tammy Nogles
Mar 26, 2014 Sharon Miller
Mar 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2014 Marina Korostyleva
Mar 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) None of our children should associate rewards with food. Obesity becomes a problem with or without diabetes. A hard habit to break.
Mar 21, 2014 Monica Rodica Vancea
Mar 21, 2014 Melora Jackson

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