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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: 6,406
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

Sep 22, 2016 Charmaine MacDonald
Sep 21, 2016 Kae De Ville
Sep 18, 2016 Rachel Hardy Awesome.
Sep 17, 2016 sarah makins
Sep 16, 2016 cindy stein
Sep 15, 2016 Lauren Clayton
Sep 15, 2016 Pamela Justice
Sep 15, 2016 Gloriana Roig
Sep 15, 2016 Roberta Smith
Sep 14, 2016 Leslie Poms
Sep 14, 2016 Adam Fransella
Sep 13, 2016 Kim Holec
Sep 13, 2016 Karen D. Felts
Sep 9, 2016 Marilyn Martin
Sep 7, 2016 Angelika Kempter
Sep 7, 2016 Emily Berlin
Sep 6, 2016 wendy Brown
Sep 4, 2016 Roxanne Pranger
Sep 3, 2016 melanie dammann I completely agree. Please don't feed my kids garbage. I'd much rather deal with stickers being stuck on things and little trinkets tossed around in the car or house than know they are eating junk!
Sep 2, 2016 Nina Domergue
Sep 1, 2016 Dat Tran
Sep 1, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Aug 28, 2016 Raleigh koritz
Aug 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2016 Anne-Britt Ose Kaltun
Aug 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) no kids but really want to stress what you are saying TY & not just kids & Adults as well candy, etc... everywhere our country is sugar obsessed. Remember parents if you are leading a healthy life with your kids you will be a great example to them.
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Aug 14, 2016 Sarah Taylor
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Aug 9, 2016 Diane Arnal
Aug 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2016 Carla Torti
Jul 27, 2016 Julie Craig
Jul 27, 2016 Regina Huch
Jul 24, 2016 Bettye Short
Jul 20, 2016 Isabela Calin
Jul 19, 2016 Elizabeth Aguirre
Jul 18, 2016 Rosa Pereira
Jul 17, 2016 casey muhs
Jul 16, 2016 Shirley Reischman
Jul 12, 2016 Marga Childs
Jul 8, 2016 shelby givens
Jul 5, 2016 Deanka Grisham
Jul 4, 2016 Paola Moretti
Jun 30, 2016 Jessica bailey
Jun 30, 2016 Amy Whitfield
Jun 29, 2016 laurence haubtmann
Jun 29, 2016 Lisa Coleman

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