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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: 4,421
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

Jul 22, 2014 Liza Z
Jul 21, 2014 Hilde B
Jul 21, 2014 Julia Golenkowicz
Jul 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2014 Jacqueline Ruckert
Jul 20, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Jul 19, 2014 amy orrick
Jul 19, 2014 Schanzé Tomlinson
Jul 17, 2014 Linda Messer
Jul 17, 2014 Valerie Crosby
Jul 17, 2014 Gail Cartwright
Jul 17, 2014 MICHI VOJTA Ugh, sugary sweets for snack are unnecessary! Crackers can be okay, fruit, ...even in the case of sweets, homemade goods are far better than the preservative- and artificial-color-laced packaged items.
Jul 13, 2014 Claudia Catanescu
Jul 13, 2014 Megan Speight
Jul 13, 2014 Liv Graham
Jul 13, 2014 Rose Hannaford
Jul 13, 2014 j.s. simpson
Jul 13, 2014 LORRAINE LIMA How about fresh fruit instead.
Jul 13, 2014 Dannielle Jaeger
Jul 13, 2014 Leslie Gerber
Jul 13, 2014 Susie Scott Sugar MAY not cause diabetes; didn't mine. But good to AVOID for health (& teeth's) sake.
Jul 13, 2014 theresa hebron
Jul 13, 2014 Antonia Jenifer Kovacs
Jul 13, 2014 Jose Avetikyan
Jul 13, 2014 Alisa Adobajor
Jul 13, 2014 ZAROBA, PAUL (h)
Jul 13, 2014 Evelyn Leo
Jul 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2014 Pamela McWherter
Jul 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2014 Susana Reid
Jul 9, 2014 Pamela DeLitta
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed) I worked in Special Ed for 2 of the local districts and saw, almost daily, kids being given candy for correct answers. It was and is crazy.
Jul 8, 2014 Elizabeth O'Connor
Jul 8, 2014 Kenneth Sanchez
Jul 8, 2014 Jessica Reyes Armenta
Jul 8, 2014 Gina Freitas
Jul 7, 2014 Jeannet de Boer Bertelink you're right!!
Jul 5, 2014 Elizabeth Fatras
Jul 4, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 4, 2014 Elizabeth Stroud
Jul 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2014 Kees van den Brink
Jun 30, 2014 Pooja Thakkar
Jun 29, 2014 Carmen Algarra
Jun 27, 2014 Donna Horton
Jun 27, 2014 Chaya Lander
Jun 24, 2014 Minkie Amoroso This is a no brainer guys. If parents took the time out to talk and play with their child they WOULDN'T HAVE TO BRIBE THEM. NEVER HAD TO BRIBE MY KIDS - I WAS THERE FOR THEM AND WITH THEM.
Jun 24, 2014 laura barberi

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