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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: 6,213
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

Nov 30, 2015 Marcia Rogers
Nov 28, 2015 frances surratt
Nov 27, 2015 Wilhelmina Edelston
Nov 25, 2015 Lisa Ofstedal
Nov 25, 2015 cris dawson
Nov 24, 2015 gwen p
Nov 23, 2015 Tandy Easler My 7 year old's teacher rewards her students daily with candy. This needs to stop!
Nov 21, 2015 Adriana Bidarra
Nov 21, 2015 Toni Sirois
Nov 20, 2015 Robert Parker
Nov 19, 2015 Becky Waltz
Nov 17, 2015 billy smith
Nov 16, 2015 Kelly Gegg
Nov 16, 2015 Cathy Gould
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 10, 2015 S. C. McCormick
Nov 8, 2015 maria soares
Nov 5, 2015 Laurie Fisher
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Nov 5, 2015 Andrelene Babbitt
Nov 5, 2015 Virginia Olson
Nov 3, 2015 Eileen Sands
Nov 3, 2015 Michelene Parker
Oct 29, 2015 Aneise Gentry
Oct 27, 2015 Elissa Wilson
Oct 25, 2015 Priscilla Smith
Oct 25, 2015 Mary Delgado
Oct 20, 2015 Rosie Albanese
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Oct 20, 2015 Erica Pinto
Oct 20, 2015 Heidi Francis
Oct 17, 2015 michelle GOINS
Oct 17, 2015 Sonya Thurman
Oct 14, 2015 Dewey Jackson
Oct 14, 2015 Paul Zaroba
Oct 12, 2015 donna davis
Oct 12, 2015 Robin Smith
Oct 10, 2015 Alex Wesolowski
Oct 9, 2015 kendra baughn
Oct 8, 2015 Patrik Löfgren
Oct 8, 2015 Erika Acosta
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Sep 27, 2015 Reyna Button
Sep 26, 2015 Tami Miller
Sep 25, 2015 Lee Johnson
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Sep 24, 2015 Neville Bruce
Sep 24, 2015 Lauren Moch
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