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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: 6,143
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 3, 2015 Melissa Thibodeaux
Aug 31, 2015 Daniele Walker
Aug 31, 2015 Katherine Cleveland
Aug 27, 2015 Linda Anagnostakos
Aug 26, 2015 Wesley Cowan
Aug 26, 2015 Phyllis Dupret
Aug 24, 2015 Sue Ellen Lupien
Aug 21, 2015 Ruth Dyke
Aug 21, 2015 June Whitehead
Aug 21, 2015 Michael Eddie
Aug 21, 2015 Antje Struthmann
Aug 20, 2015 Mary Wheeler
Aug 20, 2015 Andrew Williams
Aug 17, 2015 a stu
Aug 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2015 Eva Sandhammar
Aug 14, 2015 christine mamula
Aug 13, 2015 Laura Bauer
Aug 13, 2015 Liana Rois
Aug 10, 2015 June Bostock
Aug 10, 2015 David Sickles
Aug 7, 2015 lauren hamrick
Aug 6, 2015 Naomi Dreyer
Aug 5, 2015 Olga Madzarevic
Aug 5, 2015 Angela Watson
Aug 5, 2015 Helen Folkes
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 Abdullah ibn Musa Islam
Jul 31, 2015 Barbra Clark
Jul 31, 2015 nancy lowe
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 christine seward
Jul 31, 2015 kim wilbur
Jul 30, 2015 Mirosław Sulima
Jul 30, 2015 laura krause
Jul 29, 2015 Millicent Volentine
Jul 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2015 maryanne servizio
Jul 25, 2015 Yasiu Kruszynski
Jul 25, 2015 Cynthia Cabell
Jul 25, 2015 Karen Burke
Jul 25, 2015 Sean O'Keeffe
Jul 25, 2015 Juliana Salvetti
Jul 25, 2015 Lisa H
Jul 25, 2015 Dawn Hammett
Jul 25, 2015 Derek Wilcox
Jul 22, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Jul 18, 2015 Deborah Lingenfelter Eating healthy is very important to mental health. My family (with ASD) is chaotic after we had a day of junk food. We learned that the better we ate, the better the meltdowns were.
Jul 17, 2015 Christina Michael
Jul 16, 2015 Rianna Crawford

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