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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: 6,269
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

Feb 9, 2016 Linda L.-Schaeffer
Feb 9, 2016 Linda Honadel No more junk for kids.
Feb 9, 2016 Ayan Khan
Feb 1, 2016 Julie Perkins
Feb 1, 2016 Louise Pickett Am diabetic now I ate too much junk food. Better kids eat fresh foods
Feb 1, 2016 Robin Patten
Feb 1, 2016 Evelyn Leo It's sad to see a child so obese that they can barely walk. and to see the parents that raise these children. Lets help them out and teach them different rewards. Let's stop using food as reward!!
Feb 1, 2016 catherine mirabella
Feb 1, 2016 Andrew Ruff
Feb 1, 2016 Tanya Miller
Feb 1, 2016 Rebecca Davis My "kids" are grown & gone, but I still cook 4-5 nights a week.
Feb 1, 2016 Deborah Pence I've been fighting the use of junk foods as a reward in school since 1979!
Feb 1, 2016 Pia Vartabedian
Feb 1, 2016 Stephanie Vorse
Jan 30, 2016 giuliana donadio
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2016 Jan Marek
Jan 29, 2016 Virginia Ilardi
Jan 27, 2016 Maryanne Thompson
Jan 23, 2016 Alexis Azcárate
Jan 21, 2016 Victoria Meliodon
Jan 21, 2016 Lea Valerio
Jan 17, 2016 Robin Woody
Jan 15, 2016 barbara parker
Jan 15, 2016 Judith Miller What you put into your body determines your health lifestyle and will affect your functionality and effectiveness. Pay attention, start and lead with good habits.
Jan 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2016 Jessica Beard
Jan 12, 2016 Sue Feldkamp
Jan 10, 2016 Allison Richards
Jan 9, 2016 Jodi Thomas
Jan 8, 2016 Alicja Bożek
Jan 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 7, 2016 Stephanie Vargo
Jan 6, 2016 Jaina Cabot
Jan 6, 2016 Terri Starbuck
Jan 5, 2016 (Name not displayed) I don't want any of my grandchildren to live a shorter, less healthy life than myself. I believe we need to remove from the equation any snack as a reward. If a snack is given it needs to be a part of a well balanced diet.
Jan 5, 2016 Christy Smith
Jan 3, 2016 Glen Anderson
Jan 2, 2016 Anne Moeller
Jan 1, 2016 Kim Starr
Jan 1, 2016 Wiebke Dumrath
Dec 31, 2015 Chelsea Williams
Dec 31, 2015 Penny Fleischman
Dec 30, 2015 Judy Lamon
Dec 22, 2015 Carolyn Matini
Dec 20, 2015 Natasha Moore
Dec 18, 2015 Susan Tate
Dec 18, 2015 Christopher BARRETT
Dec 12, 2015 M B

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