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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: 4,679
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

Jan 30, 2015 Joy Branch
Jan 29, 2015 Oscar Landé
Jan 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 25, 2015 Mary Luketich
Jan 22, 2015 Emily Hoff
Jan 19, 2015 Jean Naples
Jan 19, 2015 Kristyne Kuhns I don't have kids yet, but one married, my fiancé and I do plan have kids. I agree; Snacks are ok on occasion, but not constantly! I don't even eat junk snack foods that often, only a few times a week is that.
Jan 19, 2015 Kim Sellon
Jan 19, 2015 Becky Tate Bad eating habits are formed early in life and are the hardest to break
Jan 19, 2015 Jacon Seltzer
Jan 18, 2015 Gabriela Baldaia
Jan 17, 2015 Jan Adler
Jan 15, 2015 raphael balboni
Jan 14, 2015 Gilay Oliveira Souza de Azevedo
Jan 11, 2015 Derrell Forshee
Jan 11, 2015 Julie Ingram I'm all for this!!!
Jan 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 11, 2015 susan bennett
Jan 10, 2015 Josilene Nascimento
Jan 8, 2015 Kathleen Corby
Jan 7, 2015 ankie brunschot
Jan 7, 2015 Joseph Taylor
Jan 6, 2015 Rob Kompeer
Jan 5, 2015 Kaley Frank
Jan 5, 2015 Sharon Domon
Jan 5, 2015 Kimberley Clack
Jan 5, 2015 m amedeo
Jan 5, 2015 Catherine Howe
Jan 5, 2015 Lane Page
Jan 4, 2015 Katherine Myskowski
Jan 1, 2015 Elissa Mericle-Gray
Jan 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) good luck
Dec 27, 2014 Allison Richards
Dec 25, 2014 Gina Freitas
Dec 23, 2014 Lukas Garcia
Dec 23, 2014 Gabriel Garcia
Dec 23, 2014 Gudrun Garcia
Dec 23, 2014 Zachary Garcia
Dec 20, 2014 Jacquie McGee
Dec 20, 2014 Sean Rollett We've got to stop this from happening with our young children.
Dec 19, 2014 Janae Cole
Dec 17, 2014 velma jean
Dec 17, 2014 Carrie Burrell
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 14, 2014 Katia Alves
Dec 12, 2014 Gordon Fellman
Dec 11, 2014 annette florence
Dec 11, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 8, 2014 Nader Haddad God Bless

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