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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: 4,481
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 1, 2014 Chelsea Rivera
Sep 1, 2014 Dianne Parker I work in our school district, so I will follow this pledge and support others in doing so!
Aug 31, 2014 Frieda Robinson
Aug 30, 2014 Sandra Bowerman
Aug 30, 2014 Valkyrie Weathers
Aug 29, 2014 Phyllis Houle
Aug 29, 2014 Gonzalo Carpio
Aug 29, 2014 Lorna Davies
Aug 28, 2014 Carol Stevens
Aug 27, 2014 Patricia Layden
Aug 26, 2014 Julie Wolfe We need to support a healthy society!
Aug 26, 2014 Alejandro Sanchez
Aug 22, 2014 chris mccormick Though we should make wise choices concerning eating more vegetables etc. and exercising frequently I deplore the "big brother" intimidation of anyone even if it's for their own good. Freedom to make foolish as well as wise choices is part of life.
Aug 22, 2014 Suzdariffe David
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2014 Patricia Guthrie
Aug 22, 2014 John Davis
Aug 22, 2014 Judy Jacobs Candy and junk food is not constantly available, and if kids will only demonstrate desired behavior for a treat, we are not instilling a love of learning, but a love of junk food. Praise is free, doesn't make kids fat or rot their teeth.
Aug 22, 2014 danielle gaudet
Aug 22, 2014 Anne Kugler
Aug 22, 2014 Salome Waters I'm am often horrified at the amount of candy my grandchildren eat!
Aug 22, 2014 EDITH LOBROT
Aug 21, 2014 Virginia Culbert
Aug 16, 2014 maria manuela lopes
Aug 15, 2014 Brian Walton I wish this plan had been implemented about 20 years ago, so that I could have benefited from it personally. Please do whatever you can to make a healthier future a reality today!
Aug 15, 2014 Ellen Segal
Aug 15, 2014 Matt Johnson Keep the bad stuff out.
Aug 15, 2014 Ann Dunlap
Aug 15, 2014 Frostianne Sewell
Aug 15, 2014 Delia Ybarra
Aug 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2014 Alan Haas
Aug 15, 2014 debbie mason
Aug 15, 2014 Jayne Huvar
Aug 15, 2014 terri richmond
Aug 15, 2014 Antoinette Soderholm
Aug 14, 2014 robin karlsson
Aug 13, 2014 mieke wilms
Aug 10, 2014 Diana Zaviera
Aug 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 9, 2014 Axa Tolonen
Aug 8, 2014 hanna kühne
Aug 8, 2014 Crystal McCracken
Aug 7, 2014 Jeanne Moonier
Aug 7, 2014 Marjatta Hartzell Oforji
Aug 7, 2014 Kaley Bill
Aug 7, 2014 Penelopa Tufis I pledge to an appropriate education for a healthy life of all children
Aug 5, 2014 Tonya Howard
Aug 3, 2014 Brian Reynolds

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