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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: 4,553
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

Oct 23, 2014 Angelique Brein I myself am a diabetic I pray for every child and adults too that they will not get this disease
Oct 21, 2014 Danielle Reed About time!
Oct 21, 2014 Patrice Kaufman
Oct 21, 2014 Karen Scrivner
Oct 19, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Oct 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2014 Gloria Carlton
Oct 16, 2014 Jeffrey Bains
Oct 15, 2014 William McMorris
Oct 15, 2014 Bev Johnson
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Oct 13, 2014 Evelyn Padiz
Oct 13, 2014 Adrianne Murray
Oct 12, 2014 Gina Cavanaugh
Oct 10, 2014 Darius Schirato
Oct 9, 2014 Sarah Fisher
Oct 9, 2014 Kim Taylor
Oct 9, 2014 Jody Lewis-Zajac
Oct 9, 2014 Ian Firmstone
Oct 8, 2014 Macy Sokolowski
Oct 5, 2014 Joey Stevenson
Oct 4, 2014 donna casas
Oct 3, 2014 Shanna Warren I am diabetic no children but I believe this is wrong. Ways to reward children without candy or sugary treats..
Oct 3, 2014 Brenda Roberts
Oct 3, 2014 G Harden
Sep 30, 2014 Donna Ferrier-Johnson
Sep 27, 2014 sonja biss
Sep 27, 2014 Joanne Barrett
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2014 Greatest Ever
Sep 25, 2014 Robin Grounds
Sep 25, 2014 Eileen King
Sep 23, 2014 Donna Desrosiers
Sep 23, 2014 Catherine Jarvey
Sep 18, 2014 Arkady Vyatchanin
Sep 17, 2014 Jennifer Schutte
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Larizza Loo
Sep 16, 2014 Diane Cornwall
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Sep 15, 2014 Beverly Doty
Sep 12, 2014 Dana Myers
Sep 11, 2014 yolanda harned
Sep 11, 2014 kaitlin kennedy
Sep 10, 2014 Peggy Wharton
Sep 10, 2014 Sherlene Evans
Sep 9, 2014 Deanne Swaringen
Sep 9, 2014 Lois Hemm
Sep 9, 2014 Lynn Stary
Sep 9, 2014 Lori Mccracken

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