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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: 6,063
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

May 26, 2015 Betsy Cox Out with Poptarts!!!!!!!!!
May 24, 2015 Maddy Katz AGREE
May 23, 2015 Casey Roy
May 21, 2015 spencer young
May 21, 2015 Gen Agustsson I am a volunteer dietitian and I need the schools to stop serving junk because it caused us to have acne during puberty
May 21, 2015 Anthony Pfohl
May 21, 2015 Evelyn Leslie
May 21, 2015 Marilyn Mason
May 21, 2015 Barbara Bernabei
May 21, 2015 Jennifer Grace
May 21, 2015 Boris Blagojevic
May 21, 2015 Boris Blagojevic
May 21, 2015 Sherry Franke I just took up this very issue with my son's teacher. I found out that she was handing out M & Ms as a reward for regular classwork and without parents permission. Thank you for stepping this up and making it a legitimate concern for all!
May 21, 2015 Trina Harding
May 21, 2015 Dave Mattozzi
May 19, 2015 KEY KLAUS
May 19, 2015 Caroline de Ville de Goyet
May 19, 2015 Toni Soderholm
May 15, 2015 Niina Turunen
May 14, 2015 Debra Zamudio
May 13, 2015 Janice Sprow
May 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2015 Lani Porter
May 11, 2015 Kit Dee
May 11, 2015 mycha harris
May 11, 2015 shannon webb
May 8, 2015 Danielle Schultz
May 6, 2015 Allan Kaopua
May 6, 2015 Dane Gustafson
May 5, 2015 Brenda Gubrynowicz
Apr 29, 2015 Suzanne Byron I have struggled with this in my own child's classroom as well as on her bus ride to and from school! I wish others could understand how dangerous low blood sugar (induced by eating sugary substances on an empty stomach) can be. :(
Apr 29, 2015 Alan Simon
Apr 29, 2015 Maridell Price
Apr 29, 2015 Kim Taylor
Apr 29, 2015 Judy McKinney
Apr 28, 2015 Brittany Paral
Apr 28, 2015 James Sullivan
Apr 28, 2015 Angelic Rubalcava
Apr 28, 2015 Lloydie Bruno
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 Helga Lobinger
Apr 20, 2015 Suzanne Green
Apr 16, 2015 Nadia Mousa
Apr 9, 2015 yvonne garcia rice
Apr 9, 2015 Christina Rodriguez
Apr 7, 2015 Michelle Smith
Apr 6, 2015 Sarah Wigg
Apr 5, 2015 Christina Collins
Apr 5, 2015 Angel Crouleur

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