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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: 7,160
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 21, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
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Jan 19, 2017 Ellen Ribolla
Jan 18, 2017 Dalma Bugg
Jan 17, 2017 Thao Vu
Jan 14, 2017 christine stenroos
Jan 10, 2017 Sue Jackson
Jan 7, 2017 Manuela Schneider
Jan 6, 2017 Thomas David
Dec 31, 2016 J.I. Castellino
Dec 31, 2016 Manuela Werthwein
Dec 30, 2016 Magdalini M.
Dec 29, 2016 julian zrnic
Dec 29, 2016 Howard Cohen
Dec 29, 2016 Martina Rimbaldo
Dec 28, 2016 Lisa Cook
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Dec 26, 2016 ana trillo
Dec 25, 2016 Judith Swain
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Dec 19, 2016 Robert Martin
Dec 19, 2016 Gina Pantier
Dec 18, 2016 Brianna Onken
Dec 18, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Dec 18, 2016 Sydney Hoppe
Dec 17, 2016 Maria Kalousi
Dec 17, 2016 Sonya Grant
Dec 16, 2016 Rosa Maria Negrete
Dec 16, 2016 Francesca Nicoletti
Dec 16, 2016 Ricardo Lafare
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Dec 16, 2016 Sarah Stevens
Dec 16, 2016 Priscila Partida
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Dec 15, 2016 Amanda Ault
Dec 15, 2016 João Carranço
Dec 15, 2016 Donna Matthews
Dec 15, 2016 Lenka Pinschmidt
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Dec 14, 2016 Olya Almazova
Dec 14, 2016 Pankaj Rawat
Dec 14, 2016 Linda Braxton
Dec 14, 2016 Patricia Vazquez
Dec 14, 2016 Bree Santiglia
Dec 14, 2016 Andrew Serrin
Dec 14, 2016 Ugnacio Pelaez
Dec 14, 2016 Mary Ferraro
Dec 14, 2016 Violet Highley
Dec 14, 2016 Allison Everitt

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