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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: 6,023
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!

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Apr 20, 2015 Helga Lobinger
Apr 20, 2015 Suzanne Green
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Apr 7, 2015 Michelle Smith
Apr 6, 2015 Sarah Wigg
Apr 5, 2015 Christina Collins
Apr 5, 2015 Angel Crouleur
Apr 5, 2015 Jacqueline Pereira
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Mar 24, 2015 Tami Miller
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Mar 19, 2015 Diane McCoy
Mar 16, 2015 Lalipa Nilubol
Mar 16, 2015 dick Longenhard why cant my wife count to 70? Cuz 69's a mouthful
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Mar 10, 2015 Nancy Soke
Mar 10, 2015 Heidi Sundquist
Mar 10, 2015 Cristina Alexandre
Mar 9, 2015 Jennifer Scott
Mar 9, 2015 Ellen Segal
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Mar 8, 2015 William Anderson
Mar 7, 2015 Sara Petrovčič
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