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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: 6,172
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 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
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Sep 27, 2015 Reyna Button
Sep 26, 2015 Tami Miller
Sep 25, 2015 Lee Johnson
Sep 25, 2015 judith wine
Sep 24, 2015 Neville Bruce
Sep 24, 2015 Lauren Moch
Sep 22, 2015 bonr fdogjdf
Sep 20, 2015 Valerie Brown
Sep 20, 2015 Susan Martin
Sep 17, 2015 jerri stoddard
Sep 15, 2015 Shea L. Hales
Sep 14, 2015 Maximilian Rüdiger
Sep 14, 2015 Cheryl Fanson
Sep 9, 2015 Darlene Furrow
Sep 8, 2015 Martha High Kids need to be taught to eat a healthy diet without junk foods that are often given for rewards. They should be given fun rewards instead. Please help stop the unhealthy eating habits every way possible.
Sep 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 8, 2015 Francesca Mabanta I COMPLETELY AGREE!!! At the children's hospital in Manila, they feed sick (leukemic) kids junk food ("We give them what they want because the poor kids are sick") not realizing they are making things worse for them. Thank you for this campaign.
Sep 8, 2015 graciela Kogna
Sep 8, 2015 Debra Kapellakis
Sep 8, 2015 Vickie Herdman
Sep 8, 2015 Diane Caird
Sep 8, 2015 Mary Anne Manner
Sep 8, 2015 Yossi David Of course we all want healthier eating for our kids, so it's important that everyone knows what that means. Stay away from processed foods, especially sugar (in all its forms) and grains (refined or otherwise). Nuts are a great snack.
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Sep 6, 2015 Sharon Nederostek
Sep 5, 2015 leta rosetree
Sep 3, 2015 Melissa Thibodeaux
Aug 31, 2015 Daniele Walker
Aug 31, 2015 Katherine Cleveland
Aug 27, 2015 Linda Anagnostakos
Aug 26, 2015 Wesley Cowan
Aug 26, 2015 Phyllis Dupret
Aug 24, 2015 Sue Ellen Lupien
Aug 21, 2015 Ruth Dyke
Aug 21, 2015 June Whitehead
Aug 21, 2015 Michael Eddie
Aug 21, 2015 Antje Struthmann
Aug 20, 2015 Mary Wheeler
Aug 20, 2015 Andrew Williams
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Aug 15, 2015 Eva Sandhammar
Aug 14, 2015 christine mamula
Aug 13, 2015 Laura Bauer
Aug 13, 2015 Liana Rois
Aug 10, 2015 June Bostock
Aug 10, 2015 David Sickles

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