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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: 6,999
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 21, 2016 Melissa f
Oct 21, 2016 Steven Bal
Oct 21, 2016 David Zaccagnino The future of America is totally based on the future of our youth (both mental and physical health). We should "invest" in increasing/improving the mental and physical health of 100% of America's youth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 21, 2016 Vitor Costa
Oct 21, 2016 Alicia Orr
Oct 21, 2016 María Galarce
Oct 21, 2016 Janeah Thomas
Oct 21, 2016 Amy Pfaffman
Oct 21, 2016 Patricia O'Donoghue
Oct 21, 2016 Patrizia Cordoni
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Oct 21, 2016 Aaron Senegal
Oct 21, 2016 Carla Dongo
Oct 21, 2016 Doug Johnston
Oct 21, 2016 carly cowart
Oct 21, 2016 Gabriela Cardenas
Oct 21, 2016 steve lyons
Oct 21, 2016 Carol Joyce
Oct 21, 2016 Juliana Pinho
Oct 21, 2016 Russell Esposito
Oct 21, 2016 Rahile Mehdiyeva
Oct 21, 2016 Zoé Michaud-Desgagné
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Oct 21, 2016 Rita Schwarz
Oct 21, 2016 Michiel Van den Bussche
Oct 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2016 Jacquelyn Chung
Oct 20, 2016 Lynette yong
Oct 20, 2016 kristi thorpe
Oct 20, 2016 Voji Dvorak This is an easy pledge to make! Doesn't every parent wants to give their kids the edge of good health?
Oct 20, 2016 Carolyn Walker
Oct 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2016 (Name not displayed) With iPads now, I'm sure many children would prefer time!
Oct 20, 2016 debra olguin
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Oct 20, 2016 Harriet Shalat
Oct 20, 2016 Shelley DuBois-Davis
Oct 20, 2016 Allison D
Oct 20, 2016 Gail Serra
Oct 20, 2016 Hannah Perkins
Oct 20, 2016 J.T. Smith
Oct 20, 2016 Ekaterina Abolmazova
Oct 20, 2016 Paula Lewis
Oct 20, 2016 Terri Blahut
Oct 20, 2016 Christy Tallman
Oct 20, 2016 Nadejda Sarafidova
Oct 20, 2016 John Peeters
Oct 20, 2016 kate nyne
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Oct 20, 2016 Michael D. Nesel

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