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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: 5,972
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

Mar 4, 2015 Cathy Beckstead
Mar 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2015 Carol Melvin
Mar 3, 2015 Claire Armendinger
Mar 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 3, 2015 Olga Titova
Mar 3, 2015 nathalie cikin
Mar 3, 2015 Edgar Roberts
Mar 2, 2015 sonya roten
Mar 1, 2015 Terri Lanius
Mar 1, 2015 Valerio Vacca
Feb 28, 2015 Jennifer Janeczko
Feb 28, 2015 Joanne Wisden
Feb 27, 2015 Liliána Tóth
Feb 27, 2015 Lita Ebrahimi
Feb 27, 2015 Camille Woolfolk
Feb 27, 2015 Evgenia Vyatchanin
Feb 26, 2015 Kristine Cormier
Feb 26, 2015 C de Leon
Feb 25, 2015 Tom Piltoff
Feb 25, 2015 Ashley Mead
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) Junk food including French fries should not be offered to kids in school. There are plenty of healthy alternatives.
Feb 25, 2015 Laura García
Feb 25, 2015 H.David Frotscher Good and much better approach to rewarding KIDS
Feb 25, 2015 tia pearson
Feb 24, 2015 Katherine Gilbert
Feb 24, 2015 Kuhn Virginie
Feb 24, 2015 Lori Visioli
Feb 24, 2015 Francesco Giungato
Feb 23, 2015 Louisa-Jill Fowler
Feb 23, 2015 Veronica Rehne
Feb 23, 2015 maria sousa
Feb 23, 2015 Lorryn Young
Feb 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2015 M gledhill
Feb 22, 2015 Cristine Barsanti
Feb 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 22, 2015 Renee Calpin
Feb 22, 2015 Amie Bingle
Feb 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2015 Kathleen Serrano
Feb 21, 2015 Teresa B
Feb 21, 2015 Shadoe Drury
Feb 21, 2015 Debbie Buckowski
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 21, 2015 Janice Bergeron
Feb 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2015 Lydia Rodrigues
Feb 20, 2015 Janet Pickering

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