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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: 7,997
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

Feb 17, 2018 Rosemary Rannes
Feb 17, 2018 Alysa Waring
Feb 15, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Feb 8, 2018 Emily Jelassi
Feb 4, 2018 Sandra Richards
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Jan 27, 2018 Linda Jones
Jan 22, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Jan 21, 2018 David Micu
Jan 20, 2018 Kevin Dahl
Jan 15, 2018 christine burgess
Jan 11, 2018 tony pallini
Jan 6, 2018 Carolyn Balls
Jan 5, 2018 Heidi Wollum
Jan 5, 2018 Cindy Ray
Jan 5, 2018 Beverly Folkes
Dec 30, 2017 Richard Han
Dec 22, 2017 Christian Müller
Dec 19, 2017 Joan Autry Why do we reward children with bad health?!
Dec 15, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Dec 13, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher
Dec 13, 2017 Kristi Hendrickson
Dec 2, 2017 Patricia Karbs
Dec 2, 2017 mihaela gongescu
Dec 2, 2017 robin karlsson
Nov 21, 2017 Stacey Govito
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Nov 17, 2017 Gabrielle Hunter
Nov 11, 2017 Jodi Ford
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Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
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Oct 20, 2017 Terri Lynch
Oct 16, 2017 Sandra Tucker
Oct 13, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Oct 5, 2017 Melissa Bird
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Sep 24, 2017 Traci Ball
Sep 21, 2017 Tedford Rose

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