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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: 8,171
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


Aug 16, 2018 Rachel Gaspard
Aug 16, 2018 Paul Statman
Aug 11, 2018 Ana Krznarić
Aug 9, 2018 stacey condliffe
Aug 8, 2018 Amber Williams
Aug 7, 2018 Rachel Brennan
Aug 7, 2018 marita hanse
Aug 6, 2018 Jenny Kirk
Aug 6, 2018 Zoe Spiropoulou
Aug 6, 2018 jovita diaz
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 4, 2018 Kathryn Robinson
Aug 4, 2018 Laure Leclerc
Aug 4, 2018 Anne Peiffer
Aug 4, 2018 Howard Olanier
Aug 4, 2018 Howard Olanier
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2018 Christine Wood
Aug 3, 2018 Barbara Singer
Aug 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Aug 3, 2018 Murry Caetano
Aug 3, 2018 Dixie Belcher
Aug 3, 2018 Grace Mer
Aug 3, 2018 pamela mello
Aug 3, 2018 Caterina Santi
Aug 3, 2018 Natalie Gray
Aug 3, 2018 Teresa Allen
Aug 3, 2018 Sonja Van Hoof As a kid, I craved for sweets. But boy, am I glad now that my parents didn't give in to it and raised us in a healthy way, with at least 2 pcs of fruit every day and most of the time fresh vegetables. I have a very good health and wish it for everyone!!!
Aug 3, 2018 Karen Westberg
Aug 3, 2018 David Wilson
Aug 3, 2018 Dana Webb
Aug 3, 2018 Flora Pino García
Aug 3, 2018 Brenda Thul
Aug 3, 2018 Jo Ann Arriola
Aug 3, 2018 carol maindonald
Aug 3, 2018 Diana Ekholm
Aug 3, 2018 Ann Conney
Aug 3, 2018 Kathleen Williams
Aug 3, 2018 julie huynh
Aug 3, 2018 Alex Betser
Aug 3, 2018 Karen Wallaert You have hundreds of thousands of teachers to convince! They mostly ALL do it, thinking it’s okay in this country! I hate that they do. Please find a way to educate THEM! And NO more parents getting to bring cupcakes to school last part of the day
Aug 3, 2018 Jennifer Brandon
Aug 3, 2018 Lauren Armstrong
Aug 3, 2018 Lee Fister
Aug 3, 2018 Janet Sparger
Jul 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2018 MaryEdna Salvi

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