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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: 8,035
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

May 16, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 16, 2018 Elizabeth Weiner
May 10, 2018 Marian Petrovich
May 2, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 2, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Apr 25, 2018 Joanne Ferguson
Apr 20, 2018 Brecken Laliberte
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2018 Robert New
Apr 16, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Apr 12, 2018 Fatima Raza
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 6, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Apr 4, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Mar 25, 2018 Lesley Adamson
Mar 22, 2018 Richard Rheder
Mar 22, 2018 Kathy Jones
Mar 16, 2018 Candice C
Mar 16, 2018 Helen Smylie
Mar 11, 2018 Brenda Choi
Mar 8, 2018 Marilyn Williams Give hugs instead.
Mar 7, 2018 Lucia Lazar
Feb 28, 2018 Susan Eikenbary
Feb 26, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 18, 2018 Susan Closson
Feb 18, 2018 Lyssa Twomey
Feb 18, 2018 Sherryl Evans
Feb 18, 2018 Jana Fuentes Diets for everyone seem to include more sugar, salt, and just 'junk' and children who learn bad eating habits find it difficult if not impossible to change. We need to turn it around. Change things back to where they used to be.
Feb 18, 2018 Stephen Wilde
Feb 18, 2018 Nicole Fulton
Feb 18, 2018 Al Mooehouae
Feb 18, 2018 Nancy Irvine
Feb 18, 2018 ccc xxx
Feb 18, 2018 Debbie King
Feb 18, 2018 Cedrick Brown
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
Feb 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
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

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