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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: 7,896
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

Jul 23, 2017 Miranda Honey
Jul 21, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 21, 2017 Helena Miller The number of people who have these unhealthy habits and have diabetes is off the walls crazy. All efforts must end these junk foods.
Jul 14, 2017 Carol Painter
Jul 11, 2017 Rebecca Carr WE should not support junk food rewards for our children and we should encourage more health-conscious rewards.
Jul 6, 2017 Emma Spurgin Hussey
Jul 5, 2017 Melisa Yusufova
Jul 3, 2017 Barbara Skinner
Jul 2, 2017 Melissa Pacheco
Jun 30, 2017 tj bolduc
Jun 30, 2017 casey phillips
Jun 30, 2017 Stephanie Branom
Jun 30, 2017 Francis Lee
Jun 30, 2017 Artem Vyzhenko
Jun 30, 2017 Alicia .L. Denofrio
Jun 30, 2017 Victoria Bill Barry Katz, I am just curious, what is your source for your statement that "candy is a child's intro to drugs" because that's a new one for me??
Jun 30, 2017 Stela Lazarova
Jun 29, 2017 Claire Loridan
Jun 29, 2017 Stan Janczuk
Jun 29, 2017 Reevyn Aronson
Jun 29, 2017 Sara Bakker
Jun 29, 2017 sarah stevens
Jun 29, 2017 Stan Janzick
Jun 29, 2017 steven rule
Jun 29, 2017 Barry Katz Candy is a child's intro to drugs
Jun 29, 2017 Teresa KOHL
Jun 29, 2017 Janet Peterson
Jun 29, 2017 Kyriaki P
Jun 29, 2017 Deanna Bryce
Jun 29, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Jun 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2017 Debra Wills
Jun 29, 2017 Libby Esther Berman
Jun 29, 2017 Lori Visioli
Jun 29, 2017 Carol Kite You will always be sorry you started it.
Jun 29, 2017 Rungruedee Nualchawee
Jun 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2017 Tracey Hennigar
Jun 20, 2017 Mark Berriman
Jun 19, 2017 Susan Schueller
Jun 12, 2017 Léa Le Brizaut
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 7, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
May 30, 2017 Sophie Miranda
May 29, 2017 Samantha Manso
May 28, 2017 John Chambers
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Valerie Sanderson
May 13, 2017 CHRIS GILL

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