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Are you eating with your family today (May 27)? It’s “Eat with your family day” today!
This year, 209 companies and schools have pledged to let at least some of their employees go home early on May 27 to have dinner with their families. About 200 companies and schools involving some 100,000 employees signed up each year for 2008 and 2009, and more usually join in unofficially.
About Eat with your Family Day
Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children is a national movement to inform parents that the parental engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. Family Day reminds parents that Dinner Makes A Difference!
More than 100 organisations signed up for Eat With Your Family Day in 2003 when the non-profit Centre for Fathering started its initiative.
More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University has consistently found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.
Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your ChildrenTM is a national movement launched by CASA in 2001 to remind parents that frequent family Dinners Make A Difference! While there are no silver bullets – substance abuse can strike any family regardless of ethnicity, affluence, age or gender – the parental engagement fostered at the dinner table can be a simple, effective tool to help prevent substance abuse in kids.
Family Day began as a grassroots initiative and has grown to become a nationwide celebration. In fact, in 2009 President Obama, all the Governors and more than 1,000 Mayors and County Executives proclaimed and supported Family Day!