Celebrate Family Day Monday
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[September 24, 2011]
Family Day is a special day to make a
difference in your child's life. Observed on Monday, Family Day is a
national movement that reminds parents about the importance of
parental engagement in their children's lives and encourages parents
that having frequent family dinners with their children is an
effective way to prevent them from abusing substances. Family Day
was created in 2001 by the National Center on Addiction and
Substance Abuse, known as CASA.
Research by CASA at Columbia
University consistently finds that children who have frequent family
Are at a lower
risk for substance abuse compared with teens who dine with their
Are less likely to
have friends who use illicit drugs or abuse prescription drugs.
Are likely to get better grades in
This is compared with children who
have infrequent family dinners (less than three per week). These
Twice as likely to
Twice as likely to
More than 1 1/2 times likelier to use
It is never too early to start the tradition of regular family
dinners with your children. Make dinnertime special by turning off
the TV and not answering the phone during mealtime.
CASA research shows that teens are at a greater risk of substance
abuse as they move from middle school to high school. It's
especially important for you to stay involved in your children's
lives during this time. Dinner is one way to make this happen during
these potentially vulnerable years.
Whether you're cooking a gourmet meal or ordering from your
favorite takeout place, know that the food isn't as important as
To download a free family dinner kit that includes fun
activities, placemats and recipes, visit
http://casafamilyday.org/familyday/ or use your smartphone to
scan the code located on distributed fliers and table tents.
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The Logan County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Task Force first
promoted Family Day in 2008 and has continued to promote it in Logan
County every year. Organizers thank Lincoln IGA, Kroger, Culver's,
Wendy's and Domino's Pizza for their partnership with the task force
to help spread the word about Family Day with fliers and table tents
at their businesses.
[Text from file received from Camille
Springer, Chestnut Health Systems,
Logan County prevention coordinator and member of the
ATOD Task Force]