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News Release

Lancaster County
Date: September 20, 2011

For more information contact
Gwen Thorpe at 402-441-7447

Lancaster County Board Of Commissioners Promotes
September 26, 2011 as
Family Day - A Day To Eat Dinner With Your Children™
To Help Prevent Substance Abuse Among Children And Teens

Lancaster County is joining forces with The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University to celebrate Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ on September 26, 2011.

Launched in 2001, Family Day is a national movement that encourages parents to frequently eat dinner with their kids and be involved in their children's lives. Research consistently finds that the more often kids eat dinner with their families; the less likely they are to smoke, drink, or use drugs. Those kids are also more likely to get better grades in school and have an excellent relationship with their parents, and are less likely to have friends who smoke, drink or use drugs.

Deb Schorr, Chair of the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners, urges parents to make family meals and the conversations that go with them an everyday occurrence. She states "the Board of Commissioners encourages parents and other caregivers to remember that whether you are cooking at home, eating out or eating on the go, what kids really want during dinnertime is you".

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Chairman and Founder and the former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare states: "America's drug problem is not going to be solved in courtrooms or legislative hearing rooms by judges and politicians. It will be solved in living rooms and dining rooms and across kitchen tables - by parents and families. Family dinners and the communication that occurs over the course of a meal are critical in building a relationship with your children and to understanding the world in which they live."

According to a report, The Importance of Family Dinners VI, compared to teens that have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are:

  • Twice as likely to have used tobacco
  • Almost twice as likely to have used alcohol
  • One and a half times likelier to have used marijuana

The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners is committed to strengthening families and encourages Lancaster County citizens to celebrate Family Day on September 26th by eating dinner as a family.

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