BOISE, Idaho – To encourage Idaho families to celebrate National Family Meal Month, the state’s Office of Drug Policy (ODP) is hosting its third annual Idaho Family Dining Campaign to Bring Families to eat more meals together.
ODP hopes people will join them on Monday, September 27, National Family Day, in preparing and enjoying a meal together and connecting with each other at the table.
They’re giving people a free recipe guide for Idaho’s family dinner for the countryside. They said the guide includes “simple and economical meal ideas, engaging conversation starters, and fun activities.”
Citing the Family Dinner Project, ODP said that regular family dinners are associated with lower rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and other problems, as well as resilience and higher self-esteem.
Families attending National Family Day can share photos from their family dinners on social media using the hashtag #IdahoFamilyDinnerNight.
“Idaho’s Family Dining Campaign is about conversations and connections, and serves as a reminder of the incredible benefits of sharing regular family meals,” said Marianne King, administrator of the ODP.
You can find more information about the campaign and learn how to become a family dinner pro in three easy steps here.
Parents can find additional resources on the ODP Be the Parent campaign site.
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