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Why are family meals so important?

Click here to learn how eating meals with your kids can help protect them from substance abuse.

A message from First Lady Suzanne Carcieri, Rhode Island chair of Family Week - A Week to Eat Dinner with Your Children:

Did you know that the simple act of sharing regular family dinners with your children will help protect them from substance abuse? If you don not already have a family meal routine, this is a good time to start.

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Governor Donald L. Carcieri has proclaimed the week of September 26 to October 2, 2010 Family Week - A Week to Eat Dinner with Your Children. This week will build on the observance of Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children TM our state has celebrated over the last several years in partnership with The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.
Use this webpage to check out local restaurant specials, find a community event, or prepare a fun meal at home!

Launched by CASA in 2001, Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children TM is a national movement that encourages parents to frequently eat dinner with their kids and be involved in their children's lives. CASA's research conistently finds that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. In Rhode Island, Family Week will be an occasion to remind busy families of the invaluable role parental involvement plays in steering children and teens away from cigarettes, drugs & alcohol.

What better way is there to protect our children from harmful substances? A daily family meal tradition sends children a strong message about the value of family time while creating lasting memories. Let's give our kids what they really want and need - regular time with their parents.

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