It Is A Serious Concern When:
- One in five children aged 6-19 in the U.S. are overweight. That puts them at higher risk for many health problems later in life, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes — as well as emotional problems. (CDC, 2011)
- 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes.
- Asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders in childhood, currently affecting an estimated 7.1 million children under 18 years; of which 4.1 million suffered from an asthma attack or episode in 2011. (American Lung Association, 10/12)
There Is Hope:
- Frequent family meals are associated with a lower risk of smoking, drinking and using drugs; with a lower incidence of depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts; and with better grades in 11 to 18 year olds. (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2004)
- Adolescent girls who have frequent family meals, and a positive atmosphere during those meals, are less likely to have eating disorders. (University of Minnesota, 2004)
- Kids who eat most often with their parents are 40% more likely to say they get mainly A’s and B’s in school than kids who have two or fewer family dinners a week. (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University)
- A Harvard study of 65 children over 8 years found that family dinners were the activity that most fostered healthy child development. Having dinner as a family promotes stability and communication that is important for children, even in families where problems exist. This study also found “that children who ate family dinners more frequently had more healthy eating habits” overall, even when not at home.
- A survey by Louis Harris and Associates had 2000 high school seniors take an academic test and answer a list of personal questions. Researchers found that “Students who regularly ate dinner with their families 4 or more times a week scored better than those who ate family dinners 3 or fewer times a week. These results crossed racial lines and were a greater indicator than whether the child was in a one or two-parent family.”
Food, Faith and Family is Part of the Solution
It is our dream to impact the health of our families, our communities, and our plant…. one family dinner at a time!
We are committed to:
- increasing family ties
- influencing healthy eating habits
- promoting sustainability with local, seasonal whole foods.
With the support of our sponsors, the involvement of faith based organizations, and the direction of Food Faith and Family team, families will learn how to shop smart, cook healthy, eat right and share blessing. The program goal is to help families make educated decisions, establish routines and create traditions that strengthen the family bond and enhance health.