Today is Family Day!

September 22, 2008 at 1:36 am

Bringing Back the Family Dinner
Stop & Shop Encourages Families to Celebrate Family Day September 22 QUINCY, Mass., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Eating family meals at home is an effective tool to help kids stay substance-free, according to Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance. Research shows that teens who eat dinner with their families six to seven times a week are nearly 50 percent more likely to remain substance-free than teens who eat dinner with their families twice a week or less. To reinforce this message, Stop & Shop is encouraging families to bring back dinner by celebrating Family Day on September 22, a national movement to inform and inspire parents to join their kids around the dinner table. “Stop & Shop has been bringing families together by helping moms prepare affordable and healthy meals for more than 100 years,” said Andrea Astrachan, consumer advisor to Stop & Shop. “Research confirms that family meal time is a comforting ritual for young children and an opportunity for parents to reconnect with teens.” Indeed, there are many benefits to frequent family dinners. Children who have dinner with their families three or more nights a week are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. Regardless of family structure or income, teens who eat dinner with their families often are more likely to earn better grades, exhibit less stress and maintain overall healthier diets. “Family meals at home often cost less, include more vegetables and are healthier than other options,” added Astrachan. “By providing new prepared food choices, the new organic line Nature’s Promise and affordable recipes, Stop & Shop is making it easy for families to enjoy simple, nutritious dishes at home.” Inspired by its own fresh new look, Stop & Shop is providing a variety of options to make mealtime a family time more often. Here are a few suggestions to get you started: — Every Sunday, pick nights during the coming week to schedule times the family can eat together. — Choose a dinner theme, such as Mexican or Italian, and prepare foods that compliment your theme (Decorations can make it fun too). — Encourage children to create menu ideas. Have children make the shopping list. Ask them to pick some healthy foods they would like to have. — Encourage children to help with meal preparation. Very young children can rinse fruits and vegetables, pour ingredients and stir them in. Older children can measure ingredients, cut soft foods with a table knife and use the microwave. — Keep meals simple. Spend time on one-dish casseroles or use convenience foods. Foods such as frozen vegetables, prepared foods and ready- to-cook meats save time. — Turn off the TV and radio, so everyone can focus on conversation. Share what happened during the day with each other. Start with the funniest thing that happened at school or the office. — Continue the conversation with questions such as, “What do you think is the greatest invention of all time?”; “What special talents do you wish you possessed?”; “If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?” “There’s nothing more precious than time,” said Astrachan. “By taking an hour a day to enjoy a simple, flavorful meal with your family, you’re sending the message that they’re worth it.” Parents interested in participating in or learning more about Family Day or accessing additional resources are invited to visit http://casafamilyday.org/familyday/. Those interested in fresh, affordable tips for their next meal can visit http://www.stopandshop.com. About Stop & Shop The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, based in Quincy, Massachusetts, employs more than 59,000 associates and operates stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey.

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