Mayor Stothert Proclaims Oct. 20 – 26 as Family Dining Week

October 18th, 2013 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Live Well Omaha Kids (funded and sponsored by Alegent Creighton Health) is proud to announce that Mayor Jean Stothert has proclaimed next week, October 20 through 26, as Family Dining Week, beginning with Food Day Omaha at Aksarben Village from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2013.ProclamationWeb

“Family Dining” means cooking and eating at home together as a family. Studies show that kids who eat at home with their families are more likely to try new foods and eat more nutritious foods, such as whole grains, low-fat dairy, vegetables, fruit and lean meat. Family dining also benefits for family communication and supports healthy teen development.

Live Well Omaha Kids encourages families to cook and eat at home more nights per week as a family by joining them and their partners, Douglas County Health Department, Hunger Free Heartland, Live Well Omaha, Midwest Dairy Council and UNL Extension, to take the Family Dining Pledge. Simply take the Live Well Omaha Kids Family Dining Pledge and you’ll receive support including recipes and expert advice to make this healthy habit easy and fun.

Family Dining Week begins Sunday with Food Day Omaha. Hosted by the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition and the Omaha Farmers Market, Food Day Omaha is a one-week extension of the Aksarben Farmers’ Market that is enhanced with “eat real” informational booths, children’s activities and cooking demonstrations. The vision for this event is to create even greater awareness in Omaha around our food system, hunger issues, agricultural practices and healthy eating options. Live Well Omaha Kids will have a booth at Food Day Omaha, where families can stop by and join the movement by taking the Family Dining Pledge.

Live Well Omaha Kids wants to know what works for families at home. Find us on Facebook and share your success stories, or ask us a question. Here, you’ll also find useful Family Dining tips, such as:

  1. No screens allowed at the dinner table
  2. Make dinnertime a positive atmosphere
  3. Make it easy and fun
  4. Offer healthy choices
  5. Involve the whole family in the meal preparation, cooking or cleanup
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