Family Dining

 

Families that eat together stay together. Studies show that kids who eat at home with their families are more likely to try new foods and on average consume more nutrient-rich foods like low-fat dairy, vegetables, fruits and lean meats.

In addition to nutritional benefits, family dining has other benefits, such as:

  • Reducing stress
  • Improving communication among family members
Dining together more than four nights per week is also attributed to:
  • Reducing risk of depression in teens
  • Reducing teen drug use
  • Reducing teen pregnancy

Additionally, eating at home saves money – on average, eating three meals a week in, versus out, saves a family of four approximately $2,000 in one year!

 

Omaha Family Dining Week is October 22 - 28!

Live Well Omaha Kids is proud to announce Mayor Jean Stothert has proclaimed October 22-28, 2017 as the fifth annual Omaha Family Dining Week. See the proclamation here!

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Live Well Omaha Kids encourages families to cook and eat together more nights per week as a family by taking the Family Dining Pledge.

We also want to know what works for families at home. Find us on Facebook and Twitter or follow the hashtag #OmahaFamilyDining to share your success stories or ask us a question.

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

Each day of Omaha Family Dining Week we will feature an easy, healthy recipe from Family Fare Supermarkets for families to try.

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Take the Pledge and be entered to WIN PRIZES!

Those who take the Family Dining Pledge between now and October 28, 2017, will be entered* to win awesome prizes promoting healthy eating and/or physical activity. If you’ve pledged in the past, no problem! – update your pledge for 2017.

*Family must provide a valid email address to be entered to win

Live Well Omaha Kids will draw a prize each day.

Here’s a breakdown of Omaha Family Dining Week Prizes! Take the Pledge early to qualify for all of the prize drawings.

  • Sunday, October 22: Two giveaways!
    Prize #1: One family will win an Omaha Steaks Beef Bourguignon Crock-Pot® Meal, which serves four. A $26.99 value!
    Prize #2: One family will win 10 free games of bowling from Maplewood Lanes (3030 N. 101st Street). A $50 value!
  • Monday, October 23: Two giveaways!
  • Tuesday, October 24: Two giveaways!
    Prize #1: One family will win an Omaha Steaks Cuban Mojo Pork Crock-Pot® Meal, which serves four. A $26.99 value! PLUS, five adults over 18 in the family can enjoy a free 7-day trial membership to Genesis Health Clubs (Westroads location at 1212 N. 102nd Street). Must be a first time visitor.
    Prize #2: One family will win a four-pack of 30-minute jump passes to Sky Zone Omaha (4215 S. 133rd St. in Omaha). A $40 value! Jump passes expire 5/01/2018.
  • Wednesday, October 25: Two giveaways!
    Prize #1: One family will win an Omaha Steaks Asian Pepper Steak Skillet Meal, which serves four. A $19.99 value! PLUS, five adults over 18 in the family can enjoy a free 7-day trial membership to Genesis Health Clubs (Westroads location at 1212 N. 102nd Street). Must be a first time visitor.
    Prize #2: One family will win a four-pack of 30-minute jump passes to Sky Zone Omaha (4215 S. 133rd St. in Omaha). A $40 value! Jump passes expire 05/01/2018.
  • Thursday, October 26: Two giveaways!
    Prize #1: One family will win an Omaha Steaks Asian Pepper Steak Skillet Meal, which serves four. A $19.99 value! PLUS, five adults over 18 in the family can enjoy a free 7-day trial membership to Genesis Health Clubs (Westroads location at 1212 N. 102nd Street). Must be a first time visitor.
    Prize #2: A party certificate from Skate Daze (3616 S. 132nd Street) for up to seven people for one FREE group activity of their choice: roller skate, PlayDazium, or laser tag. A $56.00 value!
  • Friday, October 27: Two giveaways!
    Prize #1: One family will win an Omaha Steaks Top Sirloin Steak Dinner, which serves four. A $75.99 value! PLUS, five adults over 18 in the family can enjoy a free 7-day trial membership to Genesis Health Clubs (Westroads location at 1212 N. 102nd Street). Must be a first time visitor.
    Prize #2: One family will win a set of five passes for public skating and skate rental to Moylan Iceplex (12550 West Maple Road). A $40.00 value! Expires 9/30/2018.
  • Saturday, October 28Three giveaways!
    Prize #1: One family will win an Omaha Steaks Top Sirloin Steak Dinner, which serves four. A $75.99 value! PLUS, five adults over 18 in the family can enjoy a free 7-day trial membership to Genesis Health Clubs (Westroads location at 1212 N. 102nd Street). Must be a first time visitor.
    Prize #2: One family will win a set of five passes for public skating and skate rental to Moylan Iceplex (12550 West Maple Road). A $40.00 value! Expires 9/30/2018.
    Prize #3: My Robyn will deliver a healthy crock pot dinner and a week of healthy snacks for a family of four. It will be a great start to a week of healthy eating and time with those who matter most. A $50.00 value!

 

Spread the Word: Omaha Family Dining Week Toolkit

Organizations: you can help spread the word about the value of family dining! Check out our toolkit, with resources and messaging ideas.

  • pledgeTake the Family Dining Pledge and change your social media profile picture to our I Took the Family Dining Pledge badge.
  • Add information to your newsletter or website or send out a company-wide email about family dining and the benefits, encouraging families to take the Family Dining Pledge with these downloads:
  • Post on Social Media about family dining throughout the week with tips, benefits and healthy recipes using #OmahaFamilyDining. Here are some sample messages to get you started:
    • Mayor @Jean_Stothert has proclaimed Oct 22-28 as the 5th annual #OmahaFamilyDining week! Learn more: http://ow.ly/4sbH304i3Q0
    • Wanna save up to $2,000 a year? Eat at home as a family more! http://ow.ly/4sbH304i3Q0 #OmahaFamilyDining
    • Kids who eat at home with their families are more likely to try new foods and eat healthier! http://ow.ly/4sbH304i3Q0 #OmahaFamilyDining
    • Family dining benefits family communication and supports healthy teen development. http://ow.ly/4sbH304i3Q0 #OmahaFamilyDining
    • Tip for parents: Involve your child in the conversation. Start with these conversation starters: http://bit.ly/1xDQq5m #OmahaFamilyDining
    • Tip for parents: Make mealtime fun for the entire family with these ideas from @MyPlate http://ow.ly/eo0H304i67W #OmahaFamilyDining
    • Take the #OmahaFamilyDining Pledge by Oct 28 for a chance to win some great prizes from @LWOKids http://ow.ly/4sbH304i3Q0
  • Print materials to use for events or a booth at your organization:

 

Thank you to our Sponsors

Omaha Family Dining Week is made possible by funding from CHI Health.

Prizes are available through donations from:

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