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Children Who Have Frequent Family Dinners Less Likely to Use Marijuana, Tobacco, and Drink Alcohol
Date:9/15/2008

le. To pledge to be a 'Family Day' STAR click on the pledge button on http://www.CASAFamilyDay.org. A 'Family Day' STAR commits to:

S -- Spend time with my kids by having dinner together.

T -- Talk to them about their friends, interests and the dangers of drugs

and alcohol.

A -- Answer their questions and listen to what they say.

R -- Recognize that I have the power to help keep my kids substance-free!

CASA created a Family Dinner Kit that includes placemats and menu cards that children can decorate, plus recipes, and conversation starter questions that can be downloaded for free and used during family meals.

On September 22nd, CASA and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will launch a national coloring contest available to all school age children. Children from pre-school through grade twelve will be asked to illustrate what their family dinner means to them. Four winners will be selected and the winning art will be posted on the 'Family Day' website and used in CASA's 2009 'Family Day' campaign.

The PSAs, STAR pledge, Family Dinner Kit and contest placemats (and official rules) are all available at http://www.CASAFamilyDay.org.

'Family Day' Celebrations

'Family Day' Media Partner TV Land will be airing family dinner themed programming from 6-7 P.M. on Family Day.

CBS Cares will air a network PSA promoting the importance of family dinners with Angus T. Jones, star of the hit CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men".

Six Major League Baseball teams are celebrating 'Family Day' 2008. The Boston Red Sox will hold a pre-game ceremony at Fenway Park where a family will sing the national anthem and throw out the first pitch, and promote 'Family Day' throughout the game. The Arizona Diamondbacks are holding a 'Family Day' awareness night at Chase Field on Friday, Septe
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