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

mber 26. The San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds will all be airing the 'Family Day' PSA or running a 'Family Day' message on their scoreboards.

'Family Day' Signature Sponsor Willis Group Holdings and its Chairman and CEO Joe Plumeri will create a digital book containing artwork, illustrations, photos, poems and short stories created by children and young relatives of Willis Group associates.

'Family Day' Signature Sponsor National Amusements, Inc. and its President Shari Redstone will hold "Dinner and a Movie" events in their theaters in White Plains, NY, Fairfax, VA, and Randolph, MA.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue and the AFL-CIO and its President John J. Sweeney are longstanding CASA supporters. Both have been actively engaged in Family Day since the first celebration in 2001. In addition, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and The Partnership for a Drug-Free America are spreading the message that "Dinner Makes A Difference!"

Niagara Falls, the LaSalle Wacker Building in Chicago and the Oklahoma State Capitol Dome will light up in red and blue on Family Day. "Parents who make every day 'Family Day' are taking a positive step toward raising children who are emotionally and physically healthy, academically successful, and drug and alcohol free," said Kathleen Ferrigno, CASA's Director of Marketing. "Family dinners do make a difference. America's drug problem is not going to be solved in courtrooms or legislative hearing rooms by judges and politicians. It will be solved in living rooms and dining rooms and across kitchen tables -- by parents and families," said Califano. "It has less to do with the food on the plate and more to do with what is happening at the table. Gathering each night lets children know that their parents are available to them and it serves as a simple and powerful way to foster an excellent parent/child relationshi
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