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Tuesday, November 24 2015

Conversations That Matter

Adapted from a Communities That Care Coalition press release:

On Monday, November 30th, from 3PM to 5PM, at the Olver Transit Center in Greenfield, the Parent Education Workgroup of the Communities That Care Coalition will present a workshop, entitled "Fun and Conversations that Matter: Family Dinners to Improve Youth Health and Well-Being", with Dr. Anne Fishel.  Dr. Fishel is the co-founder of the Family Dinner Project, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families create and maintain meaningful connections.

For over a decade, researchers have confirmed that sharing a family meal is good for the spirit, the brain, and the health of all family members. Recent studies link regular family dinners with many behaviors that we all want for our youth: lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and depression, as well as higher grade-point averages and self-esteem. Studies also indicate that dinner conversation is a more potent vocabulary-booster than reading, and the stories told around the table help children build resilience. Regular family meals also lower the rates of obesity and eating disorders in children and adolescents.

The workshop will lay out a variety of ideas about how to promote family dinners in our communities and participants will prepare a snack together as they learn how to host great events that accomplish this goal. To register online, click here.  For wonderful family dinner resources visit www.thefamilydinnerproject.org.

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For more information about the Communities That Care Coalition, serving Franklin County and the North Quabbin, visit www.communitiesthatcarecoalition.org.

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