Family Dining Week provides food for thought

Article Date: Oct 24, 2013

Tonight we won't eat dinner together as a family. 

I will be working and my husband will man the kitchen solo with our three kids. 

This will mark the third time in five nights we will have eaten apart, so surely I’m flunking Omaha’s Family Dining Week. 

In case you haven’t heard, the city is more than midway through a child health promotion that started Sunday and goes through Saturday and is supposed to remind us of something that used to be a given. 

These days, sitting around the table together at dusk sometimes seems like a quaint relic, a Norman Rockwell window into the past. 

It can be so hard to do that a local health group fighting childhood obesity is using this week to remind us of the many benefits — from physical to psychological — that family dinner has to offer. 

Live Well Omaha Kids, a group started by Alegent Creighton Health, has dedicated this week to the cause, using its website and Facebook page to promote recipes and tips and ask Omahans to take a family dining pledge. As of Wednesday afternoon, some 921 families had signed up. 

Full story on Omaha.com.


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