Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fulton County Cooperative Extension Invites Residents to Commit to "Dining In" on Thursday, December 3rd

Families invited to post pictures on Twitter using the #FultonDineIn

Fulton County residents are invited to join the nation in celebrating national “Dine-in Day” on Thursday, December 3, 2015 to promote families preparing and eating a healthy meal together. Residents are encouraged to show their support for Dine-In Day by posting a picture of their families preparing and having dinner together. Post your family dinner at #FultonDineIn.

Dine-In Day highlights the many benefits to families of “dining in”. Research has shown that the entire family benefits from family mealtime by having better nutrition, improving family communication, fostering family traditions, and teaching life skills such as meal planning, budgeting, and food preparation.

“National Dine-In Day or Family & Consumer Sciences Day calls attention to simple steps families can take be physically, mentally, and financially healthier by preparing and eating a nutritious meal together,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We are pleased to take part in this important initiative.”

The nationwide obesity epidemic, especially among children and teens, has a great deal to do with unhealthy eating and lack of food preparation knowledge. Encouraging families to prepare simple, healthy meals and eat together supports the essence of family and consumer sciences: “Creating Healthy and Sustainable Families.”

The year 2015 marks the second annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day, launched by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), with a goal of having 200,000 families make a commitment to dining in together. December 3rd was chosen as Family & Consumer Sciences Day to honor AAFCS Founder Ellen Swallow Richards, the first female graduate of MIT.

For easy to prepare recipes and more information about Fulton County Cooperative Extension, call 404-332-2400.

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