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Everyday ways to promote healthy development – now and later!

Posted on: October 28, 2011

Want to do something for your kids that helps promote healthy physical, cognitive, and social development?  What if I told you that this activity also helps prevent substance abuse later on?  With all these positive effects, you might think that I am talking about something difficult or expensive, but all you need to do is eat together as a family!

Today, we are joining teens, parents, teachers, and scientists across America to kick off National Drug Facts Week by offering up my own shoutout for educating teens about drug abuse.  Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Drug Facts Week is an official health observance designed to shatter the myths and spread the facts about drug abuse and addiction.

You will see a great deal of fantastic information on how to keep your kids happy, healthy, and drug-free on this website and others over the next week.  But in the meantime, we wanted to share that one easy way that may help prevent drug use is simply eating dinner together!  According to this recent press release by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, teens in families that have infrequent family dinners have an increased likelihood of substance abuse.  Eating together is not only enjoyable, but also seems to help promote a healthy lifestyle for your teens.  What an easy way to help keep your family safe and healthy!

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