From the City of Aberdeen:
Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children
WHEREAS, the use of illegal and prescription drugs and the abuse of alcohol and nicotine constitute the greatest threats to the well-being of America’s children; and
WHEREAS, 14 years of surveys conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University have consistently found that the more often children and teenagers eat dinner with their families the less likely they are to smoke , drink and use illegal drugs; and
WHEREAS, frequent family dining is associated with lower rates of teen smoking, drinking, illegal drug use and prescription drug abuse; and
WHEREAS, the correlation between frequent family dinners and reduced risk of teen substance abuse is well documented; and
WHEREAS, parents who are engaged in the their children’s lives are less likely to have children who abuse substances; and
WHEREAS, family dinners have long constituted a substantial pillar of family life in America.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MICHAEL E. BENNETT, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF ABERDEEN, on behalf of the City Council and the Citizens of Aberdeen, do hereby declare the fourth Monday of every September as “FAMILY DAY- A DAY TO EAT DINNER WITH YOUR CHILDREN” and urge all citizens to recognize and participate in its observance.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set the Great Seal of the City of Aberdeen to be affixed this Twenty-Seventh Day of September, Two Thousand Ten.
Michael E. Bennett, Mayor