Frequent family dinners linked to lower alcohol and drug use by kids

Frequent family dinners linked to lower alcohol and drug use by kids

As a gesture to encourage families to eat together, the Denver Resource for Awareness and Prevention

(Denver RAP) and Wendy’s are joining national Family Day efforts. Families that eat dinner together on Sept. 24, 2012 at any participating Denver metro Wendy’s restaurants will receive a free Dave’s Hot N’ Juicy Single with the purchase of combo meal or salad with coupon.. Families must download a coupon at  Facebook.com/WendysColorado and present it at the time of purchase.



Teens who have frequent family dinners are less likely to use alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana, according to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia).

As a gesture to encourage families to eat together, the Denver Resource for Awareness and Prevention (Denver RAP) and Wendy’s are joining national Family Day efforts. Families that eat dinner together on Sept. 24, 2012 at any participating Denver metro Wendy’s restaurants will receive a free Dave’s Hot N’ Juicy Single with the purchase of combo meal or salad with coupon.. Families must download a coupon at Facebook.com/WendysColorado and present it at the time of purchase.

“Family Day serves as a great reminder that parents who spend time with their children can influence their kids’ choices simply by talking to them about their friends, their interests and the risks of drinking and using other drugs,” Vanessa Fenley, Denver RAP director says.  

Family dinners are an ideal opportunity for parents to dispel common myths their kids may have about alcohol and other drugs. For example, while 56 percent of Denver youth thought a typical student at their school drank alcohol in the last month, in reality only 28 percent of youth had drank alcohol, according to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey 2011 – 2012, Denver Survey.

“Wendy’s is excited and proud to be involved in such a great cause” said Chris Hutchinson, Wendy’s division vice president. “We hope each family can enjoy their dinner at Wendy’s and cherish the quality time spent eating together."

Family Day is ultimately about the communication and conversation that are a part of frequent family dinners. Creating opportunities to connect with loved ones is what is important. Make it a point to eat dinner with your family on Family Day, Sept. 24, 2012, and throughout the year.

For more information, visit www.DenverRAP.org.


Posted on Sep 17 2012 (Archive on Oct 17 2012)
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