September 2018: Family Meals Month

WHEREAS, Family Meals Month is a national effort to encourage families to pledge to share more meals at home per week; and,

WHEREAS, family meals are fun, affordable and healthier than other dining options; and, 

WHEREAS, 92 percent of U.S. consumers say they want to eat more healthy meals, yet only 30 percent of American families share dinner every night; and,

WHEREAS, conversations around dinner tables establish closer relationships and increase parental involvement; and,

WHEREAS, regular family meals are linked to kids earning higher grades, improving self-esteem and resisting negative peer pressure; and,

WHEREAS, with each additional family meal shared each week, adolescents are less likely to show symptoms of violence, depression and suicide, less likely to use or abuse drugs or run away, and less likely to engage in risky behaviors; and,

WHEREAS, children who grow up sharing family meals are more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness and respect; and,

WHEREAS, kids and teens who share meals with their family three or more times per week are significantly less likely to be overweight, more likely to eat healthy foods and less likely to have eating disorders; and,

WHEREAS, 90 percent of supermarkets offer fresh, prepared foods, 95 percent offer cooking demos, 86 percent offer cooking classes, and 100 percent offer recipes and meal ideas;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2018 as Family Meals Month in Michigan.