Monday, September 24, 2012: Michigan Family DayWHEREAS, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University works to inform Americans of the economic and social costs and impacts of substance abuse and addiction; and,
WHEREAS, for nearly two decades, the center has surveyed thousands of American teens and their parents to identify factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of teen substance abuse; and,
WHEREAS, consistently, they have found that the more often children have dinners with their parents, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs; studies have also shown that parents have the greatest influence on whether or not their teens will choose to use at all; and,
WHEREAS, launched in 2001, Family Day is a reminder for parents that dinnertime is a perfect time for them to connect with their children, and that this time spent together makes a significant difference; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we encourage parents and children throughout the Great Lakes State to dedicate themselves to spending more time with family and making frequent family dinners a lifelong priority;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Monday, September 24, 2012 as Michigan Family Day.