Commit to “Dining In” on Family & Consumer Sciences Day, December 3, 2016 #FCSday

dininginEating at home has become less frequent over the years.  With our fast paced lives little time has been devoted to food preparation and family gatherings with possible negative consequences. Eating out leads to consuming larger portions of often unhealthier choices which can result in overweight. Many chronic diseases are tied to obesity but healthy eating and physical activity can lower the risk of developing these related diseases. There are great psychological benefits for young people who eat with family members.  Teens who share meals with their family get better grades in school and are often learning lifeskills that will carry over into adulthood. And it saves money too!  Americans spent $659 billion dollars eating out in 2013.

What you can do…

  • Commit to “Dining In” on December 3rd
  • Prepare and eat a healthy meal with your family on December 3rd
  • Take a photo of your family preparing a healthy meal and post it on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram using #FCSday and #healthyfamselfie
  • Change your Facebook profile photo to the I’m “Dining In” logo
  • Ask your friends and family to “Dine In”
  • Pin your favorite family meal recipes to the “Dining In” Pinterest board
  • Visit for more ways to get involved and access resources

Let’s work together to continue to spread the word about the importance and benefits of family mealtime for the third annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day!