What is Family Day?
A nationwide awareness campaign promoting the importance of eating family meals together. Although September 22 has been officially designated as Family Day 2014, in Martin County, we have adopted the approach of making every day, family day.
Why is it important?
Research shows that there is a relationship between children having frequent meals with their families and a decreased risk of using drugs, drinking or smoking. Eating family meals together also helps to prevent obesity, develops better family communication, improves student academic performance and decreases the risk of depression and suicide. Parental engagement around meals is one of the most potent tools to help parents raise safe, healthy and well-adjusted children.
Who is involved in Martin County?
There is an impressive group of local non-profits, organizations and businesses that are sponsoring Family Day 2014 under the leadership of the United Way of Martin County Strengthening Families Task Force including: Character Counts!, Martin Volunteers, Tykes and Teens, Seacoast National Bank, Martin Health Systems, Lively Orthodontics, Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith, Helping People Succeed, House of Hope, Tobacco Free Partnership, The CORE program, Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales, Morgan Stanley, New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Martin County, M.A. Corson and Associates, Inc., Martin County Healthy Start Coalition, YOUR, SafeSpace, Children’s Services Council of Martin County, Martin County School District, Whole Child Connection, Father and Child Resource Center, Martin County Library System, CASTLE and Rogiers, Goldin, Chappel, Nall & Associates