City of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has proclaimed September as Family Dining Month. Live Well Omaha Kids encourages individuals and families to commit to cooking and dining together one more time per week by taking the Family Dining Pledge.

Studies show that kids who eat at home with their families are more likely to try new foods and eat more nutritious foods, such as whole grains, low-fat dairy, vegetables, fruit, and lean meat.

In order to make family dining a success in your home, remember the following:

  1. No screens allowed at the dinner table
  2. Make dinnertime a positive atmosphere
  3. Make it easy and fun
  4. Offer healthy choices
  5. Involve the whole family in the meal preparation, cooking or cleanup

 

Get Involved! Win Prizes!

We invite the community to help spread the word by utilizing our 2018 Family Dining Month Toolkit for sample messaging, infographics, recipes, and conversation starters.

Family dining is a win-win for children and families, but you can also win prizes for participating in the Family Dining Campaign! Live Well Omaha Kids will be drawing random winners each week for incredible prize packs, such as family passes to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, $100 gift cards to Fresh Thyme and Hy-Vee, one-month family YMCA membership passes, and more from Costco, Genesis Health Club, Moylan Tranquility Iceplex and SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park. To be entered to win, simply take the Family Dining Pledge.

One lucky school will win, too! Parents who take the Family Dining Pledge and commit to eating one more meal at home per week can enter their child’s school for a chance to win a FREE school fit pass from Fitucate. The school with the most pledges by September 30th wins!

Find us on Facebook and Twitter or follow the hashtag #OmahaFamilyDining to share your success stories or ask us a question.

Family Dining Month is made possible with generous financial support from CHI Health.