The Family Day Campaign encourages parents to eat dinner with their children and teens regularly to reduce the likelihood that they will smoke, drink or use drugs. Celebrate Family Day on the fourth Monday of September and begin making family dinners a part of your regular routine.
“An action as simple as eating dinner as a family can make a big difference. It isn’t the food on the table, but the conversations and engagement around the table that have a lasting impact on children and teens. We encourage parents across Kansas to support the Family Day Campaign’s mission by talking with their kids over dinner.”
– Michelle Voth, Kansas Family Partnership Executive Director
About the Family Day Campaign
Children and teens who eat dinner with their families 5-7 times per week are less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs, according to recent studies by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia®). Children and teens who have frequent family dinners are also more likely to report having excellent relationships with their parents.
Family Day – Be Involved. Stay Involved.® is a national campaign launched by CASAColumbia® in 2001 to inform parents that frequent family dinners can make a difference. Celebrated annually on the fourth Monday of September, Family Day promotes parental engagement as a simple and effective way to reduce the risk of substance use in children and teens.
Over the past 20 years, CASAColumbia® has surveyed thousands of American children, teens and their parents to identify situations and circumstances that influence the risk of youth substance abuse. Nine out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking or using drugs before age 18. Thus, children and teens who get through age 21 without smoking, abusing alcohol or using illegal drugs are virtually certain never to do so. Parents have the greatest influence on whether their children and teens will choose not to use.
The Family Day Campaign emphasizes how important it is to connect with your kids at various times throughout the day, whether it’s driving them to activities, tucking them into bed or having frequent family dinners. The Family Day Campaign has been coordinated statewide since 2002 by Kansas Family Partnership (KFP), who encourages parents to make every day Family Day in their homes.
Get Involved with the Family Day Campaign
KFP encourages schools, businesses, organizations and community groups to spread the word about the Family Day Campaign through local events and awareness campaigns. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Download our Family Day Campaign Sample Promotion Ideas
- Check out our Family Day Campaign Materials and Links
- Like Kansas Family Partnership on Facebook
- Follow Kansas Family Partnership on Twitter
- Subscribe to Kansas Family Partnership on YouTube
- Follow Kansas Family Partnership on Instagram
- Follow Kansas Family Partnership on Google+
- Follow Kansas Family Partnership on LinkedIn
- Participate in Family Day Activities
- Take the Family Day STAR Pledge
- Start the Family Day Monthly Challenge
- Read the Family Day Blog
Family Day Campaign Materials and Links
Kansas Family Day Campaign promotional materials are available through KFP to help you celebrate Family Day and plan regular family dinners. Materials are not dated so they can be used throughout the year to promote the importance of family dinners. If you would like to order promotional materials for the Kansas Family Day Campaign to help promote the campaign across the state, please contact KFP at 1.800.206.7231 or email@example.com to determine promotional material availability.
Download Promotional Materials
- Ad (English)
- Bookmarks (English)
- Bookmarks (Spanish)
- Fold-Out Card (English)
- Fold-Out Card (Spanish)
- Menu Sheet (English)
- Menu Sheet (Spanish)
- Placemat (English)
- Postcard (English)
- Postcard (Spanish)
- Poster (English)
- Recipe Cards (English)
- Recipe Cards (Spanish)
- Sticker (English)
- Sample News Article
- Sample Press Release
- Sample Proclamation
- Sample Social Media Messages
Find More Promotional Materials
- CASAColumbia Family Day
- K-State Research & Extension Family Nutrition Program
- National Family Partnership (NFP)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Family Day Campaign Partners and Sponsors
If you would like to sponsor or partner with the Kansas Family Day Campaign to help promote the campaign across the state, please contact KFP at 1.800.206.7231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Day Campaign Media and News
If you are a member of the media and would like more information about the Kansas Family Day Campaign, please contact KFP at 1.800.206.7231 or email@example.com.
Use of Kansas Family Day Campaign Logo and Materials
If you would like to use the Kansas Family Day Campaign logo or content from Kansas Family Day Campaign promotional materials, please contact KFP at 1.800.206.7231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.