It sounds like such a simple proposal -- make time for family mealtime.


But with an increasing number of families juggling two work schedules, daycare, school and myriad extracurricular activities, it's becoming harder to sit down together at the same time every night. In an effort to get families back around the table, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia) started Family Day, to remind parents that "Dinner Makes a Difference!"


Family Day will be celebrated nationwide on Sept. 24, and all families can participate. Research from CASAColumbia has repeatedly shown that when parents engage their children in conversation during frequent family dinners, the children's chance of engaging in risky behaviors is reduced.


Family Day was started in 2001 and is always celebrated on the fourth Monday in September. So take the Family Day pledge today and continue to fight for healthier children and teens.