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You are Invited to Dine In

Patrice Powers-Barker,
OSU Extension, Lucas County
The Truth Contributor

The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) has set a goal for 200,000 families to make and eat a healthy meal together. They are asking families to enjoy a meal together on December 3, 2018. This year, there is a special focus on dining “device free” to build healthy relationships. OSU Extension, Lucas County would love to see our families be part of that national number!

December 3 was the date of Ellen Swallow Richard’s birthday in 1842. She is known for her leadership in the field of Family Consumer Sciences including founding the AAFCS. If you don’t recognize the term “Family and Consumer Sciences” you might be familiar with the original name, American “Home Economics” Association.

Her birthday was chosen by AAFCS to celebrate Family & Consumer Sciences Day in order to call attention to something simple families can do to be physically, mentally, and financially healthier - prepare and eat a nutritious meal together. Are you dining in? If you cannot Dine In on December 3, be sure to schedule another day that week.

“Dining In” can be as simple as planning to eat together as a family. Add these other easy steps and you will be counted as part of the national event:  

·         Make the pledge to prepare and enjoy a family meal together. To be part of the nationwide celebration, check out our local page that links to the simple sign-up at https://lucas.osu.edu/DineIn

·         Pick up a Kit for Family Meal Planning at OSU Extension, Lucas County.  What tools do you use for planning family meals? You are invited to pick up a free “toolkit” of technology tips, dry erase board for meal planning and additional resources at our horticulture office, 5403 Elmer Drive (at the Toledo Botanical Garden) on:

o    Friday November 9 - 12-4 p.m.

o    Saturday November 10 – 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

o    Friday November 16 - 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

·         Encourage your friends to pledge. Share your favorite easy recipe! Invite friends and family over to eat together.  

·         Dine In with your family and friends the week of December 3. Enjoy! Remember, “Dine In” is designed to be simple. Make the meal easy and fun.

·         Post your Story, Pictures or Menu on Lucas County Extension Facebook for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to a grocery store or farmers  market in Lucas County Ohio. If you share your photo on social media use the national hashtags #FCSday, #healthyfamselfie and the local hashtag #LiveSmartLucas for chances to win prizes. Find all details at https://lucas.osu.edu/DineIn

The whole family benefits from family mealtime by having better nutrition, improving family communication, fostering family traditions, and teaching life skills such as meal planning, budgeting, and food preparation. These are all important goals in Family and Consumer Sciences.  

Use these five mealtime tips shared by M. Huepenbecker, 2018 Cedar Crest College Dietetic Intern with OSU Extension, Lucas County:

Tip 1: Eat together as much as possible. Studies show eating together helps children in school. Make a habit to eat at a dining table or kitchen table.

Tip 2: Make it work for your household. If dinner doesn’t work for your family, try a family breakfast, lunch or snack time. 

Tip 3: Get everyone involved in the meal. Mealtime can be simple when everyone helps and it does not have to be a lot of work! Get everyone involved from planning the menu to preparation to clean up.

Tip 4: Have fun with meals and food. Try new foods and different recipes! Save the serious talks for another time. Encourage light conversation around the table by asking silly questions.

Tip 5: Ditch the devices. Eliminate distractions by turning off devices and electronics. Use this time to engage in conversation and build relationships with your family.

We would like to share one additional resource for health and wellness in Lucas County. It’s time to sign up for the free, annual six-week online Live Healthy Live Well email challenge.  In the past, at this time of year, the email challenge has focused on “Zero Weight Gain” for November through January. The authors of the challenge offer this new topic in 2018: “Count CALM Down for the Holidays Challenge.”

For many, the holiday season is a busy, stressful time of the year, and it’s not uncommon for our health goals to take a backseat to the celebrations and obligations of the season. Do you want some tips and ideas to relax and enjoy the holidays in a healthful way this year? Join the email wellness challenge for healthy living tips and encouragement to help you make you most of this holiday season. Sign up here by November 16th (all lower case letters): http://go.osu.edu/calmlucas18




Copyright © 2018 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 11/08/18 10:20:33 -0500.

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