Effective Date: Monday, September 24th, 2012
WHEREAS, eating meals together has long been a foundational tradition for American families; and
WHEREAS, research continues to show that the more regularly children and teenagers are able to eat meals with their parents, the less likely they are to pursue smoking, drinking, and illegal drug use or prescription drug abuse; and
WHEREAS, the clear connection between regular family meals and a youth’s decision to abstain from substance abuse show the indispensable role of parents in developing moral character, confidence, and good judgment in their children. Children look to their parents to provide direction, support, and encouragement as they grow into healthy and successful members of our society; and
WHEREAS, parents and guardians can use dinnertime as an opportunity to build and strengthen their relationships with their children. As the most important and primary figures in a child’s life, parents should make family time a priority in order to strengthen family bonds and give their children a solid footing for life; and
WHEREAS, numerous individuals and organizations in Alaska – including schools, civic institutions, and nonprofit and charitable organizations – work to help Alaskan families in need by supplementing food and other necessities, helping struggling Alaskans to build a stronger future for their families; and
WHEREAS, involved parents who prioritize time with their family regardless of challenges give confidence and security to a child, and are a powerful example to their community.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim September 24, 2012 as:
A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children
in Alaska, and urge Alaskan parents to encourage their children to make healthy and positive decisions by taking time to sit down at the dinner table together tonight and every night.
Dated: September 11, 2012