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Thousands Plan to “Dine In” on Third Annual
Family & Consumer Sciences Day

Event highlights the many benefits to families of “dining in” and resources developed and provided by
family and consumer sciences professionals


Alexandria, Va. – November 30, 2016—On December 3, 2016, the third annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day, “Dining In” for Healthy Families, will take place across the country. Family & Consumer Sciences Day is the national initiative that educates families about the importance and benefits of preparing healthy meals and “Dining In” together. December 3rd was chosen to honor the birthday of Ellen Swallow Richards, American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) founder and first woman graduate of MIT.

Potential benefits of families preparing and eating a healthy meal together include reducing their chances of becoming overweight or obese, increasing their consumption of healthy foods, and building positive family relationships. Additional benefits and information on family mealtime are included in this infographic.

“We are pleased to see the positive impact that Family & Consumer Sciences Day, “Dining In” for Healthy Families, has had on individuals, families, and communities. Each year we have expanded the reach of the initiative through our network of family and consumer sciences professionals, partners, and other supporters. We are proud to continue to lead this important health and wellness initiative,” said Carolyn W. Jackson, CFCS, AAFCS chief executive officer.

Last year, more than 127,000 people committed to “Dining In” on December 3.  For Family & Consumer Sciences Day 2015, not only did families prepare and eat healthy meals together, but secondary schools, universities, Extension offices, and businesses presented food preparation education programs and workshops; distributed family meal information and recipes; held food drives for families in need; and participated in FCCLA@TheTable.

To see an example of the types of Family & Consumer Sciences Day celebrations that will be taking place this week, read this blog post from Rene’ Ketchum, Washington Affiliate of AAFCS president-elect and family and consumer sciences educator.

Family & Consumer Sciences Day is sponsored by the National Onion Association, The Sugar Association, Learning ZoneXpress, and Delcor Technology Solutions.


About the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life to help create healthy and sustainable families. These topics include human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. AAFCS members are located nationwide, and include educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants who develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers.  They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

For more information, please contact:
Gwynn Mason
Senior Director, Communications & Marketing, AAFCS

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