ADOPTED - AUGUST 23, 2005
Agenda Item No. 16
Introduced by the County Services Committee of the:
INGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
RESOLUTION DESIGNATING SEPTEMBER 26, 2005 “FAMILY DAY – A DAY TO EAT DINNER WITH YOUR CHILDREN” IN INGHAM COUNTY
WHEREAS, the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol and nicotine constitute the greatest threats to the well-being of America's children; and
WHEREAS, surveys conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University have consistently found that the more often children and teenagers eat dinner with their families the less likely they are to smoke, drink and use illegal drugs; and
WHEREAS, teenagers who virtually never eat dinner with their families are 72 percent more likely than the average teenager to use illegal drugs, alcohol and cigarettes; and
WHEREAS, teenagers who almost always eat dinner with their families are 31 percent less likely than the average teenager to use illegal drugs, alcohol and cigarettes; and
WHEREAS, the correlation between family dinners and reduced risk for teen substance abuse are well documented; and
WHEREAS, parental influence is known to be one of the most crucial factors in determining the likelihood of substance abuse by teenagers; and
WHEREAS, family dinners have long constituted a substantial pillar of family life in America.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners hereby designates September 26, 2005 as “Family Day – a Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children” in Ingham County.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board urges all citizens to recognize and participate in its observance.
COUNTY SERVICES: Yeas: Celentino, Copedge, De Leon, Schor, Severino, Vickers
Nays: None Absent: None Approved 8/16/05