Why Family Dinners are Important

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Teens that have 5 to 7 family meals together a week report having better relationships with their parents. The better the relationship with their parents, the less likely teens are to be drinking, smoking or using drugs.

Did you know? ———————————

Teens that do not have positive relationships with their father are almost 4x more likely to have used marijuana, 2x more likely to have used alcohol, and 2.5x more likely to have used tobacco. In addition, teens that do not have a positive relationship with their mother are almost 3x more likely to have used marijuana, 2.5x more likely to have used alcohol, and 2.5x more likely to have used tobacco.

Let’s work together to support regular family meals. So grab your saucepan, ingredients, and family to enjoy great conversation and meaningful family time.

Family-Favorite Chili Macfamily-day-church-inserts_efr-prevention-2

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar Ragu(R) Old World Style(R) Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • Chopped green onions, for garnish

Directions ————————————–

  1. Cook and drain the elbow noodles according to the package directions; set aside.
  2. Brown the beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain excess grease. Stir in the Ragu(R) Sauce, chili powder, cumin, tomatoes and corn. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, cover, reduce to low and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cooked noodles and 1 cup of the cheese until melted and heated through. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese evenly over top, heat on low until melted. Serve immediately.

To learn more about Employee & Family Resources prevention efforts please contact Katie Bee, Prevention Manger, at 515.471.2327 or via email at kbee@efr.org

Drug-Free Employee & Family Resources is here to serve you. Our work focuses on reducing the negative consequences of substance abuse and problem gambling through grants from the Iowa Department of Public Health. As a leader and innovator in the field of human services, Employee & Family Resources is dedicated to helping people manage life’s challenges so they can reach their full potential. EFR is a highly valued resource delivering prevention, intervention, and treatment services that support and enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities by providing professional and culturally competent services within three dedicated branches of EFR: Community Services, Substance Abuse Services and Workplace Services. To learn more about ERF visit us at www.EFR.org

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