The simple act of sitting down to dinner with your kids may be one of the strongest tools you have to keep them off drugs. That's the idea behind Monday's "Family Day.''
Organizations all over South Florida are hosting free dinners, plus sharing information and giving parents tips on table talk that gets beyond "how was your day?''
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Family Day was established by Columbia University, home of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, in 2001. The center had commissioned a study on the issue and found that children who participate in family mealtimes at least three times a week were less likely to use alcohol and other drugs, said Claudia Bailly, a spokeswoman for the South Florida Coalition Alliance.
Several groups in Miami-Dade and Broward counties will host events on Monday, Sept. 28. Among them:
• YMCA of Broward County: 5:30-8:30 p.m. at L.A. Lee YMCA Family Center, 408 NW 14th Terr., Fort Lauderdale. Contact Luther Jackson, 954-467-2444.
• City of Lauderdale Lakes: 6 p.m., Boyd Anderson High School, 3050 NW 41st St. Contact Andrea Smith, 954-535-2835.
• ASPIRA: 6-9 p.m., 6920 SW 35th St., Miramar. Contact Sandra Sanchez, 954-981-9221.
• Enfamilia: 6 p.m., Enfamilia, 141 N. Krome Ave., Homestead. Contact ûTonantzin Montes, 305-245-7288.
• Weed and Seed of Homestead: 6 p.m. at Phichol Williams Center, Homestead. Contact Lakeila Alston, 305-242-1621.
• Switchboard of Miami: 6 p.m. at Switchboard, 701 SW 27th Ave. Contact Janet Mapp, 305-358-1640.
• Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Miami-Dade: Contact Laura Fernandez, 305-644-0066.
• Miami-Dade Public Schools: TRUST specialists will have a Family Day pledge contest. Contact Iris Moore, 305-213-2719.