The B4FD Project features blog posts from guest writers that explore the far-reaching benefits of family dinner.

Family Dinner Month 2012: Sept 17 -- Oct 29, 2012


Getting on Top of the Dinner Plan: What I Learned from Running a Recipe Newsletter

by Kati Chevaux

This is Kati and I work at Cozi, the family calendar and organizing app. In the spirit of helping families get more home-cooked meals on the table, I’d like to share a story about what I learned making dinners for my own family over the last year while I was [...]

Family Dinner: A Daily Oasis to Savor

by Andrea Reiser

According to that quintessentially groovy dad, Mike Brady, “A wise man never goes to bed angry.” And being the real swell, far-out mom that I am, I’ve taken the liberty of amending that to, “A wise family never eats dinner without all its members.”

I’ll come right [...]

Dinner at Home…

by Rachael Warrington

Dinner at home, a simple statement but loaded with complication. At least that seems to be how America sees dinner at home. We would rather go out and grab something, anything, than to go home and cook a meal. I know because I have fallen into that [...]

Homogeny and Harmony at the Family Table

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by Julie Lass

About a year ago, I realized that, through shear inertia, my family had fallen into a familiar rut—one meal for us, another, significantly less colorful, meal for the children. We had a rotating menu of about 5 main course items for the kids [...]

5 Tips for Making a Successful Change

by Kathleen Cuneo, Ph.D.

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We’re in mid-January and some of you may have already abandoned your efforts at resolution you set for yourself at the start of the new year. If so, you’re not alone. Making effective and lasting behavior changes can be very difficult. Yet [...]

Wellness Lock-In: A ‘Must Do’ For All Families

by Angela Lemond, RD, CSP, LD

I had an epiphany this past weekend. What if families scheduled random “wellness lock-ins” every 3 months or so where they purposely worked on healthy family lifestyle components? You know, things such as:

- Emphasized family time

- Family-wide random activities such as going [...]

Bring Peace to the Family Table: Better Nutrition Will Follow

 by Katja Rowell, M.D.


Parents know how important family meals are, but all the worry about nutrition and weight gets parents and kids stuck. One mom said that in spite of all her effort to cook and coordinate schedules to get everyone at the table, dinner is, “ forty-five [...]

A Resolution to Reclaim Dinner….


by Billy Mawhiney

It is that time of year where we realize as we put on our pants, that they are a little more snug due to the holiday party platters, and we refocus on the gym (at least for a few weeks), or quit the nicotine habit, or [insert vice [...]