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Community group looks to refresh family dinners

Published 6:19am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mower Refreshed wants area residents to reconnect with their families during dinner time.

The group will hold the Family Dinner Project from 9 a.m. to noon July 10 and 11. The goal of the workshop is to teach the community about the benefits of eating dinner as a family.

“We live in a culture that is so fast paced,” said Sandy Anderson, Mower Refreshed coordinator. “Many families are catching meals through a drive-through, impacting not only the physical health of families but the connectedness to thrive.”

On the first day of the workshop, John Sarrouf, director of the Family Dinner Project, will train families on the importance of preparing healthy food, eating together and the positive outcomes for children. Day two will include a mock dinner where attendees can learn how to host a dinner and even make a meal to take home for dinner.

Afterward, families will go home with a four-week program to try at home, which will make the skills learned a habit. After the month is over, families who participated will regroup to discuss how it went. Children will also learn to make a healthy snack to be a part of dinner.

“We’re hoping this raises awareness that the family meal is an essential meal of health and wellness,” Anderson said.

The event is free and all are invited to attend. To register, call 507-434-1039 or go to

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