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Help for keeping dinner in the family

Sunday - 9/22/2013, 1:58pm  ET

WASHINGTON - The family that eats together thrives together. So a Chevy Chase author is challenging families to sit down to dinner.

Author Aviva Goldfarb is the busy mother of two high school students and knows the challenge of putting a meal on the table. But she says research clearly points to the benefits of families eating together.

"The kids do better in school; they're less likely to be overweight, less likely to engage in risky behaviors, and ... they even do better on their SATs," Goldfarb says.

Goldfarb is challenging 10,000 families to commit to eating together at least three times a week for four weeks. Her website offers support, and participants will receive free e-mails or texts that spell out dinner menus and grocery lists.

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