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The Resilience Project Parent Event 11/13: "Eat, Laugh, Talk"

Research has shown what parents have known for a long time: sharing a fun family meal is good for the spirit, brain, and health of all family members. Recent studies link regular family meals with higher grade-point averages, resilience, and self-esteem. Additionally, family meals are linked to lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders, and depression.

Please join us for an interactive talk and book signing with Dr. Anne Fishel as she shares helpful information about the many benefits of family mealtime, and the many solutions The Family Dinner Project team has learned from thousands of families to circumvent the most common obstacles to creating healthy and enjoyable dinners. This special event will include tips from The Family Dinner Project’s newest book, Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook, followed by a Q&A with Dr. Fishel.

This is a FREE EVENT. Children/teens are welcome! Books will be available for sale with all author proceeds to go towards funding The Family Dinner Project's community programs.

***** More about The Family Dinner Project: The Family Dinner Project, a nonprofit initiative started in 2010, champions family dinner as an opportunity for family members to connect with each other through food, fun and conversation about things that matter. More than 20 years of scientific research shows “why” family mealtimes are so important. The Family Dinner Project provides the “how” for today’s busy families. With nonprofit partners and local champions, The Family Dinner Project team, based in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Psychiatry Academy, works online and at community events to help families increase the frequency, meaning and long-term benefits of their shared meals.

More about Dr. Anne Fishel: Anne Fishel, Ph.D. is a family therapist, clinical psychologist, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, and Executive Director and co-founder of The Family Dinner Project. In addition, she serves as Director of the Family and Couple Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she trains child psychiatry residents and psychology interns in family therapy, and she lectures widely at academic conferences and to parent and teacher workshops. More about The Resilience Project: To learn more about this event, supporting the emotional wellness of kids and teens, and/or for information about future Resilience Project events including our new Building Resilience series, call 617-243-5497 or email Please also follow us on Facebook: for helpful articles for parents/schools, and up-to-date information about our workshops and events.

Tai Katzenstein, Ph.D. & Juliana Chen, M.D.

Co-directors, The Resilience Project Parents Program

NWH: The Resilience Project

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