Family Dinner Project under way, sign up now
More than 500 Woodford County families are participating in the Family Dinner Project, which continues through Nov. 29. The goal of the project is to entice families to eat dinner together at least three times a week for eight weeks, thus strengthening family bonds.
For the purposes of the project, "family" is a basic social unit consisting of people related by marriage, blood or strong emotional ties, whether living together or not. The meals can be breakfast, lunch or dinner. The "family table" can be at home, in restaurants, at picnic areas. Anything goes as long as you follow these rules:
■ Fill out, sign and mail in the Family Dinner Project pledge card, which can be found at Bit.ly/1GFVnhG.
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■ For the family meal to be counted, it must be focused on fun, conversation and connection between the members.
■ No electronics allowed.
■ Family members should share more than just food. Divide or share chores (someone sets the table, someone does the dishes, etc.), cook dinner together, split the tab or whatever works for you.
The Family Dinner Project is a non-profit organization working from the offices of Project Zero at Harvard University. Research shows that family meals are a strong preventive factor for children regarding high-risk behavior. Children whose families dine together regularly are shown to have lower rates of depression, eating disorders, substance abuse and teen pregnancy.
For a list of Versailles restaurants that offer discounts for pledge card holders, click on the Partners link at the Family Dinner Project website, Woodfordfamilydinnerproject.weebly.com/about.html.
Midway church honored
Midway University has bestowed its inaugural Community Spirit Award on Midway Christian Church in recognition of the congregation's spirit of vision, encouragement and giving.
"Midway University and Midway Christian Church have shared a strong bond since their earliest days. In fact, Midway University is a result of the generosity and support of the church. Without the encouragement of his elders at Midway Christian, L.L. Pinkerton would not have founded the Kentucky Female Orphan School, which has evolved to become Midway University," said John P. Marsden, president of Midway University.
The Community Spirit Award will become an annual award presented during Midway University's annual Day for Midway celebration, held each fall to celebrate the long-standing relationship between the institution and Woodford County.
Dementia program Nov. 5
Explore creative avenues for connecting with loved ones diagnosed with dementia by sparking old memories and helping them to have meaningful experiences. This program will be 2:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at The Homeplace at Midway, 671 East Stephens Street. Registration is required by calling 1-800-272-3900. A $5 donation is suggested. The program is designed for family caregivers; please, no professionals.