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Family Dinner with TV Land, Nick at Nite

11/29/2004 7:39 AM Eastern

The family that dines together stays fine together.

So said the results of a study of contemporary family dining trends commissioned by TV Land and Nick at Nite as part of the networks’ pro-social initiative, “TV Land and Nick at Nite's Family Table: Share More than Meals,” the networks said Monday.

The study also found that “families who make this commitment are more likely to say that their kids are less susceptible to participate in destructive behaviors such as drinking alcohol and feeling disconnected from their families,” the networks said.

Roper Public Affairs & Media (part of NOP World) surveyed 1,500 adults this past spring on “their personal dining habits and the perceived benefits and barriers to doing so more frequently.”

Among highlights of the results: 89% of respondents found that sharing family meals brings people closer together; 86% found that it teaches children table manners and social skills; 84% said it helps to keep family members up to date about what is going on in their lives; 71% found that it helps to solve problems for family members; and 66% found that it encourages healthier eating habits.

“Our findings assert what we've known intuitively for some time: There are innumerable benefits to families who make dining together a top priority," TV Land and Nick at Nite president Larry W. Jones said in a prepared statement.

"Since launching TV Land and Nick at Nite's Family Table last year, we've found that our audiences can definitely relate to the modern challenges of sitting and sharing with one another over a meal,” he added.

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