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The Family Meal is Under Threat – Here’s How You Can Save It
The Telegraph
by Sarah Bailey
January 23, 2023

The Physical and Mental Benefits of Family Dinner with The Family Dinner Project (PODCAST)
Familius Helping Families be Happy Podcast
November 22, 2022

A Thanksgiving Survival Guide for Families with Unique Mealtime Needs
Usable Knowledge
by Elizabeth M. Ross
November 18, 2022

What Not to Talk About at the Thanksgiving Table
Washington Post
by Tara Parker-Pope
November 17, 2022

Cutting Down on Stress While Preparing for Thanksgiving (VIDEO)
WCVB Boston
November 12, 2022

Making Family Dinner Happen When Life is Busy (PODCAST)
That Organic Mom
October 17, 2022

Sharing a Meal With Others Can Reduce Stress, Improve Well-Being at Work, and Help You Eat Healthier
Yahoo! Finance
by Alexa Mikhail
October 14, 2022

Are Family Dinners Still a Thing?
by Danny Bonvissuto
September 20, 2022

Should Kids Eat What You Serve or Only What They Want? Neither.
The Washington Post
by Elizabeth Chang
September 13, 2022

The Family Dinner Project (PODCAST)
Paging Dr. Mom
by Julie LaBarba
August 10, 2022

The Importance of Family Dinner According to Science (PODCAST)
Where Parents Talk
by Lianne Castelino
May 17, 2022

Sitting Down to Eat with Your Family is Good For You — No, Really
Food Network
by Amy Reiter
May 5, 2022

The Importance of Family Dinner on Wellness (VIDEO WEBINAR)
The Herren Project
March 8, 2022

Familia que come unida permanece unida: afirma doctora de Harvard
Pantallazos Noticias
January 14, 2022

The Benefits of Family Meals (VIDEO PODCAST)
Feeding the Family with Dr. Kristin
January 10, 2022

11 Parenting Tips You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner
by Nancy Dunham
November 14, 2021

Table Talk: Family Meals Month (PODCAST)
Healthy Living by Giant Podcast
September 17, 2021

Food, Fun and Conversation About Things that Matter (PODCAST)
Screens n Kids Podcast
August 20, 2021

Family Meals and Mental Health
BYU Radio
Top of Mind with Julie Rose
May 18, 2021

The New Home Kitchen: Food, Fun and Family Meals (PODCAST)
Food Issues with Julie Revelant
February 23, 2021

Missing Family During the Pandemic? Celebrate Your Ancestry with Recipes.
National Geographic
by Jennifer Anne Mitchell
February 4, 2021

Your Parenting Is Showing: Episode 4 with Dr. Anne Fishel (PODCAST)
Bless This Mess Podcast
February 2, 2021

2020 Has Sucked — but There Are Some Small Silver Linings
MIT Technology Review
by Tanya Basu and Abby Ohlheiser
December 25, 2020

Keeping the Holiday Season Bright
NY Times
by Ronda Kaysen
December 4, 2020

In It Together (podcast)
with Arun Rath and Amanda Beland
November 23, 2020

It’s Time to Rethink Thanksgiving. Here’s How to Have that Conversation With Your Family.
Time Magazine
by Belinda Luscombe
November 17, 2020

23 Ideas to Make Your Family Zoom Holiday Party Actually Fun
November 2020

How to Make Family Mealtimes More Meaningful
Colorado Parent
Kara Thompson
November 2020 issue

The Upside of Lockdown
Scary Mommy
October 27, 2020

CEOs Rediscover the Family Dinner Table
The NY Times
by Jenny Gross
October 11, 2020

How We Dine (Podcast)
Here’s The Scoop
September 30, 2020

Bonding Over the Family Meal is Important
The Pontotoc Progress
September 12, 2020

Six Health Lessons We’ve Learnt in Lockdown
The Telegraph
by Sharon Walker
August 16, 2020

How to Keep Your Cool This Summer: A Parent Guide
by Margarita Tartakovsky
July 21, 2020

Rituals Keep These Athletes Grounded. They Can Help Parents,  Too.
The NY Times
By Neha Chaudhary
July 6, 2020

Make Your Family Dinner Conversation Better
The NY Times
By Tara Parker-Pope
July 1, 2020

Family Dinners: A Ritual We Need Now More Than Ever
Here’s Something Good Podcast
June 12, 2020

The Herren Project Live
The Herren Project, YouTube
May 22, 2020

How to Help Children Handle the Stress of Coronavirus
Experience Life
by Michael Dregni
May 20, 2020

Helping Families and Children Cope with COVID
Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy (BCLaw, YouTube)
May 20, 2020

Online Campaign Aims to Weave Community During COVID-19 Crisis
Public News Service
by Suzanne Potter
May 5, 2020

The Return of Family Dinner
The Boston Globe
by Devra First
April 22, 2020

Boston Researcher Shares Tips to Create Connection at Family Dinner
April 10, 2020

Share a Meal with Friends and Family
Usable Knowledge
by Jill Anderson
April 7, 2020

The “New Gather”
MGH Website
April 9, 2020

The Benefits of Family Mealtime
Harvard EdCast
by Jill Anderson
April 1, 2020

Breakfast Club: Start the Day Around the Table
DFW Child
by Alexis Patterson
April 2020 Issue

Could Families Bond Around the TV Like They Used To?
Boston Globe
by James Sullivan
March 27, 2020

The Surprising Benefits of Coming Together Over Food Will Astound You
by Kate Gibbs
March 1, 2020

To Raise Healthy Eaters, Break Those Rules You Learned as a Kid
Boston Globe
by Sarah Shemkus
February 18, 2020

Transitions Hosts The Family Dinner Project
February 11, 2020

Talk Less, Listen More. Here’s How.
by Kate Murphy
January 9, 2020

Why Tech-Free Dinner Tables Aren’t Always the Way to Go
ParentToolkit.com (NBC News Learn)
December 9, 2019

Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook Part I
SoCal Restaurant Show
December 8, 2019

Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook Part II
SoCal Restaurant Show
December 8, 2019

Families Sit Down for The Family Dinner Project
by Kaylee Pfeiferling
December 5, 2019

Making Family Dinner Possible: Shrinking it Down
MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds (podcast)
December 4, 2019

Thanksgiving Table Games
The Lisa Valentine Clark Show
BYU Radio
November 26, 2019

Talking Turkey: Tips for a Tranquil Thanksgiving
MGH Hotline
by Anne Fishel, Ph.D.
November 22, 2019

Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook with Bri DeRosa
Parent Footprints Podcast with Dr. Dan Peters
November 21, 2019

Eat, Laugh, Talk: Bri DeRosa
SoundBites Podcast
November 20, 2019

Dr. Anne Fishel – Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist, Professor
Sandi Klein’s Conversations with Creative Women (podcast)
November 19, 2019

The Family Dinner Project
Synced Life Podcast
November 12, 2019

The Art of Cramming People Around Your Thanksgiving Table
The Wall Street Journal
by Michelle Slatalla
November 12, 2019

Help Your Family Keep an Attitude of Gratitude this Holiday Season
KidsNation Magazine
Edition 27: November 2019

Family Dinners: 5 Ways to Make Them Happen Even With Homework and After School Activities
Grown and Flown
by Melissa Fenton
October 18, 2019

Perspectives: Food, Fun and Conversation – The Recipe for a Great Family Meal
On the Table National Learning Network
October 7, 2019

Eat, Laugh, Talk! The Family Dinner Playbook with Bri DeRosa of The Family Dinner Project
Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast
October 4, 2019

Recipes and Tips for Memorable Family Mealtimes
Liz’s Healthy Table Podcast
October 2, 2019

5 Questions for Anne Fishel
American Psychological Association
by Zara Greenbaum
October 1, 2019

Benefits of Eating Together as a Family
The Rhode Show
October 1, 2019

How to Make Family Dinner More Manageable
by Erin Zammett Ruddy
September 12, 2019

How Family Breakfasts Became the New Family Dinner
by Belinda Luscombe
September 5, 2019

Taking Back the Family Dinner: How We Created a Mealtime Renaissance
The Washington Post
by Anna Norberg
August 20, 2019

The Benefits of Family Dinners
The Sentinel News
by Tami L. Johnson
June 20, 2019

Reviving the Family Dinner
The San Francisco Bay View
by Diana Hembree
June 17, 2019

The Family Dinner Project Wants to Help You Make Communal Meals Happen
Civil Eats
by Yasmeen Wafai
June 14, 2019

The Benefits of Family Dinners
The Lisa Valentine Clark Show
BYU Radio
June 13, 2019

Everyone Knows the Benefits of Meal-Sharing. Here’s How to Actually Do It.
Yes Magazine
by Yasmeen Wafai
June 6, 2019

Sunday Dinner: The Family Tradition We Need to Bring Back
NBC News
by Ronnie Koenig
May 5, 2019

Having Dinner as a Family Has Many Benefits
Palm Beach Daily News
by Kim Doleatto
April 22, 2019

The Family Dinner Project with Dr. Anne Fishel
Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast
by Marie Fiebach
March 29, 2019

The Little Things Matter: Family Dinner for Co-Parents
by Dave Chartier
February 6, 2019

Family Meals Falling by the Wayside? Time for The Family Dinner Project
Stress Health
by Diana Hembree
February 5, 2019

Family Dinners with Dr. Anne Fishel
For The Sake of the Child Podcast
November 20, 2018

The Best Place to Connect with Kids: The Dinner Table
Caitlin Mullen
November 9, 2018

Mark Your Calendars for The Family Dinner Project Family Meals
Char-Koosta News
November 1, 2018

5 Realistic Ways to Get the Most Out of Family Dinnertime

The Huffington Post
by Taylor Pittman
September 13, 2018

Make the Most of the Family Table
NY Times
by Tara Parker-Pope
August 4, 2018

Here’s What Parents Should Really Do About Kids Who are Picky Eaters
ABC News
by Dr. Neha Chaudhary
July 31, 2018

How to Make Family Meals the Best Part of Your Day
PBS Parents
by Suzanne Bouffard
July 2018

Development at the Dinner Table
Daily Press
by April Cross
July 11, 2018

Serene Suppers
WebMD Magazine
by Erin O’Donnell
June 2018

Why Family Dinners Matter, Even if They Break the Mold
A Plus
by Anna Papachristos
April 23, 2018

Mangia, Mangia — Just Not Alone
Harvard Ed Magazine
by Lory Hough
January 22, 2018

The Family Meal Can Be Stress Free for Everyone
Abilene R-C
by Meta West
December 14, 2017

Family Meals Serve Up Better Behaved Kids
US News Health
by Robert Preidt
December 14, 2017

Solano Coalition for Better Health: Give the Gift of Good Health
Vallejo Times Herald
by Lisa Larsen
December 7, 2017

Dine In on December 3
Michigan State University Extension
by Sarah Sleziak-Johnson
November 27, 2017

Bring on the Family Traditions
Salt Lake Tribune
by Holly Richardson
October 6, 2017

The Benefits of Family Dinner (and 5 Easy Ways to Make it a Priority)
by Susan B. Noyes
June 16, 2017

Eat Together: Have a Healthier Family
by Helen Lammers-Helps
March 3, 2017

How Family Dinners Improve Overall Health (VIDEO)
February 2, 2017

Why Family Dinners are so Important
by Lauren Vespoli
April 11, 2016

Are Picky Eaters Born or Made?
The Boston Globe
by Alyssa Giacobbe
February 24, 2016

The Costs of Inequality
The Harvard Gazette
by Corydon Ireland
February 15, 2016

Ways to Bring the Family Together for Dinner
by Meredith Cunningham
February 3, 2016

Taking the Stress Out of Family Dinners
The Takeaway/National Public Radio
by John Hockenberry
January 28, 2016

Food for Thought: Family Dinner Project Encourages Better Quality of Life, Choices
The Recorder
by Richie Davis
December 7, 2015

10 Healthy Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season
Boston Magazine
by Jamie Ducharme
December 1, 2015

Five Myths About Family Dinner
The Washington Post
by Anne Fishel
November 25, 2015

The Family Dinner Project is Trying to Spread the Benefit of Family Meals
Boston Magazine
by Jamie Ducharme
November 24, 2015

Expert Roundtable: The Psychological Benefits of Thanksgiving DinnerThe Conversation
by Barbara Friese, Anne Fishel, Bill Doherty and Janine Roberts
November 24, 2015

Study Says Eating as a Family is Healthier than Eating Alone
The Boston Globe
by Ami Albernaz
November 23, 2015

Anne Fishel, Home for Dinner
Live Happy Podcast/Livehappy.com
November 20, 2015

How to Raise a Voracious Reader
Usable Knowledge
by Bari Walsh
November 9, 2015

Dinnertime Storytelling Makes Kids Voracious Readers
The Conversation
by Anne Fishel
September 15, 2016

This school year, my kids and I will eat better
The Providence Journal
by Carrie Simonelli
August 31, 2015

The Brood: The state of the family dinner
Take Two/KPCC National Public Radio
by Charlotte Duren
August 25, 2015

Meal-Delivery Start-Ups Take Aim at Your Dinner
The New York Times
by Nick Bilton
August 18, 2015

Cooking, Enjoying Family Dinners Feeds a Range of Benefits
By Kellie B. Gormley
March 17, 2015

Why You Should Let Your Kids Play with Their Food
By Dr. Anne Fishel
January 27, 2015

Schools Invite Kids to Stay for Supper
by Emily Scheie
January 20, 2015

Book Review for Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun and Conversation
Seattle Post Intelligencer/Seattlepi.com
January 14, 2015

Five Ways to Make Eating Dinner Together as a Family a Regular Ritual
JNJParents (Johnson & Johnson)
January 12, 2015

The Most Important Thing You Can Do with Your Kids? Eat Dinner with Them
By Dr. Anne Fishel
The Washington Post
January 12, 2015

Science Says: Eat with Your Kids
by Dr. Anne Fishel
The Conversation
January 9, 2015

Book Review: ‘Home for Dinner’: An Impossible Dream?
by David M. Kinchen
January 7, 2015

Eight Reasons to Sit Down Together as  Family
By Dr. Anne Fishel
January 7, 2015

Get Family Talking at Mealtime
by Heidi Stevens
The Chicago Tribune
January 6, 2015
Review of Dr. Anne Fishel’s book Home for Dinner

Giving Tuesday: A Day of Generosity
by Christopher Smart
The Salt Lake Tribune
November 30, 2014

Instead of Therapy, Put a Little Thanksgiving into Regular Family Dinners
By Anne Fishel
WBUR’s CommonHealth 
November 27, 2014

Raising a Generous Child
by Bari Walsh
Usable Knowledge/Harvard Graduate School of Education
November 12, 2014

Family Meals & Good Attitudes: The Key to Healthy Kids
The Stir.com
October 23, 2014

The Home-cooked Family Dinner: Yes, it’s a burden for mom but is it worthwhile?
by Diana Reese
The Washington Post online
September 8, 2014
Ms. Reese examines the latest debate around family dinners sparked by a research study out of North Carolina University.

Another Positive Effect of Eating Together as a Family
by Liz Klima
The Blaze.com
September 2, 2014
“According to the Family Dinner Project, other positives that come with eating family meals include lower rates of eating disorders and teen pregnancy as well as higher GPAs and self-esteem.

The Most Important Meal of the Day: Family Dinner
by Katie Kelly Bell
August 11, 2014
“So many times I just want the train to slow down so I can catch up, but it won’t. And yet, there is dinner. It is the life raft; the one time all day when we slow down and simply share food together…”

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Have Given Way to the ‘Snackification’ of America
By Jason Best
TakePart.com/Free Range Column
July 4, 2014
“Gathering to eat is about more than just the food…”

Them Bones, Them Bones
by Alissa Lindsey
The Oklahoma Gazette
May 21, 2014
National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month can be year round and family dinners can be part of building healthy kids and healthy families.

The Importance of the Table
by Kristen Howerton
May 10, 2014

The Wretched Table: How Dinner in America Became an Ordeal
by Britt Peterson
Pacific Standard
April 30, 2014

Is Family Dinner a Priority in Your Family?
The Parents Perspective: The blog by the staff of Parents Magazine and Parents.com
April 15, 2014
Reviews the benefits and the research around family dinners and links to The Family Dinner Project website for our “Fun conversation topics, games and activities.”

Do Family Dinners Really Help Your Kids?
By Craig and Mark Kielburger, Co-Founders, Free the Children
HuffPost Living, Canada
February 19, 2014
The authors examine the research behind the benefits of family dinners and highlight The Family Dinner Project website for helpful resources.

5 Ways Causes and Companies Got Together for the Big Game
By Bob McKinnon
Fast Company
February 3, 2014
The Family Breakfast Project is highlighted as an example of how good business and good causes can successfully go hand in hand.

Super Bowl Ads go Healthy: Selling Yogurt with a Steamy Kiss
by Allison Aubrey
NPR’s The Salt
January 31, 2014
Featuring an overview of The Family Breakfast Project, our partnership with Cheerios to help make breakfast easier, more fun and more meaningful for families.

14 Healthy & Happy Habits for 2014
by Catherine Newman
The Charlotte Observer (via FamilyFun Magazine)
January 9, 2014

Thanksgiving Should Inspire More Family Dinners Throughout the Year
by Brendan McLaughlin
ABC ActionNews Tampa
November 26, 2013
A good overview on the benefits of family dinners with a mention of our Food, Fun and Conversation: 4 weeks to Better Family Dinners program, and a fun video clip to boot.

In Defense of Family Dinners Throughout the Year
by Norman B
Life Elsewhere Radio
November 25, 2013
Radio personality Norman B interviews FDP Director John Sarrouf about the importance of family dinners, not just at Thanksgiving but year-round! John’s interview begins about 3 minutes into the podcast.

Giving Tuesday Movement Seeks to Rival Black Friday, Cyber Monday
by Emmilie Buchanan-Whitlock
The Deseret News National Edition
November 22, 2013
The Family Dinner Project’s contribution to #GivingTuesday and the importance of talking about charity with children is highlighted.

Thanksgiving = Thanks + Giving
By Shelly London, FDP founder
Huffington Post
November 21, 2013
Shelly writes about The Family Dinner Project’s efforts to spark conversations about giving at Thanksgiving tables across the country.

The Family Dinner Project’s Involvement in #GivingTuesday on The Street
By Carlton Wilkinson
The Street
November 15, 2013
#GivingTuesday is a campaign to make the Tuesday after Thanksgiving a national day of giving. Reporter Carlton Wilkinson talks about the many ways non-profits are getting involved in #GivingTuesday, highlighting The Family Dinner Project’s mission to spark a national conversation about giving at the family dinner table.

Skip the Screens: Eat Dinner Old-School
By Megan Kaplan
October 2013
Reporter Megan Kaplan interviews Dr. Anne Fishel about making the commitment, dealing with picky eaters and the importance of sitting down with your family.

Fitting in Family Meals
September 2013
ABC News KaalTV.com, Minnesota
Dietitian Jen Haugen, RD of HyVee Supermarket in Austin, Minnesota talks family dinner with ABC News. Jen shows us how easy it is to adapt The Family Dinner Project’s Food, Fun & Conversation: 4 Weeks to Better Family Dinners to suit your needs, and provides a tasty dietitian-approved chicken tender recipe as well!

WGBH Discusses The Science of Happy Families
By Amanda McGowan and Kara Miller
July 12, 2013
WGBHNews.Org/Innovation Hub
Reporter Edgar Herwick interviews John Sarrouf about family dinners in a piece about Bruce Feiler’s book, The Science of Happy Families. Listen to find out how family dinner can contribute to your own family’s happiness!

Taking the Stress Out of Family Dinners
By Mari-Jane Williams
The Washington Post
October 10, 2012
Dr Anne Fishel contributes ideas for reducing tension at the table to The Washington Post. “If the dinner table is too much about criticizing and evaluating and educating and critiquing, it can really take the fun out of the whole experience, and that kind of mood tends to shut things down,” Fishel said.

Family Dinner: Can you teach a Tradition?
By Meredith Bennett-Smith
The Christian Science Monitor Weekly
June 24, 2012
The Family Dinner Project’s first Community Dinner Series in Lynn, MA is profiled in The Christian Science Monitor Weekly. Reporter Meredith Bennett-Smith describes the event and interviews Director John Sarrouf about The Family Dinner Project’s work in communities.

‘Ask the Expert’ Discusses the Many Benefits of Family Dinner
By Margie R Skeer
May 22, 2012
Assistant professor Margie R Skeer from Tufts’ Department of Public Health and Community Medicine answers the question: Does eating meals together as a family help steer kids away from risky behaviors? Turns out it’s what happens at the table that matters most, rather than the meals themselves.

Better Homes & Gardens Features The Family Dinner Project 
Better Homes & Gardens
April 2012
“The Meal Deal” explains that eating regular family dinner is important, and The Family Dinner Project can help.

The Boston Globe Profiles The Family Dinner Project
By Erica Noonan
The Boston Globe
September 22, 2011
Reporter Erica Noonan gives readers an in-depth look at The Family Dinner Project. Speaking with Director John Sarrouf, Founder Shelly London, and one of the original project families, Noonan examines the scientific benefits and daily challenges of family dinners.

Inside Higher Ed Discusses Community Dinners at Southern Vermont College
By Doug Lederman
Inside Higher Ed
August 30, 2011
How can colleges help students create meaningful connections to their communities? One solution is to hold Community Dinners, which pair current college students with families and teenagers looking for advice on the college experience. Inside Higher Ed explores how The Family Dinner Project and Southern Vermont College have partnered to create a series of remarkable Community Dinner events.

WBUR’s Public Radio Kitchen Blog Talks to Family Dinner Expert Dr. Anne Fishel
By Sue McCrory, Public Radio Kitchen Blog
90.9, Boston’s NPR News Station
July 30, 2011
Dr. Anne Fishel chats with Boston’s NPR station about the importance of family dinners. Dr. Fishel is a regular presence on our website, providing helpful dinnertime tips on her Food for Thought blog. When sharing advice, Dr. Fishel draws on her experience as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, the Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Mass General Hospital, and a mother of two.

KYW Newsradio Reports on The Family Dinner Project
Reported By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
KYW Newsradio
May 24, 2011
Philadelphia’s news radio station reports on the success of The Family Dinner Project’s pilot program, which helped 15 diverse families improve their dinner habits over a 4-month period. The report also discusses The Family Dinner Project’s current work and ambitious future plans.

Family Meals with ParentsCanada.com
By Anne Bokma
November, 2010
In an age of working parents, over-scheduled kids, and numerous electronic distractions, finding time to have family dinner can feel daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! Talking with ParentsCanada.com, Dr. Anne Fishel offers some practical advice on how to have more frequent — and more meaningful — family dinners together.