This September marks the fourth annual National Family Meals Month which the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation launched to encourage Americans to strive for just one more family meal per week at home. Over this short period of time, the movement has grown to include approximately 200 partners (food retailers, manufacturers and community organizations) and an annual tracking study by The Nielsen Company shows that the drive is having a significant impact. According to Nielsen, among those who saw the campaign, 84% took action such as eating together more as a family and cooking more meals at home.
In honor of National Water Safety Month, a national survey commissioned by Swimways Corp., a leading pool and outdoor recreational products manufacturer, revealed that more than 4 out of 5 parents understand that learning to swim by age 5 increases a child's self-confidence. However, 88% of parents were unaware that learning to swim before age 5 can also aid in the development of mathematical skills. In addition, the survey found that only 14% of parents understand that swimming can help develop oral expression, and less than half of those surveyed understood that swimming can boost children's social skills.
Global health service company Cigna released results from a national survey exploring the impact of loneliness in the United States. The survey, conducted in partnership with market research firm, Ipsos, revealed that most American adults are considered lonely.
"The value of reading to our kids — for them and us — is reinforced by the growing body of research on the topic. Just last week, a meta-analysis of 19 studies published in the journal Pediatrics found that reading aloud was significantly beneficial to children and their parents."