Laurie David likes tackling big issues. She’s a longtime passionate advocate when it comes to raising awareness on the issue of climate change, with a resume to prove it: Producer of the Academy Award–winning film An Inconvenient Truth and other films, and co-author of award-winning books like The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, written especially for kids. 

The Family DinnerNow she’s taking on another big issue: the wellbeing of the American family. Inspired by her own experience raising two girls (now teenagers), David’s newest book, The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time (Hybrid Nation, 2010), is a practical, inspiring gem that every family can benefit from reading.

Chockfull of kid-approved, simple, healthy recipes, the book also guides parents on setting the scene for successful (and green) gatherings; table games guaranteed to foster fun, meaningful communication; tips on getting kids in on the cooking; ways to offer gratitude; and much more.

Over-scheduling and the 24/7 pull of new technology makes connected parenting even harder these days than when she started daily family dinners a decade ago, says David. But research now shows that regular family dinners are linked to better grades, less substance abuse problems, better social adjustment—and healthier eating habits, a boon in the face of our country’s growing child obesity epidemic.

Hear more inspiring ideas on how to bring joy, richness, and health to your family—around the dinner table—during Laurie David’s session, on Saturday, September 24, from 9 am -10 am in Room 308. Book signing to follow.