- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Department of Education is urging families to eat a healthy meal together on Wednesday.

The occasion is the first Family and Consumer Sciences Day, recognizing a discipline that includes areas such as human development, personal and family finance, food science, nutrition and wellness.

The Education Department says benefits to family meals include healthy eating habits and a bond between parents and children; more economical food costs compared with eating out; and improved academic performance, with 52 percent of children receiving mostly A’s or B’s when their families eat dinner together.

The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences launched the first Family and Consumer Sciences Day, with a goal of 200,000 families preparing and eating a healthy meal together on Wednesday.

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