The New Canaan YMCA recently hosted Family Dinner Night with more than 150 community members in attendance. The evening started with a family-style dinner, and was followed by a mountain bike stunt show performed by Chris Clark.

Clark works with Athletes Who Say No. The mission of the organization is to encourage children to find activities and hobbies that inspire them to constantly improve as a means to keep themselves focused, healthy, and on the path to success.

Family Dinner Night, now in its sixth year, is inspired by "Family Day," a national movement that informs parents that the engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America's kids substance free.

According to the Search Institute, families that eat together generally eat more nutritiously, have teens that are less likely to be involved in risky behavior, have children with better language skills and academic scores, have a lower obesity rate, teach children to enjoy a variety of foods, and generally have better relationships with each other and their community.

For more upcoming events at the New Canaan YMCA, visit www.newcanaanymca.org.

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