Many  have  special traditions that they look forward to.  Traditions may be passed down from grandparents, to parents, to their children.  But families can start new traditions at any time! Traditions might center around a particular food or recipe, an activity that the family likes to do together, or enjoying a hobby like gardening together. 

Maryland SNAP-Ed is about to release a new storybook called A Family Recipe. The story follows  a classroom of students that have a special assignment: to learn about family traditions. Through conversations with elder family members, they make important connections about how traditions can support lifelong health.

Students at partnering schools will receive a copy of this book to read with your family.  Not a SNAP-Ed school? You can still enjoy reading the book online - we’ll announce the book’s release on the Eat Smart blog in late April.

In the meantime, talk with your child at the dinner table about some of your favorite traditions that you have from your childhood.  Is it something that you can continue on with your own family? Do you have healthy activities that you do as a family that could become traditions?

Stay tuned to our blog for the official release of our book and on our Facebook or Instagram page in a few weeks.  We’ll also share a link to read the book, as well as a website with fun activities that your family can do together to create your own traditions. We’re also seeking special family recipes to share across the state. Watch for information on sharing your Family Recipe  for the possibility of being included in our Eat Smart Recipe Database.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram pages now and get ready for a summer of making fun memories together!


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