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Grace R. Freedman, Ph.D.
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Grace R. Freedman, Ph.D. is the founder and Executive Director of, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health benefits of family meals. is committed to helping parents make regular family meals a priority and to better understanding the challenges parents face. The organization holds workshops, conducts research, and promotes its findings, and those of academic research centers, public health organizations and foundations, via social and traditional media. Dr. Freedman’s previous research and academic experience includes work at Columbia University, the New York Academy of Medicine and New York University on issues ranging from public health and medicine collaborations, assessing the quality of social and medical services for people living with HIV/AIDS and disaster preparedness. For the past five years, she has focused her writing and advocacy on issues relating to the food system and health, including access to affordable and nutritious food, encouraging healthy behaviors in children and adults, positive family dynamics and ways to combat childhood obesity.

Dr. Freedman holds a doctorate degree in Sociomedical Sciences (joint degree Public Health and Political Science) from Columbia University and is a published author of several books, monographs and scholarly articles. She is the mother of three children, whose ages range from kindergartener to teen, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

You can follow Dr. Freedman on Twitter (@eatdinner) and at

Blog Entries by Grace R. Freedman, Ph.D.

Feel-Good Family Dinner: Myth or Reality?

Posted June 2, 2011 | 16:08:17 (EST)

Help us find out with The Family Dinner Survey.

Family dinner: the very words suggest the nostalgic image of happy families sitting around the table, sharing stories and building memories. In reality, family dinner is a lightening-rod issue and a source of guilt for many parents. While some...

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The Power of Family Dinner to Fight Childhood Obesity

Posted March 30, 2011 | 09:38:28 (EST)

Thanks to Michelle Obama and many public health advocates, much-needed attention has been directed to the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. Many possible interventions have been raised, including programs for healthier school lunches, more opportunities for play and recess, and less consumption of processed, poor quality foods.


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