Research shows that teens are less likely to drink, smoke or use drugs when they feel their parents are actively involved in their lives. That’s why, for the 16th consecutive year, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) is inviting parents, businesses, and community organizations to celebrate Family Day on Monday, Sept. 25.

“Today more than ever, parents need to take an active role in protecting their children from the harms of drug use,” said Joseph J. Plumeri, executive chairman of CASA. “Family Day reminds us that the most important thing we can do for our kids is to get to know them, spend time with them, and start talking to them when they’re young. Being a parent is hard, but spending time with your kids is one simple thing any parent can do to guarantee they have a bright future.”

To celebrate Family Day, parents and kids may consider eating dinner together; asking open-ended questions; playing a board game; going for a walk; or doing everyday tasks together such as cooking, cleaning or running errands. Families are encouraged to share photos on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MyFamilySelfie. Parents can also download the Family Day Parent Toolkit for other fun suggestions.

What started in 2001 as a grassroots initiative to inform parents about the benefits of frequent family dinners is now a national movement reaching over 33,000 community groups across the country. Family Day has partnered with numerous organizations to promote its message to parents about how everyday activities, like sharing a meal, playing a game, or asking about their day, can make a difference in the life of a child. With support from community leaders, Major League Baseball teams and presenting sponsors – Quest Diagnostics and The Coca-Cola Company – Family Day helps communities prevent teen substance use.

Read our 2015 interview with Joseph A. Califano, Jr. former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) and founder of the The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), to learn more about CASAColumbia’s work and why the road to a drug-free America starts at the dinner table.