Family Meals


Make having meals together as a family a priority


The best strategy for improving a child’s diet is simply putting food on the table and sitting down together to eat.”
~New York Times

Family meals have a positive impact on the health and well-being of families and individuals. Today’s families have limited time to eat together.

What are the benefits of family meal time?


Mentally

  • Increasing grade point averages
  • Improving vocabulary
  • More motivation at school

Emotionally

  • Decreasing depression
  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Stronger sense of belonging and security
  • Limiting family tension
  • Decreasing behavioral problems

Physically

  • Lowers obesity rates
  • Less eating disorders
  • Limits the use of cigarettes, alcohol, and other drugs
  • Delayed sexual activity in youth

Socially

  • Better adjusted adolescents
  • Improved communication
  • Development of values and traditions
  • Strengthened family bonds
  • Less violence
  • Stronger family relationships
  • Children who grow up sharing family meals are more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness and respect.
  • Adolescents are less likely to show symptoms of violence, depression and suicide, less likely to run away, and less likely to engage in risky behavior or delinquent acts.

Nutritionally

  • People who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories
  • More fruits, vegetables, calcium, iron, fiber, and vitamins
  • Proven to fight obesity

For more information visit the following sites:

Source: http://choosehealth.utah.gov/your-health/healthy-eating/family-meals.php

 

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