Family Meals May Reduce Obesity

Researchers followed 2,117 teens over 10 years and compared teen obesity outcomes in families that ate 0, 1-2, 3-4 or 5+ meals together each week. Compared to kids who never ate family meals, ANY number of family meals helped reduce risk of obesity, even 1 day a week. Researchers suggest that family meals provide opportunities…

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Family Meals Help with Fruits and Vegetables

Children in families who regularly eat fruits and vegetables and eat together are more likely to meet the WHO's regular daily intake of five 2.8 oz. servings per day. A study of almost 3000 children in London with an average age of 8.3 years also found that kids ate more when fruits and vegetables where cut…

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The Importance of Family Meals: Reduce Problem Behaviors

This is the seventh blog in a series exploring the benefits of eating meals together as a family.This report comes from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Bisakha Sen, scholar at the Lister Hill Center said, “Increased frequency of family dinners is associated with lower probabilities of all substance-use and running away for females;…

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The Importance of Family Meals: Spending Valuable Time

This is the sixth blog in a series about the benefits of eating meals together as a family.Dr. Anita Gurian of New York University wrote a report about youth development, saying:

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The Importance of Family Meals: Risky Behaviors

This is the fifth blog in a series exploring the benefits of eating meals together as a family.This report is from the School of Medicine of Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. Their report says:

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The Importance of Family Meals: Nutritional Quality

This is the third blog in a series exploring the benefits of eating meals together as a family.A report from the University of Florida says that one of the real benefits of family meals is the opportunity for conversation that it brings (see the last post in this series). The report goes on to reveal…

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The Importance of Family Meals: Planning Mealtime Conversation

This is the second blog in a series that is exploring some benefits of eating meals together as a family.A report from the University of Florida points out that one of the real benefits of family meals is that it gives the opportunity for conversation. There are real benefits to these mealtime conversations.Dinner-time conversation expands…

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The Importance of Family Meals: Intro

Eating meals together as a family is incredibly important. Here is a statement from a report from the University of Florida on this topic:In many of today's households, family dinners have become a thing of the past. With busy schedules held by both parents and children, many families rarely have time to eat dinner together.…

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Families Who Eat Together Get More of the Good Stuff!

Eating the evening meal as a family has been shown to increase the intake of fruits and vegetables, which provide a variety of nutrients and dietary fiber. Families who eat dinner together tend to have a higher consumption of eating the recommended intake of fruit and vegetables. Studies have also shown that families who eat…

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