Family Meals Month

#RaiseYourMit this September!

 

Fall is upon us, which means early mornings and busy schedules for you and your family. Remember to take extra time this month to spend time with your family, and enjoy an easy home cooked meal.

Why family meals?  Research shows a family that eats together is a happier, healthier family. More specifically, children from families who regularly dine together are less likely to be overweight and are more likely to eat healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables. They are also more likely succeed in school and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking and drinking. 

Following these tips will help gather your family around the table:

  • Family meal times do not only have to be in the evening.  Try sitting down together for breakfast in the morning or for lunch on the weekends, if that is more convenient.
  • There is no need to spend hours in the kitchen to experience the benefits of family meals. If you don’t have time to cook, stop by your local Family Fare and grab a rotisserie chicken and serve it with a salad kit, fresh fruit, and slices of whole grain bread. 
  • Try involving other family members in preparing the meal such as allow your children to set the table or mix up the salad.  This can save you time and increase the likelihood of mealtime participation.
  • When possible, keep meals at a consistent time and day of the week so that family members can plan activities around meals.
  • To get the most out of family mealtimes, turn off the TV and encourage family members to shut off smart phones and other distractions.  Ask each other about your days and interests to create conversation. 

Happy #Familymealsmonth!
-Nathan, Louise, and Stephanie
Your Regional Wellness Specialists