Eating together as a family can be one of the best things you can do for your family’s health and well-being.

It might be hard to find the time for everyone to sit down together without the distractions of electronic devices, but the benefits are endless! This is the time for your family to reconnect, talk about their day and see what is happening in everyone’s life. Set a goal that 4-7 meals out of the week are spent with the whole family sitting down together.

Studies have shown that having regular family meals can:

  • Lower rates of obesity
  • Lower rates of eating disorders
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower rates of substance abuse
  • Lower rates of teen pregnancy
  • Raise grade point averages
  • Create higher self-esteem
  • Increase vocabulary
  • Increase the amount of vegetables eaten
  • Make kids more likely to try new foods 
  • Reduce stress

Tips for family meal times:

  • Turn off the TV and cell phone
  • Find easy and quick meals to prepare 
  • Make family meal time a routine – this provides a feeling of stability
  • Even if family meal time might seem hectic or disorganized, it creates a feeling of closeness and comfort