Family Mealtime is a Must
If you had 1 more hour in your day, what would you do with it? Perhaps you take that hour and dedicate it to having one more meal at home with your family. September celebrates National Family Meals Month™ and we’re excited to join the #familymealsmonth movement with many others around the country.
Currently, adults say they eat about 59% of their meals together.1 Parents, specifically, express wanting to do so more. Among parents who say they miss some dinners during the week, 86% say they are taking steps to eat with their child more.1
Eating together is worth the effort. Family mealtime is associated with physical, social, and mental health benefits. In fact, regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits, and less risky behavior. And eating at home can be a win-win for both your pocketbook and your waistline, with research showing that people who eat more home-cooked meals consume about 130 fewer calories per day, on average.2
As the school year starts up again and we get back in a routine, make the effort to enjoy family meals throughout the week. Need ideas? Check out our Meals In Minutes Cookbook for great family recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less! We also have many other meal ideas on CelebrateMore.com/dietitians.
Want a chance to win some FREE GROCERIES to help you celebrate #familymealsmonth!? Here’s how:
- Snap a photo of your family meal
- Share on Facebook or Instagram!
Tag us and use the hashtag #familymealsmonth
Happy National Family Meals Month!
Amy, RD, LD