Eat Together as a Family to Create Better Eating Habits

Eat Together as a Family

While finding time to enjoy meals together gets trickier for families every day, research continues to demonstrate family meals are a great way to promote healthy family eating habits.

According to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, eating together as a family during adolescence is associated with lasting positive effects on dietary quality in young adulthood.

The researchers found adolescents who ate with their families grow up to be healthier adults who eat more fruit, dark-green and orange vegetables and key nutrients and consume fewer soft drinks.

Frequency of family meals also predicts girls would eat breakfast as adults. Among boys, family meals predict higher intakes of calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber as adults.

Family meals don't need to be complicated or time-consuming — the key is eating together.

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  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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