Family Meals

The best strategy for improving a child’s diet is simply putting food on the table and sitting down together to eat.”¬†
~New York Times

Family meals have a positive impact on the health and well-being of families and individuals. Today’s families have limited time to eat together.

How is family mealtime saving the world?


  • Increasing grade point averages
  • Improving vocabulary
  • More motivation at school


  • Decreasing depression
  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Stronger sense of belonging and security
  • Limiting family tension
  • Decreasing behavioral problems


  • Lowers obesity rates
  • Less eating disorders
  • Limits the use of cigarettes, alcohol, and other drugs


  • Better adjusted adolescents
  • Improved communication
  • Development of values and traditions
  • Strengthened family bonds
  • Less violence


  • Healthier foods consumed
  • More fruits, vegetables, calcium, iron, fiber, and vitamins

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Learn more about family meals through this video on Family Mealtime and tips on how to make them a part of your family life. Set a goal of eating together as a family once a day, involve all family members, and make it a meaningful time.

The Food$ense Program at Utah State University provides ideas to make family mealtimes realistic and enjoyable, including quick mealtime ideas. Food$ense also provides information on getting the most nutritious bang for your buck on's a SNAP, Eat Well Utah and Table For One. The USU Extension through Live Well Utah has also made a cookbook available full of healthy recipes and tips for a successful family mealtime.

The Snappily Ever After blog offers valuable nutritional help and budget friendly cooking strategies for families.

Eat Together, Eat Better Resource Toolkit from Washington State University, provides resources for supporting  families to enjoy family meals and develop healthy habits.

A message on family meals from Utah Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox