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. There are a number of reasons to make this a priority:
- Nutritional benefits – shared family meals are more likely to be nutritious, and provide more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and essential vitamins and minerals
- Improved mental, emotional, physical, and social health of children and adults
- Teens who eat regular family meals are less likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs
Set a goal of eating together as a family once a day, involve all family members, and make it a meaningful time.