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A Case for Family Meals

A CASE FOR FAMILY CO MEALS OF TEENAGERS 79% indicated that they very much enjoy eating meals together with their family. 35% ONLY of fam ilies actually achieve daily family тeals. OF PARENTS 98% agree that having one fam ily тeal per day is important. 26% 8% Everyone wants something different, so you have to cook 40% several meals. Family doesn't No time to cook, want to eat especially healthy meals. together. 12% Healthy recipes are too complicated. BARRIERS TO HEALTHY FAMILY 19%. MEALTIMES Family doesn't like healthy meals. 41% Too "on the go." 27% Healthy meals 26% cost too much. Other CHILDREN WHO MEALS BENEFIT FROM: HAVE REGULAR FAMILY IMPROVED VOCABULARY HEALTHIER BODY MASS INDEX Conversat ions that occur around the dinner table Kids who have fam ily meals "most" or "every day" are 15% less likely to be overweight compared to those who eat fam ily dinner "never" or "some days." help children with vocabulary and different forms of discourse (even more than reading to them). BETTER GRADES Teens who have dinner with fam ily 7 times per STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS week are 40% more likely to receive A's and B's in Children who learn about their family history school compared to teens that have fam ily dinners through fam ily meals and other interactions have a closer relationship to family members, higher self-esteem, and a greater sense of control over two or fewer times per week. their own lives. DECREASED DRUG USE IMPROVED NUTRITION Teens who eat dinner with their parents 6 or 7 times Family meals are associated with improved intake of per week are three times less likely to smoke marijua- fruits, vegetables, grains, calcium-rich foods, protein, iron, fiber, and vitamins A, C, E, B-6 and foliate. na and two times less likely to drink alcohol as those who have family dinners twice a week or less. IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH Kids who eat dinner with their families at least 5 times per week are less likely to take drugs, feel depressed or get into trouble. Frequent family meals also help protect against some of the negative effects of bullying, including decreased mental health and damaging behavior. FAMILIES BENEFIT, TOO THE TRANSMISSION OF VALUES AND ATTITUDES FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT Children can learn from parents and grandparents about values that are important to the family. They can also connect with their cultural and ethnic heritage through unique foods and traditions. IMPROVED SENSE OF FAMILY UNITY Regular meals help families carry on traditions such as sharing a favorite dish on someone's birthday or going to a favored restaurant for special occasions. DAILY COMMUNICATION AND STRENGTHENED CONNECTIONS Family meals allow parents an opportunity to be more involved in their children's lives by becoming aware of their moods, behaviors, and activities with friends. SOURCES fixed. http://www.cfs. cff/documents /promoting_meals /spellsuccessfactsheet.pdf /health-and-nutrition/welchs_kitchen_table_report.pdf?sfvrsn=0 17/ dinners-fight-bullying / phicposter by ASSURANT ASSURANT Solutions

A Case for Family Meals

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According to an article published by North Dakota State University, 79 percent of teenagers indicated that they very much enjoy eating meals with their family.



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