Date posted: January 8, 2018
Does your family try to share a meal or snack at least once a day? With busy schedules, families can find it challenging to schedule time to eat together. But, the many benefits of eating together make it worth making a plan.
Over the past 15 years researchers have confirmed what parents have known for a long time: sharing a family meal is good for the spirit, the brain and the health of all family members. Recent studies link regular family dinners with many behaviors that parents pray for: lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression, as well as higher grade-point averages and self-esteem. Studies also indicate that dinner conversation is a more potent vocabulary-booster than reading, and the stories told around the kitchen table help our children build resilience. The icing on the cake is that regular family meals also lower the rates of obesity and eating disorders in children and adolescents. What else can families do that takes only about an hour a day and packs such a punch?
For more information about how to organize family dinners and tips for mealtime conversations, click:
Sharing Food, Creating Fun – a leaflet from Vancouver Coastal Health
The Benefits of Eating Together for Children and Families – information from HealthLinkBC available in several languages
Decoda’s theme for Family Literacy Week 2018 is What’s On My Plate?, with a focus on healthy eating and literacy.