People who eat with family and friends tend to eat better. Studies have shown that children and adolescents who sit down to eat with their families have a reduced risk of overweight and obesity, better school performance, less behavioural problems and enhanced communication skills.
Tips for Eating Together:
- Schedule mealtime and make it a routine.
- Plan simple meals to prepare. To avoid the meal time rush, look for recipes that you can prepare in advance.
- Remember to include vegetables and fruit in your meals.
- Offer a variety of healthy foods including something that each person at the table will like to eat.
- Focus on family! Turn off the television and take phone calls later. Talk together. Be sure that everyone has a chance to speak and be heard. Leave discipline and lectures for another time so that mealtime can be an enjoyable experience that everyone looks forward to.
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