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The Importance of Taking Time to Make and Eat Meals Together

5d2b2570-98cf-4be6-9f43-2ad1448f19bd_B320The busy Christmas Season is upon us!  As we work to put together our Monday Morning Make-Over spot (and it is almost afternoon!), we came across this article that shows how important it is for a healthy family to take time to have meals together.

This morning we look at a recent article from Leslie Beck that outlines The American Journal of Preventative Medicine’s finds that link preparing food at home with eating healthier.   This article found here  is a great reminder this crisp December day to schedule time at home with your family to eat meals together.  There will be so many extra rich foods and unhealthy temptations throughout the month of December, it is important to take the time to prepare healthy meals with our families.

Additional findings also suggest that families are spending more and more time eating alone then with their family.  Dr. Mercola, in his September 20, 2014 blog post found that kids who eat meals with their families not only have less obesity, but also fewer psychosocial and behavioral problems—the benefits are truly profound. For example, teens who eat with their families at least five times a week are 40 percent more likely to get A’s and B’s in school than their peers who don’t share family meals. They’re also 42 percent less likely to drink alcohol, 59 percent less likely to smoke cigarettes, 66 percent less likely to try marijuana, and tend to be less depressed.

Other research shows that with each additional family dinner, adolescents have:

  • Higher self-esteem and life satisfaction
  • More trusting and helpful behaviors toward others and better relationships with their parents
  • Better vocabulary and academic performance
  • Lower teen pregnancy rates and truancy
  • Increased resilience to stress

A copy of Dr. Merocla’s blog post can be found here. 

This Monday take a look at your busy calendar and make sure to schedule in those family meals, you won’t regret it.

Happy Monday!

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