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6 Ways to Bring Back Family Meals (Video)

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Studies show that eating together improves relationships and makes for healthier, happier families. In this clip from Nourish, pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke encourages us to make time for shared meals at home. How do you make the most of family mealtime?

Why Mealtime Matters
The family meal has undergone dramatic changes over the last century. Today, “50 percent of meals are eaten outside the home, 20 percent in cars,” says Dr. Burke, medical director of the San Francisco Bayview Child Health Center. But there are many good reasons to bring back family meals.

Sharing and connecting over a home-cooked meal offers health benefits for families, especially children. Cooking at home teaches nutrition and ensures that healthy, whole foods wind up on your family’s plates. Having reliable mealtimes helps children steer clear of junk foods and snacking.

Mealtime strengthens family bonds and offers many social benefits, as well. Conversing at the dinner table nourishes communication skills and emotional intelligence in children. According to an annual report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, teens who eat family dinners at least five times a week perform better in school and are less likely to experiment with smoking, drinking, and drugs.

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Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. To inform and inspire the largest number of people, Nourish combines PBS television, curriculum resources, web content, short films, and teacher and youth seminars. Nourish is a program of WorldLink, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education for sustainability.

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2:43PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Nice tips for everyone.

7:06AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Thanks.

3:22PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Couldn't agree more!

2:41PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

thanks

8:22AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Good read.

4:53AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

I've always hated family meals. They are a torture!

7:56AM PDT on Jul 4, 2011

It would be easier to have family meals if there were more intact families...most kids alas, these days are in families that are broken and blended and ruined by stepfamily drama.

7:53AM PDT on Jul 1, 2011

thanks for the article.

12:51PM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Imagine that, and what do you think that group of strangers would have to say to one another, "i sure miss McBarfs", "if you really loved me, you would take me to Taco Smells", "my real dad lets me have whatever i want".

Is a lost war actually worth fighting for.

12:37AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Thank you for the article.

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