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Prepare & Eat Meals
Together as a Family


  • As much as possible, try preparing and eating meals together as a family. Family dinners are linked to reduced risk of childhood obesity, and it's a great way to set a good example for children. It also brings families together for good conversations.

  • We're more likely to make healthy eating choices when we eat with others and when possible, as a family, instead of individually or in front of the TV.

  • Studies have shown that regular family dinners are linked with better grades and increased self-esteem among children, as well as reduced risk of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders, and depression.


  • Try to set a standard family meal time, even just a few times each week, to eat together.

  • Try out new recipes by cooking all together as a family.

  • It can be hard to find the time to cook and eat meals together as a family. Try preparing large dishes like stews or casseroles so that you can save leftovers for another night.

  • Include everyone in the meal preparation. Here are some activities that kids can help with in the kitchen:

    • Rinsing fruits & vegetables

    • Sprinkling spices and other toppings

    • Stirring ingredients

    • Menu planning and shopping

    • Setting and clearing the table

    • Measuring ingredients (this is also a great way for kids to practice math lessons!)


  • Try these 30 recipes you can make in just 30 minutes!

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