There’s a nationwide obesity epidemic, especially in children and teens, and a lot of that has to do with unhealthy eating and lack of food preparation knowledge. Research has shown that the whole family benefits from family mealtime by having better nutrition, improving family communication, fostering family traditions, and teaching life skills, such as meal planning, budgeting, and food preparation.
Here are some tips for “dining in”.
Make family meals a priority and agree upon a schedule.
Try to have regular family meals two to three times per week.
If dinner doesn’t work, try breakfast or snacks.
Keep meals simple. Slow cookers save time in the evening.
Make family meals fun and involve children in the preparation.
Eliminate distractions like cell phone and TV.
Eat slowly and enjoy your time as a family.
Since 2014, more than 400,000 people have committed to “Dining In” on Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Day! Commit to being one of them this year. Sign in at Sign up Dine In Day and enjoy a device free meal with your family.
Take a photo of your family preparing a healthy meal and post it to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram using #FCSday and #healthyfamselfie.
Ask your friends and family to “Dine In.”
Pin your favorite family meal recipes to a “Dining In” Pinterest board.