Resolve to Eat More Meals as a Family

If you have children at home, having regular meals together is one way you can improve their health and academic performance.  Iowa State University staff review the research behind the benefits of family meals and tips for putting family meals into practice in a blog called Family Meal Time and a publication called Say “Yes” to Family Meals.

Even if you are single or have no children at home, I think eating with someone has benefits.   When I share a meal with friends or family it usually has food from most, if not all, the food groups.  Plus, I think I eat smaller portions. Sometimes when I eat alone I choose popcorn and a diet soda.  When I eat alone I do not have the opportunity to discuss what is happening in the community around me.  Instead the TV is on or I am reading the paper while eating.


Family meals or a meal with another is something to consider for your New Year’s Resolution.  To give it a better chance to becoming a habit, develop your idea into a S.M.A.R.T. goal.


4 thoughts on “Resolve to Eat More Meals as a Family

  1. Hi

    This is valuable information as the value of family meals is greatly underestimated.

    A study published by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University last year found essentially that “family dinners get better with practice – the less often a family eats together, the worse the experience is likely to be, the less healthy the food and the more meager the talk.” It was also found that teenagers who eat with their families at least five times a week are more likely to get better grades in school and much less likely to have substance abuse problems.

    Following the SMART Goals set out in the post above is well worth the effort as it will not only lead to regular nutritious meals but also improve bonding of all family members.



  2. I live alone and i can relate with what you say about my meals not being the quality that they should be. Thank you for putting up the SMART goals. This is a good time of year to get started.

  3. I do have children at home and I started doing family meals about a year ago and we have all seen a drastic change in weight and energy. I highly recommend it. What helped was a basic food cost software program that I put all my recipes in so I knew how to keep our calorie intake down.

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