Take Time for Family Mealtime

With the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s still important to take time to eat meals with your family. When you have family meals together, you are making positive memories. And research shows many benefits of family mealtime.
 
Families are more likely to eat a nutritious meal when they eat together. Children who eat with their families are likely to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Research shows adolescents are also less likely to smoke, drink, and use illegal drugs during their teen years if their family eats meals together regularly. Enjoying meals together enhances family communication and improves manners.
 
Enjoy meals with your family whether it’s around the kitchen table, at a restaurant where you can talk together, or spreading a blanket on the living room floor for an indoor picnic. The important factor is to eat together and share conversation.
 
Don’t know what to talk about when you’re eating together?  Make a list of questions to get the conversation flowing. Order Conversation Cards (EDC 0248) online or pick up a set at your local ISU Extension Office.

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