Healthy Living Through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program

Family Meals

The best strategy for improving a child’s diet is simply putting food on the table and sitting down together to eat.” 
~New York Times

Family meals have a positive impact on the health and well-being of families and individuals. Today’s families have limited time to eat together.

How is family mealtime saving the world?

Mentally

  • Increasing grade point averages
  • Improving vocabulary
  • More motivation at school

    Emotionally

  • Decreasing depression
  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Stronger sense of belonging and security
  • Limiting family tension
  • Decreasing behavioral problems

    Physically

  • Lowers obesity rates
  • Less eating disorders
  • Limits the use of cigarettes, alcohol, and other drugs

    Socially

  • Better adjusted adolescents
  • Improved communication
  • Development of values and traditions
  • Strengthened family bonds
  • Less violence

    Nutritionally
    Healthier foods consumed
    More fruits, vegetables, calcium, iron, fiber, and vitamins

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    Learn more about family meals through this video on Family Mealtime and tips and ideas on how to make them a part of your family life. Set a goal of eating together as a family once a day, involve all family members, and make it a meaningful time.

    A great resource for family meals is The Power of Family Meals website. This will help you get tools, tips and advice that will help you create mealtime traditions of your own. And for additional help, check out Table Time: How Parents and Kids Can Make Family Meals Count.