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?


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


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


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


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

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

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    The Food$ense Program at Utah State University provides ideas to make family mealtimes realistic and enjoyable, including quick mealtime ideas.

    Eat Together, Eat Better Resource Toolkit from Washington State University, provides resources for supporting  families to enjoy family meals and develop healthy habits.

  • 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.