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Meal Time Matters: Celebrate National Family Meals Month!

Jewel Osco Registered Dietitians


Aug 22nd, 2016

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FMMIt’s September – a new school year with new routines.  September is also National Family Meals Month and your Jewel Osco Registered Dietitians believe in the benefits of gathering families around the table.  We’re here to make it easier for you to share one more meal at home per week.  Whether you need a ready-to-go meal or pre-prepped ingredients to get a meal on the table faster – Jewel Osco has a solution for manic mealtime.

Did you know that numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family? Home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Not to mention, people who frequently cook at home eat fewer, healthier calories.  Additionally, regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and less risky behavior.

However, according to a 2013 Harris poll, only 30 percent of American families share dinner every night. Why is this? Yes, juggling jobs, kids and the demands of a busy, modern life often come at the expense of family mealtime at home. But, this doesn’t need to be the case. Let us be your ally—the solution to your mealtime dilemma. We are committed to helping your family eat well together to be well together.

Still not sure you can make the commitment to family meal times?  Try these tips to reduce the stress of getting meals on the table:

  1.  Simplify!  Pre-make some meals that can be warmed up during the week, choose meals that are quick and easy to make, and get everyone involved in shopping and meal prep.  No one can do it all alone!  Plus, its more fun when the family works together.
  2. Have fun (without technology)!  Let the kids pick background music,  ditch the table and have an indoor picnic, or play a guessing game at the table to spark conversation.
  3. Be flexible! Keep other meals in mind.  Squeeze in family breakfast or get together for an after school or evening snack when schedules get in the way of dinner.

So, as the new school year starts, we challenge you to renew your commitment to creating and serving meals at home that nourish your kids and help them flourish for life. Pledge to Raise Your Mitt to Commit™ to sharing one more family meal at home per week. Share your own family meal experiences, misadventures and solutions within your social channels. And, remember, use the hashtag #familymealsmonth to be part of the conversation!

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‘Source Note: Cornell University College of Human Ecology Department of Policy Analysis and Management: Do Family Meals Really Make a Difference?, Eliza Cook, Rachel Dunifon. 2012; Accessed [date],

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