What if every family in America sat down at the dinner table together on the same night? On Wednesday October 17, the Partnership for a Healthier America and Cozi, a free online organizer for busy families, are asking families to do just that.
America Makes Dinner is an opportunity for families to take a break from their busy schedules and gather around the table to enjoy a healthy meal together. Eating meals together as a family has many benefits, including:
- It allows parents to catch up on their children’s lives at school and ask them questions about their feelings, friends, and opinions. Mealtime provides a great outlet for family members to get to know one another better.
- Having a designated mealtime also discourages snacking, which can help kids learn to recognize when they’re hungry and stop eating when they’re full.
- Meals cooked at home also tend to be healthier than meals purchased outside the home. Studies have shown that eating out leads to a 50% increase in calories, sodium and fat intake!
- Family mealtime helps steer kids away from risky behaviors like smoking and drug use as they move into their teenage years.
So what are you waiting for? Plan your healthy family meal today and register to participate in America Makes Dinner here.
Healthy Family Fun has plenty of recipes to make dinnertime both healthy and enjoyable. Combine fruit, vegetables, and lean protein with our simple Chicken with Ginger, Broccoli, and Grapefruit recipe. You can’t go wrong with our Italian Sausage Soup – there are only two steps from preparation to plate! And our Enchilada Bake is sure to be a hit with the whole family with less than 10 ingredients and only 20 minutes to bake.