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Sharing Meals Offers Lifelong Benefits

Busy lives often mean food on the run. However, the experts will recommend that all families take time to share meals together, as the benefits for all family members are worth a change in routines. Dr. Anne K. Fishel, author of “Home For Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids”, highlights 15 years of research that confirms regular family dinners are linked with lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, depression, obesity, and eating disorders. While these negative impacts are avoided, children of families who eat meals together also show higher grade-point averages and self-esteem. She reminds us all that mealtime isn’t about food and instead, the focus should be on each other. Use it as a time to catch up on the day’s ups and downs; talk, relax, laugh and develop a sense of family and belonging.

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