Why You Should Make Family Meals Part of Your Busy Day
SATURDAY, Aug. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Family meals are a recipe for healthy eating in kids, nutritionists say.
"Research shows that families who regularly dine together are more likely to eat more fruits, vegetables and fiber and are less likely to eat fried foods," said Kristen Gradney, a dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
"Eating together promotes healthy weight in children, perhaps due to more nourishing food choices, and can encourage them to try new foods," she explained in an academy news release.
Plus, families who eat together tend to be closer, because mealtime encourages conversations. It helps kids feel more at ease sharing their feelings, which, in turn, can help lessen behavioral problems and may even improve their grades, Gradney said.
As part of Kids Eat Right Month in August, the academy offers this advice to help parents make and enjoy family meals after a busy day:
HelpGuide.org has more on kids and healthy eating.
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