News Roundup: National Family Meals Month

September is National Family Meals Month. This month is dedicated to spreading awareness regarding the health benefits of eating meals at home, together as a family. In today’s busy world, this is not always possible. However, something is better than nothing. Eating just a few meals at home together is better than none.

Research has shown that eating more meals together at home can increase self-esteem, encourages healthier eating habits, improves grades and reduces the risky behavior among children of all ages. Another positive that comes from families eating more meals together is that structured meals can reduce the risk of children suffering from an eating disorder or being overweight when three or more meals are eaten at home per week.

This week's news roundup brings to you a collection of articles and blog posts related to National Family Meals Month.

Share a meal: September is National Family Meals Month. Newton Daily News.  “With the new school year beginning, you can use this time to get back on track with schedules and family meals. Start with one meal at home per week and work to add more each week. Remember to include foods from all the food groups at meals using the MyPlate way. Keeping fruits and vegetables on hand whether they are fresh, frozen or canned can make meals simple by adding those as quick side dishes”

Health benefits of cooking at home. GidiUrban. “Eating at home allows you to control the ingredients in your food, so you can use natural ingredients instead of unhealthy processed foods. Processed foods, frequently served in restaurants or available in pre-made meals from the grocery store, tend to be high in sodium, fat and added sugars.”

Regular Meal Times Make Eating Healthier Seem Easier. Today. “A new study, published to the Cambridge Journals, finds students who prepare and consume meals regularly have healthier diets compared to students who fail to follow a regular eating routine. The study — which looked at the eating habits of 1,013 community college and public university students in the United States — identified healthier participants as the same students who prepared meals at home and consistently consumed meals in the morning and evening.”

8 Reasons to make time for family dinner. Health. “A 2000 survey found that the 9- to 14-year-olds who ate dinner with their families most frequently ate more fruits and vegetables and less soda and fried foods. Their diets also had higher amounts of many key nutrients, like calcium, iron, and fiber. Family dinners allow for both "discussions of nutrition [and] provision of healthful foods," says Matthew W. Gillman, MD, the survey’s lead researcher and the director of the Obesity Prevention Program at the Harvard Medical School.”

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