Science Around Family Meal Times
With an aim to inspire families to eat at home together more often, we are proud to celebrate National Family Meals Month™ in September! During September, we encourage families to share one more meal together per week and we will highlight simple, healthy meal solutions to help make that happen.
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. 84% of U.S. grocery shoppers believe home cooking is healthier (FMI U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2020). 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? Did you know that 63% of Americans decide what to eat less than an hour before eating (The Hartman Group. Eating Occasions Compass 2013). 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!
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.