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1 Family Meals: Where Kids Belong

2 Is there time for meals?

3 Are family meals important? How frequent are family meals?

4 2005 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents % Teens Having Family Dinners 7X/Week

5 What happened to the family meal? Conflicting schedules Both parents working Long work hours Split shifts Meetings Sports practices Music lessons ↓ Cooking skills

6 How we eat today...

7 Do family meals matter?

8 Improved scholastic performance: ↑ language acquisition (C. Snow, Harvard Grad School of Education) ↑ school performance and achievement test scores (University of Illinois) ↑ academic success (Reader’s Digest survey)

9 2005 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents % Teens Who Get A’s/B’s in School by Frequency of Family Dinners

10 Do family meals matter? Fewer behavioral problems: 5 meals/week → ↓ drugs, depression, trouble (B. Bowden, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital)

11 2005 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents Family Dinners and Teen Substance-Abuse Risk

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13 Happier families: I mproved communication Stronger family ties Greater sense of identity and belonging Do family meals matter?

14 Improved nutrition: ↑ fruits and vegetables ↑ grains ↑ calcium-rich foods ↑ protein ↑ iron ↑ fiber ↑ vitamins ↓ soft drinks and snacks Neumark-Sztainer, JADA (103), 2003

15 Frequency of family meals and disordered eating among girls: Project EAT Disordered Eating (%) Never or more Frequency of Meals

16 Family Meals: Could they help prevent overweight in children? ↑ nutrient-dense foods, ↓ nutrient-poor foods Consistent mealtimes → food security Parents role model healthy eating at meals Prevent “disengaged” eating and promote “focused” eating, respond to hunger/fullness Promote sense of belonging

17 What teens like to do with their parents Spend holidays together90% Go out to a nice restaurant86% Go on vacation79% Eat dinner at home79% Family parties68% Go to church, synagogue66% Watch TV66% Go out for fast food64% Teenage Research Unlimited, P. Zollo, 2004

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19 Strategies for family meals: Make a priority Plan ahead Create positive atmosphere

20 Strategies for family meals: Make a priority

21 Strategies for family meals: Plan ahead

22 Strategies for family meals: Create a positive atmosphere and turn off the TV

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24 2005 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents Family Dinners,

25 For more information on Family Mealtime visit the Purdue University Center for Families’ Promoting Family Meals Project:

26 Please respond: “What do YOU think about – Promoting Family Meals?”


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