Take full advantage of the social benefits that a meal can offer. They are also a great opportunity to eat healthily!
Families have limited time to spend together and meals may be the only time of the day when they can reconnect, leaving behind individual pursuits like watching TV, playing video games, emailing and doing homework. A meal is an opportunity to relax, recharge, laugh, tell stories and catch up on the week’s ups and downs, while developing a sense of who we are as a family.
Eating meals in front of the TV, mobile phone or tablet certainly interferes with the pleasures and benefits of conversation and does not carry the same mental health benefits as those eaten “unplugged”. Parents have known for a long time: sharing a family meal is good for the spirit, the brain and the health of all its members and also lowers the rates of obesity and eating disorders in children and adolescents.
Recently bereaved older people might suddenly find themselves eating alone, and this could have a significant impact on the quality of their meals. Finding ways to encourage people of all ages to enjoy eating healthy foods together can be a great way to promote healthy habits.
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