With an aim to inspire families to eat at home together more often, Best Choice is excited to celebrate National Family Meals Month this September! This is the second year in a row that we’ve participated in this nationwide event that highlights the importance of sharing meals together at home with your family. We hope you can join us! Here’s how:
- Share one more meal with your family per week. A family can be defined in a variety of ways. Many may first think of families as your immediate relatives living under the same roof (parents, grandparents and kids). But family for a college student, young adult, single person, or retiree means something different. Family can mean your roommates, your neighbors, your visiting friends and family, your teammates, your church group, your book club – anyone that you care about enough to sit down with and share a meal.
- Cook together. Preparing a simple meal together is a fun & educational way to spend quality time with your family. To make it easy, we’ve shared a simple breakfast recipe to start with and try out:
- Get social! Share your family photos and meal ideas with us by tagging Best Choice in your Facebook posts, tweets and Instagram photos. Be sure to also use the hashtag: #FamilyMealsMonth. Get creative and have fun! We’ll randomly select participants to win Best Choice swag.
Why is participating in Family Meals Month so important? Numerous studies underscore the long-term nutritional, economic and social advantages of consistently eating together as a family. Home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain and health of all family members. 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.
So join us this month as we share fun ideas and simple, healthy recipes that will create delicious meals and lasting memories together with our families.
* Source Note: Cornell University College of Human Ecology Department of Policy Analysis and Management: Do Family Meals Really Make a Difference?, Eliza Cook, Rachel Dunifon. 2012; Accessed August 29, 2016. http://www.human.cornell.edu/ pam/outreach/upload/Family-Mealtimes-2.pdf
Here’s a recap of how we celebrated National Family Meals Month last year: