According to Food Marketing Institute, the studies show again and again the significant, measurable scientific proof about the positive, lifelong benefits of family meals. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and health of all family members.
A significant study on the relationship between certain family characteristics and adolescent problem behaviors, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that teens who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are:
In this white paper produced for the Food Marketing Institute Foundation by The Hartman Group, the desires, barriers, and directions for shared meals at home are identified and explored.
In this Huffington Post article, Diane K. Rice, RD of the Monday Campaigns shares why one of the nation’s leading health influencers, Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD supports The Kids Cook Monday campaign. Read Rice’s article and explore the many links to research supporting the benefits of family meals from trusted sources like Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab and the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
In her recent book, author Miriam Weinstein asks this question: “What if I told you that there was a magic bullet—something that would improve the quality of your daily life, your children’s chances of success in the world, [and] your family’s health? Something that is inexpensive, simple to produce, and within the reach of pretty much everyone? You guessed it—the answer is family meals.” Read a summary of Weinstein’s book courtesy of the University of Florida, including tips to inspire family meal promotion ideas.
According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, children who have frequent meals with their families are likely to do better in school, have a closer relationship with parents and siblings, resist negative peer pressure, are less likely to try drugs or alcohol at an earlier age and less likely to develop disordered eating behaviors.