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Family Meals. spell S – U – C – C – E – S - S. Family Meals. What does “family meal” mean to you?. Is there time for meals?. Are family meals important? How frequent are family meals?. % Teens Having Family Dinners 7X/Week.

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Family meals

Family Meals

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S – U – C – C – E – S - S


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Family Meals

What does “family meal” mean to you?



Are family meals important?

How frequent are family meals?


% Teens Having Family Dinners 7X/Week

2005 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents http://www.casacolumbia.org


What happened to the family meal
What happened to the family meal?

  • Conflicting schedules

  • Both parents working

  • Long work hours

  • Split shifts

  • Meetings

  • Sports practices

  • Music lessons

  • ↓ Cooking skills



How about you
How about YOU?

Reflect on your own experiences with family mealtime . . .

  • Share your best memories of family meals growing up

  • Describe “family meals” for you today


Do family meals matter
Do family meals matter?

Academic performance

Risk-taking behaviors

Relationships

Eating habits and weight


S u c c e s s
S – U – C – C – E – S - S

  • Smarter children…

  • Unlikely to smoke, drink, or take drugs…

  • Courteous and conversational…

  • Connected to family…and

  • Eating better! Because…at family meals

  • Sharing food and conversation

  • Strengthens families!!


S smarter children
S = Smarter Children

↑ language acquisition(C. Snow, Harvard Grad School of Education)

↑ vocabulary = better readers and students


% Teens Who Get A’s/B’s in School by Frequency of Family Dinners

2005 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents http://www.casacolumbia.org



U unlikely to smoke
U = Unlikely to smoke… Dinners

http://www.casafamilyday.org


Family Dinners and Teen DinnersSubstance-Abuse Risk

2005 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents http://www.casacolumbia.org


What teens like to do with their parents
What teens like to do with their parents Dinners

Spend holidays together 90%

Go out to a nice restaurant 86%

Go on vacation 79%

Eat dinner at home 79%

Family parties 68%

Go to church, synagogue 66%

Watch TV 66%

Go out for fast food 64%

Teenage Research Unlimited, P. Zollo, 2004




E eating better
E = Eating Better Dinners

↑ fruits and vegetables

↑ grains

↑ calcium-rich foods

↑ protein

↑ iron

↑ fiber

↑ vitamins

↓ soft drinks

Neumark-Sztainer, JADA (103), 2003


JADA. Dinners104:1 Supplement 1. January 2004


Family meals could they help prevent overweight
Family Meals: DinnersCould they help prevent overweight?

  • Consistent mealtimes → food security

  • ↑ nutrient-dense foods, ↓ nutrient-poor foods

  • Parents role model healthy eating at meals

  • Prevent “disengaged” eating and promote “focused” eating, respond to hunger/satiety

  • Promote sense of belonging


S u c c e s s1
S – U – C – C – E – S - S Dinners

  • Smarter children…

  • Unlikely to smoke, drink, or take drugs…

  • Courteous and conversational…

  • Connected to family…and

  • Eating better! Because…at family meals

  • Sharing food and conversation

  • Strengthens families!!


Tv and family meals kaiser family foundation 1999 1090 2 7 yrs old 2065 8 18 yrs old
TV and Family Meals: DinnersKaiser Family Foundation 1999 (1090 2-7 yrs old; 2065 8-18 yrs old)

Is TV usually on during meals in your home?

(% yes)

Total sample 58%

2-7 yrs 47%

8-18 yrs 65%

www.kff.org/content/archive/1477/vchip_s.pdf


What difference does tv make
What difference does TV make? Dinners

  • TV during meals ↑ in households with ↓ incomes, less educated or single parents

  • Consumption of pizza, salty snacks and soda higher among families with TV on during 2 or more meals

  • Children from families with high TV use had 5% less of their energy intake from fruits and vegetables

Coon et al. Pediatrics 2001:107


Strategies for family meals
Strategies for family meals: Dinners

  • Make a priority

  • Plan ahead

  • Create positive atmosphere


Strategies for family meals1
Strategies for family meals: Dinners

Make a priority


Community support

Community Support Dinners

Reorganization of meetings and schedules to keep mealtimes open and available for families to be home and together.

Create coalitions.


How can schools promote

How can schools promote? Dinners

  • Educate students

  • Inform parents

  • Promotion ideas

  • Designate “no practice” during mealtimes

  • Family style meals at school


www.casafamilyday.org Dinners

FamilyTable.info


Strategies for family meals2
Strategies for family meals: Dinners

Plan ahead


Strategies for family meals3
Strategies for family meals: Dinners

Create positive atmosphere


Family Meals: Dinners

Impossible Dream or Realistic Goal?


Family dinners 1998 2005
Family Dinners, 1998-2005 Dinners

2005 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents http://www.casacolumbia.org


Family mealtime make it happen

Family Mealtime DinnersMake it happen!


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Family Meals Dinners

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This presentation on DinnersFamily Mealtimewas made possible by thePurdue UniversityCenter for Families’Promoting Family Meals Project. For more information go to:

www.cfs.purdue.edu/CFF/promotingfamilymeals


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