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Family meals

Family Meals

spell

S – U – C – C – E – S - S


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What does “family meal” mean to you?


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Is there time for meals?


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Are family meals important?

How frequent are family meals?


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% 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 we eat today

How we eat today . . .


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


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% 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


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Jeopardy’s Million Dollar Man –

Ken Jennings


U unlikely to smoke

U = Unlikely to smoke…

http://www.casafamilyday.org


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Family Dinners and Teen Substance-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

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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C = Courteous and Conversational


Family meals

C = Connected to Family


E eating better

E = Eating Better

↑ fruits and vegetables

↑ grains

↑ calcium-rich foods

↑ protein

↑ iron

↑ fiber

↑ vitamins

↓ soft drinks

Neumark-Sztainer, JADA (103), 2003


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JADA. 104:1 Supplement 1. January 2004


Family meals could they help prevent overweight

Family Meals: Could 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


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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!!


Tv and family meals kaiser family foundation 1999 1090 2 7 yrs old 2065 8 18 yrs old

TV and Family Meals: Kaiser Family Foundation 1999 (1090 2-7 yrs old; 2065 8-18 yrs old)

Is TV usually on during meals in your home?

(% yes)

Total sample58%

2-7 yrs47%

8-18 yrs65%

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


What difference does tv make

What difference does TV make?

  • 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:

  • Make a priority

  • Plan ahead

  • Create positive atmosphere


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Strategies for family meals:

Make a priority


Community support

Community Support

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?

  • Educate students

  • Inform parents

  • Promotion ideas

  • Designate “no practice” during mealtimes

  • Family style meals at school


Family meals

www.casafamilyday.org

FamilyTable.info


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Strategies for family meals:

Plan ahead


Strategies for family meals3

Strategies for family meals:

Create positive atmosphere


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Family Meals:

Impossible Dream or Realistic Goal?


Family dinners 1998 2005

Family Dinners, 1998-2005

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


Family mealtime make it happen

Family MealtimeMake it happen!


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This presentation on Family 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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